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Extreme Makeover: New Life Edition

New Life EMworkersThe recent remodel and transformation of the Life Skills Cottage at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake shares many similarities with a certain reality TV show: a rapid construction and finish out, a race-against-time team effort, the donation of all labor and materials, and the renovation as a working metaphor – rebuilding a space for a family or group in need of new hope. Standing in for Ty Pennington were team leaders Jody Maas, Deb Otto, and Carolyn Boden from ACTS Church Lakeway.

The weekend before the big makeover, a volunteer group from ACTS Church Lakeway prepped the space and cleared and moved out the old furniture and clutter. Another crew from ACTS Church, Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Austin, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church helped with the cleaning, painting, and moving in. All totaled, 11 people worked between 8-22 hours each over a two-day period. To quote one of the volunteers: “It was a lot of work – but so worth it!” Another volunteer summed it up this way: “It was an amazing ‘transformation’ of a space … in a place where amazing ‘transformations’ of young girls’ lives happen every day.”

Now “Move that bus!” and take a look at the finished product …

New Life EM final

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