Ty and his team respond when asked by New York City firefighters to renovate the apartment of two other firefighters who lost comrades in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The interesting part is:Ty's team had only 12 hours to complete the renovation and any mistakes would be seen on live television. Help is given by Regis Philbin and members of the NHL's New York Rangers.
The Powers had tried to make improvements to their fixer-upper home, but when youngest daughter Olivia was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of leukemia, caring for her became a family affair and took time away from working on the house. Now cured, Olivia got through her cancer treatment with the loving support of family and friends, including a special mural in the house her mother painted that reads: "Take one day at a time…live, love & laugh…be strong, be you…breathe."
When Trent Woslum, a sergeant in the California National Guard, was finally able to buy his family their first fixer-upper home as a Christmas present in 2002, little did he know that by Valentine's Day he would have to leave the house, his wife and three sons behind to serve a tour of duty in Iraq. Unbeknownst to wife Dawna and the three sons — Steven, 12; Nicholas, 7; and Alex, 5, who were sent on vacation to Disneyland for seven days while the house was being transformed, Trent returned home from Iraq.
For years John Cox traveled worldwide to help churches and organizations. Meanwhile, to support her dedicated husband's endeavors, his wife, Wendy, quit her job as a nurse to stay at home and care for their three young daughters. When he received a permanent position as a youth minister, John was able to buy his family their very first home. Now their humble abode has received a complete renovation and been transformed into a real dream house.
When Contessa Mendoza was 17 years old and still in high school, she made the tough decision to become a single mom. This exceptional young lady went on to become the valedictorian of her high school graduating class and eventually earned her masters degree. Despite enormous odds, Contessa, who is a social worker, has given everything of herself to raise her daughter and two foster kids. When it was decided that the Van Nuys, California house where Contessa Mendoza and her family live needed more space, the team of designers and workmen of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition stepped in and made some dramatic changes, including adding a second story to the house.
The McCrory Family is very large. They were living in a very small house. With two sons already, they found out the were going to get triplets. Can EM:HE give them a bigger home for their children?
"Sweet Alice" Harris is known for her kindness and watchful eye on the neighborhood. Her house went through some floods though and desperately needed a makeover. But, with the show title being Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, they got a great one.
Robert Gil's life and his family's was changed forever when he was involved in a car accident and left paralyzed form the neck down. They had a two-story house and Robert had no way to get up there. The design team, sweet as they are, added an elevator so that he could see the rest of his house.
Several years ago, when Freedman Hardin II lost track of his father, he decided to go looking for him. As luck would have it, he found him on Father's Day four years ago. Freedman II had a full family and no spare space for his father to sleep, his father lived in a fifth wheel trailer outside their house.
An SUV crashes into a house. No one was hurt. John Tugwell, a former Vietnam veteran who presently works for the U.S. Postal Service, and his wife, Susan -- a fourth grade school teacher and avid reader who loves design and architecture from the grand style of the Italian Renaissance -- have been married for 28 years. Until the accident, their daughter, Abbey, 25, and infant granddaughter, Jamie, lived with them. Susan would love nothing more than to have her family all live together. The family was sent to Las Vegas for vacation.
They live in Yorba Linda, California. There are nine children and no father. Greg Walswick died of cancer a few years ago. They deserved this so much.
The Extreme Makeover Home Edition team provides the right medicine for a young man whose house was making him sick. It wasn't easy for Carrie Powell to bring relief to her younger son, Keenan, who suffers from a rare cell disorder, asthma, as well as allergies. It was all made worse by the dust and living mold in their Arleta, California home. Doctors told Carrie that Keenan wouldn't live to see his first birthday. Determined to not give up hope, Carrie, a florist by trade, turned to her herb garden to help Keenan deal with his diseases. Keenan beat the odds and is now a strapping 16-year old who wears a size 15 shoe and stands at 6 feet tall. Keenan has been able to keep his health in check, but keeping the house hypo-allergenic for him has been a problem. So, the team of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," in an episode airing on SUNDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), made a house call. Their mission was to prescribe the right antidote for Keenan by eradicating the black mold and providing a healthy, new environment for the entire family. While the divorced Carrie learned to grow her own medicinal herbs for Keenan, she lost job after job because she had to take time off every time Keenan was admitted to the hospital. In addition to caring for Keenan and her older son, Chris, now 25, she couldn't keep up with the expenses of constantly fixing things in the house that made Keenan sick. Before Chris leaves for military duty in the Middle East, he wanted to make sure his mom and little brother would be well taken care of and the house be no longer toxic to Keenan. Carrie, Keenan and Chris went on a vacation to New York. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" features team leader Ty Pennington, Dawson Connor, Alle Ghadban, Paige Hemmis and Michael Moloney.
Two parents pass away leaving eight kids behind ages 12-23. They have to share a single bathroom. The older ones are left to take care of the younger ones. This is in Livermore, California. In June 2003 Diane died as a result of heart problems. Mark died 16 days later of a heart attack. Their eight kids were left to grieve a double, unbelievable loss. The two oldest siblings moved back home and took legal guardianship of their brothers and sisters, which enabled the family to stay together. Otherwise the kids would have ended up in foster care. The family - Jennifer, 23, Janice, 21, Daniel, 20, Kelly, 20, Rachel, 18, Jackie, 16, Dolly, 14 and twelve-year-old Teresa spent a week at Disney World. On the day of the "reveal," over 3000 people lined the streets to cheer on the Cadigan-Scotts.
Just months after a young, divorced mother of two got involved with a blood drive, she received a call that her marrow matched that of a baby girl with leukemia. At the time, Brook Imbriani had no idea how her selfless donation would impact her own family's life, as well as the life of a sick child. But Brook turned a tragic situation into triumph, and appreciation for her generosity was shown when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition literally knocked the Imbriani's neglected house to the ground and transformed it into a dream home.
We start off with seeing some clips of the episode and a review of the first season. This is a family of nine. The wife and mother Teresa passed away unexpectedly four years ago. Then we see the application video. They really spill their hearts and it's a sad video. Next Ty and the team talk to every member of the household to see sort of what they want and what they like. Then the family heads off in a limo to go on their vacation. The team is then very busy with the house. Sometime after that, they hit a gas line and gas leaks. They think it will explode so they clear the area and the police/firefighters come in to stop it. This delays them for a little while but as soon as they can, they jump right in and make up for lost time. The house seems to be coming along well. Later they get surfboards for the family and some of the team members sneak out to go surfing or as they say testing them. It seems that the other team members don't find out. Michael and Preston clash about painting mahogany doors. This ends the hour.
Veronica and Johnny have 4 kids. Once while Johnny's mother was visiting, she was killed by a gangster and Johnny was forced to take in his younger siblings. Social Services are threatening to take his younger siblings away if the house doesn't get fixed up. And of course, that's why the EMHE team is here.
Shelby Pope is a 12 year old girl who is allergic to sun-light. The team sets out to make Shelby and the entire Pope family feel less like prisoners in their own home.
A girl named Hannah has a weak immune system and had a heart transplant at only 11 days old. She has to take $1,000 medicine every day and that is what weakens her immune system. While the family vacations in San Diego, the team works hard to build a better home and environment for the Grinnan family. And surprise surprise! Lee Ann Womack performs at the end for the family!
A woman who runs an organization to help the needy lives in a very run-down and small house with family and extended family. The design team has a challenge ahead of them but gives a great home.
Two boys, Paul and Kuran, were born to a crack-addicted mother. Lucy Ali adopted them as infants so she could give them a better life. As the boys were getting older, she decided it was time to expand the home. She gave a large sum of money to a contractor to add on, but he basically ran off with the money. Can EM:HE do what the con-artist didn't?
