BARTLETT – March 15 in Bartlett marked the 18th room makeover by Special Spaces Chicagoland, a nonprofit that creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening illnesses.
For a 12-year-old Bartlett resident*, the makeover meant a new room specially designed for her.
Community partners made the project possible, from funding to labor.
“It’s just as important for the volunteers as it is for the recipient,” said Kelly Knox, director of Special Spaces Chicagoland. “Giving back, to me, honestly is the greatest joy.”
Before the final touches came together March 15, Rosseland Construction of Bartlett spent the past two weeks of February at the residence, building a wall and closet to convert the loft in the Bartlett residence into a bedroom for the girl and her sister, owner Chris Rosseland said.
Workers were there from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day during that time, he said.
The crew also installed a smoke detector for the new bedroom and added lighting, shelving and a door to the closet, Rosseland said.
The labor was all donated, and Home Depot provided the materials at no charge, he said.
When Rosseland heard about Special Spaces and the Bartlett girl who needed his help, he was happy to get involved, having lost his mom in summer 2013 to cancer.
“It just kind of hit home for me,” Rosseland said.
Other project partners included First Eagle Bank in Hanover Park, which donated $2,000 for the project, and Team One Volleyball Club from Aurora.
Members of Team One raised $1,100 for the project through a beach volleyball tournament. They then put the finishing touches on the girl’s bedroom, including paint, furniture, window treatments, artwork and more.
“They gave a lot of time and effort into this project,” Knox said.
For the families who receive new bedrooms from Special Spaces, it helps to show them that people care enough to donate their time and money in such a way.
“It just gives them hope,” Knox said.
This was Rosseland’s first time participating in a project like Special Spaces, but he plans to help again.
He said he was proud of the work he and his crew did, and just as the families receive hope, those who volunteer gain something in return as well.
“It feels good when you do something like that,” Rosseland said. “It’s really something.”
*Family wishes to remain anonymous