here's what we've set out to do:

Our Board Of Directors

Ann Allen- Recovery Specialist

Cindy Brent- ReMax Professionals

Roxanne Harling- Memorial Health Systems

Linda Harrod- Retired Deacon, United Methodist Church

Julie Krehbiel- Sikich Financial

Angie Lefrenz- Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants

Kathy Lutkehus- CSC

Julia Melgreen- Lead Pastor, Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church

Libby Shelley- Prairie State Bank & Trust

Additional Fundraising Committee Members-

  • Guerry Suggs
  • Laura Dambacher

Wooden It Be Lovely is a non-profit social enterprise designed to give mothers in need unique and empowering employment and enriching relationships. This ministry is sponsored by Douglas Avenue United Methodist Church and is based on the premise that the Christian Gospels make it abundantly clear that Jesus calls us to care for the poor and others who are marginalized.

Our ministry's response to mothers recovering from lives of poverty and/or addiction differs from the secular world. When someone seeks assistance, the Church has something to offer in addition to responding to the direct need. The Church offers a nurturing and supporting family that is embodied by it’s words, actions, and life together.

Charity has always been a part of the mission of the Church. In recent years it has become apparent that one-way giving (i.e., the church giving money to those in need upon request) subtly implies that the recipient has nothing of value to give in return. Over time this type of giving establishes dependency on others, causing a cycle of oppression and loss of dignity for those involved.

Wooden It Be Lovely provides women in transition (those healing from lives of poverty and/or moms in recovery) with a unique and empowering job. The women refurbish donated wood furniture and sell their lovely refurbished furniture to the public. The work environment is supportive and empowering; providing childcare on the premise.

At the church, the women work side by side with volunteers from the community and congregation. It is the belief of this ministry that both those with material poverty and those that have the means benefit by working together and developing new relationships. The women also receive classes on life skills and childcare, recovery support and job and interview skills. 

Women in healing from lives of poverty and addiction often feel like society does not want to deal with them. The WIBL women relate to the metaphor of old furniture; often discarded, cracked, wobbly, unloved, and stained. With love, time and attention these wonderful women, like old furniture, can be refurbished into something lovely.