The Family: Mom (deaf), Dad (deaf), 12 year old boy (autistic/blind), 14 year old boy with a heart of gold. Everyone in the family has special needs (except the 14 year old) and the design team from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition steps in to make a change.
A few months ago, Jennier Elcano lost her husband, Glen, in an auto accident and has really had her hands full running the family farm and raising 11-year-old son Michael and 6-year-old daughter Ashley. Ty and the team come in to save the day. This episode's design team:Ty, Preston, Paul, Tracy & Constance.
When Benjamin Burns was born in 1997, he was an apparently healthy baby boy. Six months later, Benjamin's sister was playing with her baby brother and, when he started to fall, she reached out to help him. But when she grabbed his arm, she unknowingly fractured it. In the weeks that followed, routine tasks performed by Benjamin's parents resulted in more visits to the hospital and led to the discovery that his arm had been re-injured and he had a fractured skull. Eventually, Child Protective Services was called and Benjamin was separated for three months from his parents, who were accused of child abuse. Nothing could have been further from the truth, and loving parents Gerald and Ellen Burns spent every resource they had trying to get their son back and prove their innocence. When it was finally diagnosed that Benjamin suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily, the Burns were cleared of the abuse charges and allowed to bring their son home.
A strong mother has assisted three of her adopted children and many others through facing AIDS with courage, teaching them that life is here for the living. Her recent bout with cancer has only enforced that belief.
As a struggling widow of three daughters, Roseanne Dore is no stranger to hardship. The family was dealt a tremendous blow when their Kingston, Washington home, originally built by Roseanne and her husband, burned to the ground in March 2004. Following the devastating news of the fire, Roseanne found out that their home insurance policy lapsed when their agent retired. The structure was uninhabitable. While figuring out what to do, Roseanne moved her three daughters into a half-built, backyard utility shed that had no plumbing, electricity or running water. While living in the makeshift shelter, Roseanne's daughters - Jessica, 21, Sarah, 17 and Aariel, 13 -- went to friends' houses to shower. The entire family was stuck using an old doorless outhouse on the two-and-a-half acre property. One of the family's only wishes for their new home was to have indoor plumbing and bedrooms. When not cooking on an outdoor propane camp stove, these ladies took inside to the shed to prepare food. Despite the absence of plumbing or electricity, Roseanne and her daughters still made the half-built shed their home and would invite family over for dinners. Roseanne, who works as the cafeteria server at the local elementary school and is a Girl Scout leader, donates her property to the local Girl Scouts for campouts and outdoor excursions. Here the girls learned how to set up tents and survive in the outdoors.
For the first time in the history of the popular reality series, design team leader Ty Pennington had to call the vacationing Anderson Family to tell them that the show had missed their deadline to complete the makeover on their home in South Central Los Angeles. In two back-to-back episodes, the team helps a young man whose potential as a professional basketball career was literally shot down. Despite the one day delay, some of the shine on his future, as well as that of his family's, has been restored, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team.
The team builds a home for 17-year-old Jhryve Sears and family of Martinez, CA following her return home after extensive treatment for Krabbe disease. The mold-infested home was deemed unsuitable for the teen to live in by her doctors so the Extreme Home Makeover team stepped in and built a new house with a hospital grade filtration system to keep the home free of allergens and airborne impurities.
Two families from Arvada, Colorado - who were homeless - received the opportunity to live in a ranch-style duplex built by the design team.
While design team leader Ty Pennington was preparing to film this episode in his hometown of Atlanta, he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated appendix. Although he was still recuperating, the energetic and dedicated Pennington did not want to let the family down. The episode incorporated his predicament into the show and captured how Ty was able to do his part from his hospital bed and later in the week, to participate in the reveal for the Harper Family from the Atlanta suburb of Lake City, Georgia. Patricia and Milton Harper worked hard and sacrificed for all the right reasons, but still could not achieve their dream of providing a real home for their children. After moving from the projects in Brooklyn, they wanted to give their sons Darius, 17, LaVaughn, 15, and seven-year-old Mister a safe haven to come home to every day. But the first-time homeowners didn't know they had just bought a big dump -- literally. Unaware of any problems when they purchased the home, the Harpers soon found themselves knee high in raw sewage! Every time it rained hard -- which was often -- their septic tank would back up and human waste actually flooded their suburban home. Their furniture, clothes and even their dreams have all been ruined. Recently, their minivan was in an accident, so even that shelter was taken from them. Now, unlike their home, this family is completely drained, both emotionally and financially. In just seven days, the design team, Atlanta-based national homebuilder Beazer Home and hundreds of workers and volunteers were able to turn the Harper's living nightmare of a house into a dream home come true. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, who lives in Georgia, also came by to lend a helping hand.
The first ever set of surviving African-American sexpulets are the lucky people this week to receive a makeover. After a storm caused a tree to land in they garden the Harris Family have struggled. Luckily Ty and his team plus special guests the muppets build them a dream house that takes some of the stress of raising 6 children under 3 and a 10 year old.
The crew decide to help out an eight year old girl suffering from cancer. However, she doesn't want her house made over, she wants to help her friends at her hospital by redecorating the wards there. The crew are so impressed by this, that they decide to rennovate her house without telling the family.
A caring and generous family from Santa Fe Springs, California, who took five orphans into their small house, are featured in an episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
After a car crash claims the life of her husband and oldest son, the team makes over the Louisiana home of a widow and her three surviving boys, including a backyard playground built with help from Mat ``the Condor'' Hoffman.
The Harvey family living in hurricane ravished Florida, are living in a termite infested home with water logged ceilings. Mr Harvey, having been diagnosed with adult epilepsy, cannot work. His wife has to pick up the burden by working 2 jobs. Mr Harvey works by helping his neighbors with odd jobs pro bono. His college age son moves back into the home to help with the bills. The Harveys apply to EM-HE and Ty Pennington and ABC come to the rescue
James Dolan, blinded during a shooting at an electronics store where he worked, receives a new state of the art home suitable to his needs.
Steve Johnson is a firefighter who helped to save a MAST firefighter from a terrible shooting in Kansas City, MO. The MAST firefighter is the one who nominated Steve to an Extreme Makeover.
Guest Stars: Mr. T
A small two-bedroom house on Long Island, New York is transformed into a magnificent 2400-square-foot home for a young widower with three toddler sons. The return of this father and his children to the house fulfils the dying wish of a wife and mother who said that she wanted her husband and boys to come back to their house so she would "always know where to find them."
When PFC Lori Piestewa was in Iraq, she told her roommate and best friend, PFC Jessica Lynch, that her dream was to return to her home in Tuba City, Arizona and build her parents a house to which they could retire. But in March 2003, Lori lost her life, becoming the first American woman killed in the Iraq war. Lori died while trying to save the lives of her friends, Jessica Lynch and Shoshannah Johnson, as she navigated her Humvee through gunfire and debris when it was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Each designer goes back to visit one family who has received a makeover in the past and to join them on a mission to pay their good fortune forward..
Starting in LA, Sweet Alice Harris has asked Ty and the gang to give the Los Angeles Free Clinic a makeover. Ed stays behind to help with the task, while Ty launches the other designers on their missions to help as many people as possible.
Preston visits Robin Leslie, displaced from her home in New Orleans after the hurricane and now living in a run-down trailer in Mississippi. They set off to see her house for the first time, which, miraculously, they find still standing. Anxious to help the many others in need, Preston and Robin join up with Sears American Dream and, along with First Lady Laura Bush, deliver clothes to people who’ve lost everything.
Paul and Tracy visit the Pope family in Northern California and find that Shelby – who is allergic to sunlight – is thriving in the new house. The Popes want to help other kids with this rare disease, and are able to arrange for Disneyworld to open their doors at night. When Paul, Tracy, the Popes and 20 kids with the disease board a special Southwest flight for Orlando, little do they know that they’re off to have the most magical night of their lives – riding Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Dumbo, meeting the Seven Dwarves and other characters, watching fireworks and the electric parade – all in the dark, from midnight to 4:00 a.m. As a special treat, Brian Wilson performs “Deck the Halls” for the families.
