Two extreme makeovers for women’s transitional housing

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- You've probably heard of Extreme Makeover, Home Edition. Now, it's happening in Independence; two apartments in one week. And it's all to benefit girls aged six to 21.

Time is winding down. The Junior Service League of Independence started two apartment renovations last Sunday. The purpose is to help out Steppingstone, a transitional living campus for women and children looking for a home.

"Some are aging out of the foster care system, some runaways, some homeless girls," said Steppingstone director Lynn Durbin.

It’s a team effort to revive these apartments, but with a little rivalry. The volunteers are divided into two teams, competing for bragging rights and a trophy for best remodeled apartment.

"I can't see the other apartment. I've seen that they've had some heavy artillery over there and it's been a little bit intimidating. But I think that our team is creative and I think that we will hopefully rise to the occasion," said JSL member Sarah Miskew.

Labor is free and most parts are donated. Volunteers raised $7,500 and will spend more than 40 hours on this renovation project.

Although the volunteers are competing for a trophy, the biggest winners are the girls at Steppingstone.

The apartment makeover will end at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Junior Service League will be accepting donations until then.

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