Wednesday, September 21, 2011
For those who don't know what Extreme Home Make Over is about, here is a short recap. Ty Pennington, the host, receives letters about people who are in need of a home makeover. Typically, the recipient has an illness, is a community advocate, or a person with an extreme hardship. Hence the title "Extreme Home Makeover." They come to town, assess the situation, and build the family a brand new dwelling in just a few days. This is done, of course with the help of several local groups, businesses, and volunteers. The house is revealed and we are all crying.
Now on to the season premiere.
The first show, this season, is dedicated to supporting, helping, and understanding the needs of our Military Families. We all know someone or associate with someone with a family member in active duty. Extreme Home Make Over decided to support this cause with the help of our First Lady, Michelle Obama. First Lady Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden, are the initiators of the Join Forces (http://www.joinforces.gov/) program for Military families, so she asked the EHM to help her bless Steps & Stages Jubilee House (http://stepsnstages.com/contact.html) in Fayetteville, NC. Barbara Marshall, a retired veteran, is the owner and operator of this house. Her goal is to never see a female veteran homeless, helpless, and without support.
Despite any of our political views, I have to say that the First Lady of our country, America, is a class act.
During the show, Barbara was residing in her tiny home, with 3 other families as well as supporting 70-80 women veterans per week. Can you say a packed house? Barbara's husband James died last year, and the house was in need of much repair, space, etc. Yet, Barbara and her housemates, Judy Hilburn, Heather Alojado, and Nikki Harper were all making do. Many women spoke of Barbara's diligence and commitment. Being a former Commander, didn't hurt her tenacity either.
So finally the house is finished and it is beyond words. The residents of Jubilee House actually get to meet First Lady Obama and they are now able to work, live, and support others in this beautiful new house. If you are not crying by the end, I just don't know what to tell you.
You have to see the story and total transformation for yourself, on Sunday, September 25, 2011 7/6c, but check your local listing for ABC and for goodness sake, DVR it! Right now, you can go to the EHM site on ABC and see the photo gallery from the Jubilee house (http://abc.go.com/shows/extreme-makeover-home-edition/photos).
And although, they have received a great deal of help from Extreme Home Make Over, they could always use the help and resources of others. So below the mailing address and phone number for Steps & Stages:
Steps & Stages, Inc.:
Resourcing Disabled Women Veterans
P.O. Box 9764
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311-9764
Please watch this show and support your local military families.
In the meantime...Keep Walking in Faith,