Paige heads to Tennessee to visit Luis Rodriguez, who is doing great on his new leg and whose family is thrilled with their new house. Luis wants to do whatever he can to help Bobby Isaacs, another soldier who lost both his legs in Iraq. Paige and Luis head to Bobby’s house in North Carolina for an emotional reunion, a walk-through of Bobby’s tiny cabin, and a big surprise – both men are being sent away on vacation while we make over Bobby’s house with new floors, a new bathroom, a fishing dock and, of course, a plasma TV. Mike Iaconelli, the winner of the Bass Master Classic, comes to test out Bobby’s new boat with Paige, and while on vacation, Bobby and Luis speak to vets from other wars.
Michael visits the Broadbent family in Las Vegas. All are doing well in the house, despite their struggles with cancer and HIV. The Broadbents want to deliver meals to sick people who can’t go home for the holidays, so Michael arranges for a hotel on the strip to cook up a hundred meals, and Wayne Newton escorts them around the city, delivering meals to AIDS patients and other sick people in the Las Vegas area. They go to the extreme, not only dropping off meals, but also some extraordinary gifts for people in the community in what turns out to be a beautiful day of giving.
Meanwhile, Ty and Ed are busy working with Swinerton Builders to get the clinic ready, and James Denton of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” shows up to help plumb because, after all, he’s a plumber on TV!
In the end, all of the designers return to LA for the emotional unveiling of the new LA Free Clinic, and the band O.A.R. plays the theme song live, ringing in a wonderful holiday season of giving.
The design team for this special holiday episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” includes team leader Ty Pennington as well as Michael Moloney, Preston Sharp, Paul Dimeo, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson and Ed Sanders. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Tom Forman and co-executive produced by Denise Cramsey.
With all the heartaches and devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina -- the nation’s deadliest storm since 1928, causing nearly 1,400 deaths -- the people of Biloxi, Mississippi coastline have suffered untold pain. A once-vibrant community now looks like a war zone: Casino barges traveled 800 feet into apartment buildings, while elsewhere neighborhood homes and businesses simply vanished. Now the design team of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” heads to Biloxi to rebuild some cornerstones of the community, including a local free medical clinic, and to erect a new memorial to the victims of Katrina. In addition, the show honors Jared Murphy, a young war veteran and local hero who helped save 200 neighbors during the hurricane.
Designer Preston Sharp creates a poignant new memorial with Anderson construction to honor the local people who died in Hurricane Katrina. Preston asked the community to bring forth their mementos from the hurricane to incorporate into a special time capsule and form part of a mosaic to commemorate the tragedy. A candlelight vigil is held to honor the victims and their surviving relatives at the memorial’s unveiling.
Designer Paul DiMeo helps transform a demolished community clinic into a magnificent, new medical center to serve the area’s residents. While local construction workers and volunteers work hard on this build, the clinic’s staff will go on a well-deserved spa retreat. And, with the help of Sears American Dream, designers Ed Sanders and Tracy Hutson deliver washers and dryers to 29 deserving families living in a FEMA trailers.
Jared Murphy, a 28-year-old father of two, was the first Mississippian wounded in the war in Iraq. He had just returned home when Katrina hit Biloxi, so he went to his local base, gathered a team and led an amphibious assault vehicle on a rescue mission that saved 200 people. A true hero overseas and at home, Jared’s greatest worry is that, if he needs to return to Iraq, his family -- and especially his son, who has special health needs -- will be left behind without anyone to care for them. Jared takes Ty Pennington on a re-creation of his rescue mission, culminating with a surprise beachside reunion and party with the some of the local people he helped save. Jared, in turn, will receive a surprise donation to help him and his family in their time of need.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Preston Sharp, Ed Sanders and Tracy Hutson.
Essie Reed, a.k.a. “Big Mama,” was one of the hurricane heroes. Though she lives in low-income housing, she is the de facto mother and caregiver for at-risk kids and the homeless, providing food, clothing, shelter and support. During Wilma, she fired up her barbecue and fed thousands of people each week. She is surprised by designer Ed Sanders when he delivers the news that he, local builder Homes of Merit and modular home manufacturer Adrian Homes will create a new modular building she can use as her headquarters and distribution center. In addition, many of the construction workers who build the unit are displaced Katrina survivors who are starting new lives in Florida. This is one of the first steps in getting them back to work, and they will also be the first recipients of Big Mama’s revitalized efforts, receiving clothing and supplies. Plus, the Sears American Dream team helps Big Mama deliver needed goods to help these people get their lives back on track.
When Michele Gross and Paul Costa were engaged over a year ago, they had no idea that their storybook wedding would all change when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The storm ravaged the homes of their family and literally blew away their wedding. A month later they tried again, this time in Florida. As their wedding date approached, so did Hurricane Wilma. Once again their wedding plans were blown away. Now the storms clouds have passed and it’s a new day, as Ty delivers the news that “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is going to throw the couple the wedding of their dreams. With the help of celebrity party planner, Colin Cowie, Ty will make this an unforgettable celebration. Best of all, the newlyweds’ relatives from New Orleans will come to Florida to witness the celebration of love and survival. In addition, trumpeter Chris Botti surprises the couple by playing the Wedding March at their ceremony.
One of Hurricane Wilma’s casualties was the home of the 2003 Little League champions, a facility that served 600 children in the community. Designers Preston Sharp and Tanya McQueen, Sports Turf One and local builder John Hock Homes, along with scores of volunteers, completely rebuild the field just in time for opening day this season. During this rebuilding, the youngest players on the Little League team, accompanied by their coach, travel to a special spring training session with their baseball heroes, Florida Marlins Dontrelle Willis, Mike Jacobs, Jeremy Hermida and Jason Vargas. When the new field is revealed, Dontrelle Willis will throw out the first pitch.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Ed Sanders, Preston Sharp and Tanya McQueen.
When Hurricane Katrina and the post-storm flooding hit New Orleans, the 118-year-old First Emmanuel Baptist Church, which had served a congregation of over 1,000, was badly damaged. Now “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” designer Michael Moloney and local builder Donahue Favret will help bring back the community by bringing back the church. At the reveal of the freshly-renovated church, Michael and Pastor Charles Southall III gather the congregation, complete with gospel choir, for the first service at the church since the Hurricane.
In addition, Ty Pennington and Paul DiMeo personally deliver new instruments, courtesy of Gibson/Music Rising, to local musicians who lost everything in the floods -- Craig Klein, Barney Floyd, Larry Batiste, Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs, Irvin Mayfield and Archille O’Neal. The giveaway culminates in a rousing concert by the musicians celebrating the comeback of New Orleans and Mardi Gras at one of the city’s favorite music venues.
In Katrina’s aftermath, thousands of pets were rescued and sent to foster homes and shelters nationwide. Paul DiMeo fulfills the wishes of many families in an emotional segment by reuniting them with their furry friends.
Since the floods of Hurricane Katrina, 600 children and their families have returned to rebuild their lives and play once again in St. Bernard’s Parish, but unfortunately there is no playground. Eduardo Xol, plus scores of volunteers, will build a playground so these children can have a happy and safe place to play again in their neighborhood.
Also, in hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, Paige Hemmis helps returning residents track down irreplaceable family photos in their devastated homes and has professional photo restorers save what was thought to be lost forever. The newly-restored images of loved ones and personal milestones are revealed to hundreds of families.
