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Brookfield girl gets a place to call her own

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:55 p.m. CDT
(Matthew Hendrickson - mhendrickson@shawmedia.com)
Hannah Lemke (center), 4, is joined by her mom, Jen, and dad, Steve, as well as representatives of College Pro Painters, in front of her new playhouse.

BROOKFIELD – Jen and Steve Lemke watched with beaming smiles as their 4-year-old daughter, Hannah, opened doors and peeked through windows as she explored her new home away from home on Friday.

Painted Purple and pink, Hannah's favorite colors, the playhouse arrived Friday morning at their home in Brookfield, delivered by representatives of a local chapter of College Pro Painters, a Lombard-based house painting company. The house and paint job were donated by College Pro Painters through their partnership with the Illinois Autism Society.

According to mom, Hannah likes to have a place all her own to go to when she needs to relax. Hannah, who was diagnosed at 17 months old on the autism spectrum, will certainly be giving it a lot of use. Jen Lemke said that, in addition to its fun uses as a playhouse and a place to entertain her friends, Hannah will also be able to incorporate the playhouse into her therapy.

Libby Wojda, spokeswoman for the Autism Illinois Society, said she thought of Hannah immediately when she learned she had a playhouse to give away.

"I knew it was something she'd really enjoy," Wojda said.

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