Second chance at life with second hand furniture
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
The climb out of poverty and addiction is a mountain of its own, but imagine being a mother and bringing your children on that same journey.
A group of women are seeking rehabilitation through the art of restoration.
It's mothers like Megan Shomidie, who now have a second chance at providing for their family.
"It's given me employment, I can provide for me and my daughter I can come to work," Megan Shomidie said. "I am held accountable for the work that I do.”
She's just one of many women refurbishing furniture to restore hope.
"We kind of think of it as a piece of furniture that need to be restored, and many of these women have little hope in their hearts and souls need to be restored as well,” Margaret Ann Jessup said.
It's all part of the program Wooden it be Lovely started by Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church.
Organizers said it's a unique way to empower women in difficult situations. Some of these women might not otherwise be able to work.
With 90 percent of their furniture coming from donations, these women transform pieces to be sold back to the public.
"And now two years later we have sold over $70,000 worth of furniture," Megan Shomidie said.
Their efforts show what was once cracked, unloved and stained can be transformed into something truly lovely.
"It's amazing and I couldn’t be more grateful for it," Shomidie said
Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church is always looking for more donations.
You can buy some of this furniture at their next sale.
The sale will take place at Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church on March 24 at 9 a.m.