Sabine Pass, Texas, a small oil town of just 600 people, hammered by Hurricane Rita, is the focus of the fourth one-hour special. The team helps restore the town’s sole firehouse and local theatre in an attempt to bring back life and hope to this extraordinary town. In addition, team captain Ty Pennington takes local families on a shopping spree at a nearby Sears for much-needed necessities, culminating in a surprise free concert for the town given by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Firehouse No. 4 was the town’s only engine serving its population of 600 in emergencies. During the storm, the heroic firefighters worked a grueling 36-hour shift to save many lives before returning to their ravaged firehouse, only to find that this home away from home had been completely destroyed. Design team members Paul DiMeo and Michael Moloney, along with local builder Trevino Group and scores of volunteers, rebuild the community’s firehouse and present the town with a surprise gift -- a brand new, state-of-the-art fire truck worth $300,000.
Though Texas may be football country, Sabine Pass is theatre country. The theatre is a town focal point and headquarters to the school’s drama club, where students compete in statewide competitions. Now designers Preston Sharp and fellow Texan Tanya McQueen, along with local construction workers and scores of volunteers, rehab the theatre while the kids are sent on an once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City with Daniel Kucan to learn about the acting business and see the lights on Broadway. When the children return, they perform the new theatre’s first production – in their own words – about their experiences during the hurricane, when almost every one of them lost a family home.
Since the hurricane, 95% of the population of Sabine Pass, Texas live in FEMA trailers, most without many basic daily necessities. With the help from Sears American Dream, Ty will help local families by taking them on a shopping spree to the local Sears so they can purchase basic necessities such as clothes, space heaters, blankets, etc. Then Ty gathers the entire town together for a free concert by surprise musical guests the Goo Goo Dolls, as they sing their hit song “Better Days.”
A SINGLE MOTHER WHO'S LIVED THROUGH A PARENT'S WORST NIGHTMARE -- THE ABDUCTION OF A CHILD -- IS THE LATEST RECIPIENT OF AN "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" John Walsh, Host of "America's Most Wanted," Offers His Help in the Search for the Missing Child "Nick Family, Parts 1 & 2"-- A single mother who lived through a parent's worst nightmare when her oldest daughter was abducted is the latest recipient to be astonished by the door knock of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team and contractors
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition builds a handicap accessible home for a soldier who lost one of his legs while in Iraq.
Billy-Jack and Ann adopted 4 kids who were branded "un-adoptable" and gave them a second chance. Living in a 100 year old house with the 4 adopted kids, and there 2 biological kids, the family needed a much larger home. They want to adopt a few more kids, but the law says they can't because they don't have the room. Now Ty, and his team have built the Barrett family a 2 story ranch home, themed around there love for horses, and a seperate school house for home schooling.
Shortly after Gordon Harrison, a married father of three in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bountiful, started a cabinetry business, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. While in chemotherapy, he spent almost a year in a project to remake a neighbor's home. However, his health struggles and his commitment to his neighbors meant that he could not repair his house, and it was rapidly falling apart. People in his neighborhood nominated him for this makeover.
Paul and Cyndy Teas purchased a 60 year old rundown camp so they should open their dream camp, a camp for kids with disabilities. They went 3 years without a paycheck, and emptied out their bank accounts and retirement funds all for Camp Barnabas. Also in addition to having no money, they have no house space either. The volunteers who help out at the camp live in the Teas house with them, and their son and daughter. Now Ty and his team rebuild the Teas home, giving them a beautiful living space just for them. Also with another big suprise after the house reveal, the Teas find a seperate quarters just for Volunteers, including dozens of beds and a living room. And then another building that is for the kids and staff to relax in with includes board games, a large flat screen TV, and hundreds of DVD's. This was EM:HE's biggest project yet.
Veronica Ginyard married very young. After the birth of her first child, her husband started to verbally, and physically abuse her. It continued until after her 8th child was born. Finally after he beat her so badly, she left him for good after he was charged with assault. Veronica and her 8 children moved into the only house the could afford. It was crowded for a family of four, and this family had 9. Veronica decided to hire a contractor to come in and do some electrical work, and some carpentry. He, however, started the project, took the money, and left them with holes in the walls and floors, and the house completely destoyed. Now Ty, and his team, including new designer Daniel bulit the family a 2 storey home, including 6 bedrooms, and a very spacious living area. Also the family was presented with 2 cheques. One for $100,000 for the kids college expences, and the other the pay off the mortgage. Finally the family was presented with a brand new Ford Explorer.
Susan Tom, a single parent of seven adopted children with disabilities from Fairfield, CA, didn’t set out to adopt children with special needs, but somehow they found each other. After her divorce, Susan, a mother of four at the time (two biological, two adopted), became a foster parent and soon fell in love with the children no one else wanted. Now “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will give back to a woman who has given so much love to children in need by providing a new home for her family in two special back-to-back episodes.
Taking in children with challenges hasn’t been easy. For Xenia and Hannah, who were born without legs, and Libby, who was born with spinal bifida and confined to a wheelchair, the Tom home is a logistical nightmare. For Cloe, who was born unable to bend her elbows and knees, getting around the house and up the stairs is extremely difficult. There is also Katie, who was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and is mentally challenged, and Faith, who was badly burned as a baby and encounters stares from strangers every day of her life. Finally there’s Margaret, who was not expected to live because of brain damage; she’s now a thriving 21-year-old who works full-time and helps out her siblings, as she pursues her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse.
In these special episodes of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” this family will finally find a safe haven to call home. Discriminated against on a daily basis by ignorance and physical challenges, the Tom children deserve to have a home that doesn’t discriminate against them. Susan and the children are thinking of taking in more children with special needs, if their new house could accommodate them.
While the design team, contractors and hundreds of workers, volunteers and a local builder, the Sacramento division of John Laing Homes, are building the Tom’s dream home and comfortable living environment, the family will go on vacation at Walt Disney World.
In addition, the Backstreet Boys send a special video message to the family while on tour, and country singer Mark Wills performs for the family at Disney World during their vacation. During the construction, champion wrestler/weightlifter Kyle Maynard (author of “No Excuses”), who was born with a rare disorder called Congenital Amputation, inspects the house to make sure it’s disability friendly and gets into a wrestling match with Paul DiMeo.
A fisherman who was forced to sacrifice his right arm to save his life in a boating accident receives a brand new home, thanks to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Ty and the gang team up with the Boston Red Sox to help build a new and renovated home for Tripp and Heidi Johnson of Medfield, MA, the dedicated parents of Will – a five-year-old with Spinal Muscular Atrophy -- and his family.
Just months after Heidi was diagnosed with a second spot of melanoma, her son, Will, who was 14 months old at the time, was diagnosed with a life threatening disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Although an average family might have buckled under the pressure, Tripp and Heidi rose to the occasion by advocating awareness. Tripp runs in the Boston Marathon each year to raise money for SMA, Heidi runs a parent volunteer program that teaches disability awareness education in the public schools, and on her last birthday, Abby, Will’s older sister, also became involved by encouraging donations in lieu of presents to help her little brother. After a wall nearly fell on Will’s grandfather while he was trying to build a first floor bedroom for Will, the family decided, at the insistence of friends and neighbors, to ask for help by applying for an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
Will does everything in his power to keep up with his older siblings – he attends pre-school and even plays in a baseball league, where he runs the bases in his motorized scooter! He is an inspiration to everyone he meets. A die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, Will once got the chance to meet his favorite players. Now some of the 2004 World Series champs, Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek and Kevin Millar -- who know a little something about overcoming the odds and making the impossible happen -- want to give back to this deserving young boy by teaming up with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” to build a house that is sun-friendly for mom and accessible for Will. In addition, soccer Olympian Mia Hamm stopped by to lend a helping hand and kicked some ball with the designers.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” along with a coalition of Medfield custom-home builders, will pull together to give this deserving family a healthy home for their son. While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Johnsons’ house into a dream home, they will go on vacation to Phoenix, AZ.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Michael Moloney, Daniel Kucan, Constance Ramos and Ed Sanders.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and the entire community of El Segundo, CA will come together to rebuild the home of police officer Bruce Lewis, his cancer stricken wife, Paulita, and their children.
