The makeover, coordinated by Vicky Joseph, Bridge Communities’
The team of contributors includes: Dave Martin, Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs; Ken Limong, Applied Construction Concepts; Debra and Doug Lellbach, Lellbach Builders; Bob Jung, Bob Jung Painting and Decorating; Jeannie Triezenberg, Hire Order; Troy Marcum, Sherwin-Williams;
“Not one single person turned us down as we looked for resources,” notes Vicky Joseph. “Everyone was so generous. It was hard work! It’s only a three room apartment, so they had to move everything around and back again. Not one grumble! They could not have been more lovely to work with. They were excited about what they were doing and excited that this was going to change this family’s life. It was heartwarming.”
From conception to completion, the makeover project took five months, with the “reveal” taking place Monday, April 9 after Megan and her boys returned from a vacation visiting family. The makeover included carpeting installed throughout the three room apartment, all walls painted, kitchen and bathroom tile flooring, kitchen cabinets and countertops, appliances, light fixtures, furniture, window treatments, décor, and a major organizing overhaul of every room. The entire process was documented by Neil Gates Photography and Sikich Marketing and Design Services and is being produced into a video documentary.
“Everyone involved worked so hard to make this dream a reality,” comments Jennie Gates, event manager for Bridge Communities and one of the Bridge staff members dedicated to the project. “But nobody worked harder than Megan,” she says.
Vicky Joseph concurs, adding, “Megan is such a hard worker with the most amazing attitude. I’ve seen her go from the very lowest point in her life to such a positive, constructive place in her life. She’s an amazing mom with great kids. She’s the kind of woman you want to see only good things in her life. Having a lovely home, even though it’s tiny, is really important to her.”
Megan’s reaction upon seeing her completely made-over apartment was one of pure delight. “I can have guests over now!” she exclaimed. “I’ve never felt comfortable inviting people over before. Although it was full of love, I was always embarrassed at the way my house looked.”
Megan has embraced this process of change as more than just a home makeover; she is working diligently on improving several aspects of her life.
“What I see in Megan is the determination to keep on keeping on,” Joseph shares. “She told us she’s lost 40 pounds since this [home makeover] started. So there’s been a physical change. She’s going to continue her education; she works all day at Benedictine University and takes graduate classes at night. She’s so motivated and excited. Megan feels that life is good and the world is kind. The gift of this home makeover is giving her the energy to keep on keeping on. It’s not easy being a single mom, especially on her budget. But she’s working hard and making the most of all life has to offer.”
Bridge Communities is currently exploring the opportunity to continue the makeover project to help more Bridge client graduate families improve their living spaces.
Before and after photos of the apartment makeover are available. Please contact Heather Wachter at (630) 545-0610 ext. 30 or heather.wachter@