Open house of remodeled church raises $20K

Grand Haven, 600 Washington Ave., Terry and Rene French
Terry and Rene French turned the building at 600 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven, which used to be a Seventh Day Adventist church, tnto their home. (May 25, 2017)

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Haven couple who opened their home to the public to raise money for research into a neurological disorder say the event brought in thousands of dollars.

Terry and Rene French’s home at 600 Washington Ave. used to be a church. In 2013, they decided to restore it and turn it into a home. They kept many of the original features, including all of the stained glass windows.

Over the weekend, the Frenches held an open house to raise money for research of Rett syndrome, which their 7-year-old granddaughter has. They said 500 people toured the house, donating some $20,000.