One year ago, like many Americans, the Lewis’s took advantage of the low interest rates and took out a loan to improve and expand their small home. Progress was slow and shoddy. Then the heavy winter rains came, damaging and eventually caving in the roof, which destroyed all of their furniture and personal belongings. When Bruce confronted the contractor, the contractor abandoned the project and left town with $40,000 of the Lewis’ money. Bruce, Paulita, Erin and Hunter were left stranded at Bruce’s mother’s apartment -- all four of them living in one tiny bedroom.
Bruce is a well-known, well-respected police officer in El Segundo, and the community was eager to help this man and his family. As they struggled to rebuild the house, they received the most horrific news -- Paulita had cancer after discovering a lump in her neck.
The entire town of El Segundo has come together to help this family, and they are making slow progress on the house. But they can’t do what “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” does in a week, which is to give this mom the peace of mind that only a home can provide, so that she has a greater chance at recovery.
While local builder Taylor Woodrow, hundreds of workers and volunteers, Ty and the gang transform the Lewis’ house into a dream home, the family will go on vacation at Walt Disney World.
In addition, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks lend a helping hand and play hockey against the design team and builders, while standup comedian Robert Schimmel, also a cancer survivor, makes ‘em laugh at a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and ESPN sportscaster John Anderson also drops by.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” features team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Constance Ramos and Daniel Kucan.
Ty and the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” gang transform the lives of Jeff Novak, a recently widowed Special Education teacher and his three young daughters, Zoey, Harley and Presley of Boardman Township, Ohio, when they rebuild and renovate their damaged house into a beautiful, spacious home in just seven remarkable days.
Jeff and Jackie Novak spent most of their time caring for others, whether it was for their three young daughters or in the classroom as schoolteachers. As avid fans of “Home Edition,” the Novaks made it their goal to make a difference in the lives of others, as the show had done.
On Mother’s Day of 2005, the Novak family spent their morning hiking and playing in the park. In the evening Jeff and Jackie settled down and watched ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” as they did every Sunday. After the show, they kissed each other goodnight and exchanged “I love you’s” as they always did. Neither had any idea that, on this night, it would be the last thing they would ever say to each other. An hour later, Jeff brought their newborn, Presley, into bed for a feeding. But Jackie didn’t wake up. At the young age of 28, Jackie, the mother of three girls, was pronounced dead of a pulmonary embolism.
While the Novaks’ lives were turned upside down by the loss of their mother, their home was continually being ravaged by problems. Raw sewage annually fills the basement, their only shower leaks into the kitchen and family room below, and there’s only one bathroom in the whole house for Jeff and three growing girls. Additionally, the windows are a problem without any screens or air conditioning… Jeff is forced to leave the windows propped open, which is a safety concern for curious toddlers. The entire floor plan, composed of small rooms, is a logistical disaster, making surveillance of the young children impossible for Jeff. But although the house is riddled with problems, unquestionably the biggest challenge for Jeff is suddenly becoming a single parent of three little girls and staying strong in the face of tragedy.
In this episode, the show that brought the Novaks together on Sundays will be the show that keeps the Novaks together for the rest of their lives.
While Ty and the gang, along with the local builder T.C. Quality Homes and the hundreds of workers and volunteers, transform the Novak house into a comfortable and safe home, the Novak family will go on vacation to Daytona Beach, Florida.
While on vacation, celebrity chef Bobby Flay teaches Jeff Novak how to cook, and the band Uncle Kracker performs a special song for the family after their new home is revealed.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul Dimeo, Paige Hemmis, Constance Ramos and Daniel Kucan.
Kevin and Cathy Nutsch and their five daughters from Douglas, Kansas, who lost everything that was near and dear to them when their house literally exploded, will receive a brand new renovated home thanks to the team of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
While on vacation in the summer of 2005, the Nutsch family received a shocking phone call notifying them that a propane leak had caused a blast that completely leveled their three bedroom bungalow -- not only destroying their home but their business as well, since Kevin’s auto repair company was run out of their home. With their home, business and all their belongings gone, the family is now living in the grandfather’s basement until they can get back on their feet. But the pain is almost unbearable for Kevin, who still camps out on his property every night to try to protect what few possessions the family still has.
It only took seconds to completely obliterate seventeen years of memories for the Nutsch family, but Ty and the gang will work their hardest to try to rebuild a large part of their lives. While the family is away, the EM: HE gang help the Nutschs “pay it forward” by helping another deserving family in need from the community -- who were affected by Hurricane Katrina -- with a fundraiser event headlined by country singer Martina McBride. Plus volleyball star Gabrielle Reece helps decorate a special, themed room, and plays a little game of sideout with Eduardo Xol.
While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers, along with the local builder Wichita Roofing and Remodeling, are building a new house for the Nutsch family in a remarkable seven days, the family enjoys a vacation at Walt Disney World.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Ed Sanders, Preston Sharp, Tanya McQueen and Eduardo Xol. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Tom Forman and co-executive produced by Denise Cramsey.
Thanks to their tenacious eleven-year-old daughter, Jael, the Kirkwood family from Port Orchard, WA will receive a new home designed by Ty and the gang of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
One year ago, eleven-year-old Jael Kirkwood completed an application for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for her family, but didn’t hear back from anyone. The Kirkwoods gave up, but not Jael. Instead, she tracked down Sweet Alice Harris from a previous episode and asked for advice on how to get her family’s application read by show producers. Sweet Alice suggested that she contact her local mayor, and that’s exactly what Jael did.
Mayor Kim Abel of Port Orchard, remembers getting a call from then 10-year-old Jael and, moved by the girl’s sheer determination, contacted the casting department on her behalf.
What’s striking is that she almost didn’t live to do this for her beloved family: When she was just four hours old, Jael had to have emergency surgery to remove half of her small intestine in order to save her life. She then spent the next several months in and out of different hospitals. At ten months, Jael weighed only 9 lbs.
The Kirkwood family has been through a lot, but the biggest problem they’re facing now is the hazardous black mold that has taken over their house. When their contractor skipped out, the mold moved in. Exposed wiring, open walls and poor ventilation left the Kirkwoods without the much-needed extra space their basement would have provided, and right now all four girls share one tiny room. But the tenacity of one girl will pay off when “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” along with local builder Howland Homes, pull together to give Jael and her family the home they deserve.
While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Kirkwoods’ house into a dream home, they will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.
When Eric Hebert of Sandpoint, ID got the unexpected call a year ago that his sister had died, leaving her twin children orphaned, he stepped up to the plate in a big way by becoming instant father to his niece and nephew. Now it’s Ty and the gang’s turn to step up to the plate in their “extreme” way by turning a rundown house into a home that will preserve the meaning of family and help rebuild lives.
Eric was living life as a bachelor in Montana and saw his family in Idaho about once a year. However that all changed when, in 2004, his 37-year-old sister, Francine Hebert, became the third person in his family to die of a heart attack; both his parents had passed away when he was only a teen. Knowing that his eight-year-old niece and nephew could possibly end up in the foster-care system, he packed up his belongings, moved to Idaho and became an instant-father to the twins, Keeley and Kyler.
When Eric arrived in Idaho to take custody of Keeley and Kyler, he could not believe what he found; the twins and their mother had been living in a rundown trailer. At the time he took custody of the kids, all he could afford was a “Berm House,” which is essentially a daylight basement with a roof on it. A construction worker by trade, Eric and the kids lived in a tent on the property for months while he worked hard to turn their shack into a three-bedroom house. Still, living underground isn’t easy; their “house” is also home to many species of insects, such as, bees, ants and spiders! Eric’s dream is to build them a home to finally be proud of, but since he’s now busy parenting the twins, he doesn’t have the time or money to make it happen! In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, this bachelor turned instant father will get much-needed help in achieving his dream for his new kids!
While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers, along with the Sullivan Homes, are building a new house for the Hebert family in a remarkable seven days, the family enjoys a vacation in the Bahamas.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis, Eduardo Xol, Michael Moloney and Ed Sanders.
Animal lovers Dale and Melanie DeAeth of Washington, Texas, who started the True Blue Animal Rescue organization, and their three children, Jessica, Cory and Colton, will have their own home rescued by Ty and the gang.
The DeAeths are the first people the Texas law enforcement calls when they find abused and neglected animals. Their True Blue Animal Rescue organization provides a safe haven to horses, dogs and other animals that need loving care – and it’s run out of their own home!
While both parents have been working full-time jobs in addition to rescuing, nurturing and adopting out animals, they’ve neglected their own house, which is literally falling apart! The DeAeth home’s foundation has shifted, the walls are cracked throughout, and termites have invaded.
Since they started True Blue Animal Rescue, the DeAeths have taken in over 90 dogs and 40 horses – many of which are now living full lives in adopted homes. But they still have 30 dogs and 15 horses on their property and several cats that are in temporary foster homes. Between vet costs and nutrition, this family is in need of rescue themselves.
This family is so busy that everyone pitches in to help the animals in the evenings and on weekends, and each child has his/her own rescue dogs with their own special story. Melanie also helped take in and rescue animals left homeless in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and took horses and dogs back home with her to adopt out. In this episode, the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team heads to a Texas ranch to take care of the family who’ve worked hard to end animal abuse and neglect by taking care of so many of our furry friends!
While Ty and the gang, along with the hundreds of workers and volunteers and local builder Stylecraft Builders, Inc., transform their house into a comfortable and safe home and animal shelter, the DeAeth family will go on vacation to Palm Springs.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Tanya McQueen, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Eduardo Xol.
Once a renowned dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Carol Crawford-Smith had to abandon her passion for performing when she was stricken with multiple sclerosis. She can barely navigate her home and dance studio now, but that will all change when Ty and the gang revamp and create a new home that will help her continue to live a life of dance.
Carol currently resides in Blacksburg, Virginia with her two sons, Hunter and Garland, and is the artistic director of The Center of Dance. The Center, which Carol founded, has choreographed over 100 community productions for the school and its resident company, UJIMA. A few years ago, after experiencing numbness and fatigue, Carol was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Today she can barely walk the 21 steps leading to her dance studio or move around her ranch home, which has the laundry room in the basement, a sunken living room and even more steps to the kitchen.
Carol continues to provide instruction, workshops and programs in dance-theatre, even though she can no longer demonstrate the moves herself. She is committed to passing along her love of the art to others, saying “I’d rather smile and keep going than cry and feel sorry for myself.” Carol’s dream has always been to have her home and studio in one place so she can continue to teach and spend precious time with her young boys.
In addition, talk show host Montel Williams sends an inspirational message to the Smith family and members of the Dance Theater of Harlem come down to Virginia and perform at the site. This episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will truly give this leader in her community a better life and help fulfill her artistic dreams.
Ty and the gang, along with Building Specialists, Inc., and hundreds of workers and volunteers, will transform the Smiths’ house into a combination home and dance studio, while the Smith family goes on vacation to the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, CA.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, along with Paul DiMeo, Preston Sharp, Paige Hemmis and Daniel Kucan.
John and Monica Kubena and their seven-year-old identical twin daughters, Tara and Sara, who both suffer from leukemia and currently live in a trailer, will move into a brand new, spacious home that will be built in a remarkable seven days.
The odds of identical twins developing the same form of childhood leukemia at the same time are so astronomical that even the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society don’t have statistics on it, but that’s exactly what happened to the Kubena family of East Bernard, TX. Since they were two years old, Tara and Sara have undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation before they were both declared to be in remission. After years of being in isolation from their peers in order to protect their fragile immune systems, the twins were finally able to go to school and play with other children, which was something they had always dreamed of. However, recently Tara’s leukemia relapsed. Her best chance at survival was a bone marrow transplant, which she received in October of 2005.
In order for Tara to fully recover, she must live under certain strict conditions, one of which is to be completely separated from her other siblings -- Sara, as well as nine-year-old sister Kelley and 17-year-old half-brother Brady. Children carry many germs, and at this point in her recovery, this could kill Tara. Unfortunately the Kubenas live in a cramped, single-wide trailer where Tara shares a room with Sara and Kelley. Nor can the Kubenas afford to add anything on to their tiny home to accommodate their sick daughter’s needs.
In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the design team will demo their very first trailer and make room in a brand new house for Tara to recover. And the Kubenas, who have endured a double dose of pain and financial hardship, will get it all back ten-fold!
While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, local builder Royce Builders, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are building a new house for the Kubena family, the family will stay in a beautiful Houston hotel so they can be near to Tara, who is staying at the Ronald McDonald House until her new home is completed.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Preston Sharp, Eduardo Xol, Ed Sanders and Tracy Hutson.
Danna White, a pastor’s widow and her family of Ochelata, OK, will receive the answers to their prayers when they’re told the good news that they will receive a renovated and beautiful new home.
On his 19th wedding anniversary -- April 11, 2005 -- Pastor John White suffered a heart-attack and died, leaving behind his broken-hearted widow, Danna, and their five children, who are all now basically homeless. As pastor of Bluestem Baptist Church, John and his family lived in the church parsonage, but after his death his widow and the children had no choice but to move to make room for the church’s new pastor. The church gave them time to do this, but that time ran out.
Members of the church and community have rallied around this family, holding several fundraising events to help the Whites find a place to live. From these efforts, Danna was able to purchase two run-down trailers. The pastor’s life insurance also gave her enough money to buy some land. The problem is that one trailer is actually an old modular office that needs to be converted into a home. To make matters worse, the trailers don’t have any heat, a working kitchen, any locks on the door or carpet, and the doublewide doesn’t have any power. It’s been so cold at night that the kids have to sleep at friends’ houses just to stay warm. On top of all this, the Whites can’t even move the trailers to their new property.
In less than a year, the Whites have gone from a loving church family to a homeless, working family without a father. Danna is struggling to make ends meet, but she‘s determined to carry on the legacy of her beloved husband and to work as a missionary to help needy families.
In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the design team takes on a mission of its their when they build a dream home for the pastor’s widow and her children so they can begin anew, as Pastor White would have wanted.
While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, local builder Simmons Homes, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are building a new house for the Whites, the family enjoys a vacation in Longboat Key, Florida.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” features team leader Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis, Tanya McQueen, Michael Moloney and Daniel Kucan.
Jamaican-born Dunstin Rainford of Riviera Beach, FL had just fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Citizen when the unthinkable happened. Dunstin, a one-time hospice nurse’s aide, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, an unpredictable lymphatic cancer. His dying wish to provide a happy and safe home for his family will now be granted.
Throughout his treatments, Dunstin has stayed positive, telling his children that something good would come out of this horrific situation. The children believed him until Hurricane Wilma ravaged their home in September, tearing off a portion of their roof and destroying the interior. Prior to the hurricane and to his diagnosis, Dunstin had been trying to fix up his home one room at a time, but now every last penny has gone to the roof and his medical expenses. There is nothing left to rebuild this dad’s dream for his children.
Always the hard worker and dedicated father, Dunstin has a strong desire to live. However he is not frightened of death, and has made the arrangements for his children to live with his sister, if he dies. But Dunstin is worried about leaving his family in an unsafe house.
The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team will grant this loving father’s dying wish to fix his home for his children and hopefully lift their spirits as well. As a celebration of life, Grammy Award-winning reggae music star Damian Marley performs for the family after the house reveal in a Jamaican beach-themed party.
While Ty and the gang, local builder Majestic Homes, and hundreds of workers and volunteers transform the Rainfords’ house into a dream home, the family will go on vacation to Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort.
The design team for this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, Eduardo Xol and Daniel Kucan.
Sadie Holmes and her family of Altamonte Springs, FL, received the remarkable news that their hurricane damaged home will be renovated in seven days.
For years Sadie Holmes battled addiction, but she eventually won that battle and turned her life around. Sadie’s community, having witnessed this, reached out to her and began to donate food, clothing and furniture, which allowed her to make a brand new start. Soon the donations became more than Sadie and her family needed, however, so she started donating them to others in need. These actions led to the creation of the first non-profit in their community, Sadie Holmes Help Services, Inc. Although the organization was initially run out of the Holmes’ house, in 2003 Sadie and her children made the decision to move into a rented apartment so they could have more room for the rapidly increasing donations.
Sadie doesn’t pay herself for her work but instead supports herself and her children out of minimal child support. She really believes that her purpose in life is to run this organization and help others in need. She teaches these values to her children, and their goal is to build a home large enough so that they can live and run the non-profit out of the same building. A longer-term goal is to build a halfway house for recovering drug addicts so they don’t have to go back to the streets.
But then came Hurricane Charley, which badly damaged the Holmes’ house. Without the money to fix it, they lost their insurance. The house was damaged further by a fire in 2005; with no insurance and no means to fix things, the Holmes are really stuck. Somehow Sadie continues to run the non-profit out of that home and continues to rent a separate space for her family.
The generosity and determination of this woman and her children will pay off when “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” along with local builder Mercedes Homes, pull together to give them the home they deserve. While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Holmes’ house into a dream home, they will go to Disneyland for vacation.
On March 5, Todd Craft of Hondo, Texas, a high school sports coach who’s been a constant inspiration in his community and his family, will receive the news that he will receive a beautiful and renovated home in a remarkable seven days thanks to “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In addition, while team captain Ty Pennington is busy helping families in the Gulf States with hurricane relief, his friend, Kermit the Frog, has his back.
Coach Craft is more than a coach. He is a mentor, motivator and inspiration to every student at D’Hanis High School. Now the students and faculty of D’Hanis want to show him how much he means to them. As a year-round coach for football, baseball and girl’s basketball -- and a teacher of Health and Speech class -- Coach Craft has neither the time or money to take care of his own home for his very special family.
Coach Craft and his wife, Elizabeth, have four children: Samantha (10), Sarah (7), Isabella (2) -- who was not expected to live after being born with Alobas Holoprosencephaly, a serious brain malformation -- and their one-year-old miracle baby and only son, Todd Joseph.
The Craft children require constant care, so Elizabeth must stay at home. Todd’s meager coaching salary is all they has to support them. But through all of their hardships, the Crafts continue to push on and stay strong. Their only wish -- and the school’s -- is for Coach Craft to continue to do his wonderful work at D’Hanis High School and not have to worry that his family is falling victim to their house. In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the design team will help score a big touchdown for this very deserving coach and his special family.
Michelle and Brian Hassall of Berry, KY, two deserving community leaders who’ve faced adversity in the past few years, have gotten the remarkable news that they will receive a beautiful and renovated home in seven days.
The Hassalls are loved in their community: Michelle, a violinist, teaches choir at the local high school and was recognized as Teacher of the Year. Brian, a 17-year veteran of the police force, was just named Police Officer of the Year. Despite being shot in the line of duty, he continues to do the job he loves and keeps the community safe at night. However the Hassall house is literally keeping this loving family apart!
Brian works the night shift because he suffers from migraines triggered by daylight. The only place he can sleep is in their damp, dark, windowless basement. Michelle, battling a blood disorder and now lymphoma cancer, can’t be in the basement for any length of time because of the dampness, mold and mildew caused by the home’s many plumbing problems. Her fragile immune system can’t handle any further sickness.
Michelle and Brian also have two adopted children, Alex (6), a beautiful African American girl and Sam (3), a special needs child from China born with a cleft palate. They were one happy family until Michelle was diagnosed just nine months later with lymphoma.
Unfortunately, every time they try to remodel their home to fit the needs of their special family, something terrible happens – whether it’s Brian getting shot, Michelle going through chemotherapy or little Sam needing another operation for his birth defect. With their medical and mortgage bills, the Hassalls have been unable to improve their home. All they want is to be able to cherish each day together and spend more time together. In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” this unique family, comprised of four unique people, will finally feel like one family under one roof!
While Ty and the gang, along with the hundreds of workers and volunteers and Coalition of Builders led by Sosbe Construction of Kentucky and John Henry Homes of Ohio, build a house to fit this diverse family in KY, the Hassalls will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.
Loving and devoted grandparents William and Carole Py of Philadelphia, PA, and three orphaned grandchildren who were left in their care after their parents died, will receive a beautiful and renovated home in a remarkable seven days.
Having raised four girls of their own and put each through college, 60-year-old “Grandpop” William Py and his 57-year-old wife, “Grandma” Carole, were looking forward to retirement. But life had something else in store for them. In l997 Grandpop and Grandma, a couple who enjoyed spoiling their grandkids but who also liked the idea that they could send the children home to their own parents after fun visits, would have their lives shattered by the first of two tragedies that would befall this closely-knit family. In July of that year, their son-in-law, José Rosario, 33, died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm. José left behind his wife, Sharon Py Rosario, a breast cancer survivor, and three young children, William, Samantha and José, or “Joey.”
Devastated by their loss, Sharon and her children returned home to be with her parents, Grandpop and Grandma, who welcomed them with open, loving arms. Not long after, though, Sharon discovered that her breast cancer was back. Only 14 months after losing her husband, 28-year-old Sharon lost her own life. Her children were suddenly orphans.
Grandpop and Grandma Py were not about to turn their backs on their grandkids. The hard-working couple -- who had often wondered how they would be able to live a financially comfortable life of retirement before the added responsibilities that caring for their orphaned grandkids would bring -- faced the harsh reality that things would be even tougher as they headed into the future.
Complicating matters was the discovery that their house was contaminated by asbestos and lead. Realizing that both can cause severe medical problems, Grandpop and Grandma Py wondered and worried how they might find the money needed to rid their house of these hazards.
In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the design team will help this loving family have the safe and beautiful home they so richly deserve. And, while we know Philly native Paul DiMeo and the designers can “bring it” on the construction build, can they hold their own against Philadelphia Eagle Jeremiah Trotter and 76’erChris Webber? Plus Pennsylvania native and singer Vanessa Carlton performs at a special breast cancer awareness fundraising concert.
Winston Peter, a Hindu priest, and his family from Jamaica, NY, received the answer to their prayers when they were given the good news that they’ll receive a renovated and beautiful new home in just seven days.
Winston and Hardai Peter left their homeland of Guyana in 1996 and struggled long and hard to make a new home for their family in America. They were on their way to achieving the American dream when tragedy struck. In December of 2004, their tri-level colonial house burst into flames, depriving them not only of their home but all their possessions. Penniless and without other recourse, the Peters were forced to move back into their burned out house.
They’ve since been living in a home without heat or hot water, and with very little electricity. They have to boil water whenever they need to bathe and have to cook on a makeshift propane stove. To make the house seem livable, Winston and his boys use whatever money they get to cover broken windows with plastic and wood, and hang sheet rock and drywall to cover up any holes from the fire damage. Winston feels as though he’s let his family down, as he cannot provide them with a proper home. But as a priest he doesn’t make enough money to repair or replace his house.
In this episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the design team heads to Queens to help this family rise above ashes so they may live out their American dream in their new American dream home! In addition, some special guest stars drop by and lend a helping hand: Michael Moloney drops by the set of “All My Children” to enlist the aid of star Susan Lucci in decorating a secret room for one of the family members. And romance expert/model Fabio offers his expertise to the EM Home designers on matters of the home and heart, while some NYC firefighters run “fireproofing” tests on the house and give Tanya McQueen a tour of Ground Zero.
Jim and Gina Arena of Somers, NY, the loving parents of Jimboy, their only son, whose life and death touched the hearts of everyone in their community, received the remarkable news that they will receive a beautiful and renovated home in just seven days.
Jimmy Jimboy Arena changed an entire community forever. Diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at five years of age, Jimboy stayed strong. He inspired hundreds of neighbors, community members, several fire departments, officials and his own family with his infectious smile and spirit. Everyone in town knew Jimboy and prayed for him. They held fundraisers, birthday parties and even a parade to welcome him home from the hospital. But on September 28, 2005, shortly after his sixth birthday, Jimboy died and the Arena Family lost their only son.
Jim and Gina had set out to do whatever they could to help their little boy battle his illness. What little money they had saved over the years -- funds that were earmarked for several sorely needed repairs on the Arenas dilapidated house -- were put to far more necessary purposes. The money was used so they could travel with Jimboy to give him a second chance at life by seeking experimental medical treatments around the country.
Now the same community which supported Jimboy wants to pay tribute to him and help his family fix their broken home. A large Italian clan, the Arenas cant even enjoy a dinner together, though mom loves to cook. Their small house has seen its share of wear and tear from the kids and is literally falling apart and bursting at the seams! With SIX daughters and one bathroom, the Arenas are in desperate need of bigger and better facilities.
In this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, we learn how one little boy changed the lives of hundreds, as Ty, the design team, local builder Alure Home Improvement and volunteers help Jimboys family get back on their feet and into a better and more accommodating new home. While their new home is being built, the Arena family will go on vacation at Walt Disney World.
In addition, New York Yankee catcher Jorge Posada meets up with Ty to donate an item for the new home, and singer Jewel performs at a memorial for Jimboy.
Guest Stars: Jewel
After a devastating house fire left Beverly Turner and her adopted children from Irvington, NJ homeless, Ty and the gang renovate their burned down home in just seven days -- and the biggest residential build yet!
Told she could never have children of her own, Beverly Turner looked into adoption. Now, at age 54, she has been a special mom to 18 special needs children -- despite having myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease. Raising children who suffer from bi-polar disorder, autism and blindness isnt easy, but Beverly feels honored to have the opportunity. She knows that most of these kids came from homes where they were abused or neglected, and was happy to provide them with a loving home.
Beverlys life would take yet another challenging turn on September 9, 2005: Instead of waking up to a house filled with love and laughter, the Turner family awoke to smoke and fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. Suddenly a single mother and her then nine special needs children were homeless.
Beverlys insurance policy was only enough to cover the mortgage on the house, with no money leftover for the Turners to rebuild. After the fire, the Red Cross put the family up in a hotel for three days, then a neighbor let them stay with her for another six weeks, until finally they moved into Beverlys mothers house, where they now reside. Three of the Turners sleep in the basement, while others sleep on couches and a bed.
Seeing an article in the local paper on the Turners and their fire, about one hundred anonymous community members, including the Mayor of Irvington, NJ clipped the article and sent it in to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, hoping the design team could help! And now that the smoke has cleared, EM: HE will answer the communitys call and head to Irvington to help this very deserving mom and her special family.
While the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team, contractors and hundreds of workers, local builder Edgewood Properties and Century 21 Construction and volunteers are transforming the Turners house into a dream home in a remarkable seven days, the family will go on vacation to Arizona. In addition, singer Enrique Iglesias performs and Jason Kidd of the NJ Nets stops by to welcome the family back home at the reveal of their new house.
Marlee Matlin hosts an episode featuring a home remodel for a special-needs family with a blind father and grandmother, two daughters with their dad's degenerative eye disease, and a son who is deaf and suffers from severe allergies.
The design team goes up to Alaska to build a home for a family of 13 to replace their small, non-insulated house.
In Armada Township, Mich., the home of a widow and her six children is renovated after it was vacated because of toxic mold spores.
After a tornado destroyed the Hawkins' home and left the mother (who saved her sons' lives) paralyzed, Ty and his team build a wheelchair-accessible home for the family. Alan Jackson performs a benefit concert, and Crystal Gayle, Hank Williams Jr., the Oak Ridge Boys and Cowboy Troy have greetings for the family. More than 50,000 of the Hawkins' neighbors petitioned the show to assist them.
Ty and the design team arrive in North Dakota to renovate the home of the Bliven family so it meets the needs of their son, who has cerebral palsy. Tim McGraw also guest stars.
Ty and the design team arrive in Iowa to rebuild the home of the Kibe family, after their old home was destroyed in a fire days before Christmas.
Ty and the gang will build a new home in a remarkable seven days to help make life easier for the Thibodeau family from Brookings County, SD.
A 135-year-old farmhouse is renovated for a family with a young mother who has breast cancer.
A home is renovated for the Koepkes in Wisconsin, who recently lost their father to cancer.
In Utah, a home is renovated for a family from Tonga that is headed by a widow with eight children. The father died of a heart attack in 2004.
Police officers Tim Pearce and Kristina Ripatti of Redondo Beach, CA received the life-changing news from Ty Pennington and the design team that they will get a new home in just seven days.
A home is built for a couple with five children from previous relationships. The seven are currently divided between an unsafe house and a cramped apartment. During the construction, the family vacation in Paris, where the couple marry on a boat cruise on the Seine River.
A rodent-infested, unlivable home owned by a family headed by community leaders is rebuilt by Ty and the team. The Noyola's have been living in the attic of a grandmother's home, which is also revamped.
After increasing medical bills keep the Riggin's family from remodeling their home by themselves, the design team arrives in Raleigh, North Carolina to surprise them.
The family of a 9/11 hero, Jason Thomas, have a home built for them by Ty and his team while they vacation at Walt Disney World. Ty also travels to Ground Zero to meet the two police officers Thomas helped rescue.
A family has five children with autism. They certainly deserve a redone home! A benefit concert for the family is put on by country music star Trace Adkins.
A couple whose house was destroyed by a small plane crash have a new home built by Ty and his team while they vacation in Costa Rica.
A new home is built for a single mother and her brood. The family lost the original home to a fire and the oldest son to a car crash three months later.
The team builds a new home for a grandmother and her four grandchildren, who live in a ramshackle trailer held together by duct tape. Hootie and the Blowfish perform at a benefit concert for the family.
An altruistic nurse and single mother of three has her dilapidated Mississippi home rebuilt by Ty and his team.
The Westbrook's, a family struck by two separate tragedies, have their home rebuilt by Ty and the team. Father Gene was wounded and left paralyzed in the Iraq War. A year later, a traffic accident left his son, James, paralyzed and other family members injured. Ty and the team make their home wheelchair accessible.
Ty and the team come to the rescue of a recently enlarged Arkansas family by rebuilding their home. When Kim Collins' cousin and her husband were killed in a car accident, the Collins' won custody of their five children, preventing them from being separated in foster care.
A home is built for a single mom, who is living in her parents' dining room with her four children because their house was declared unsafe for habitation. The family vacations at Walt Disney World while Ty and the team work their magic.
A family living in a crumbling house with heating and flooding problems has a home built to accommodate mom, dad, their four children, five nieces and nephews, and grandpa. The clan vacations in Fort Lauderdale while Ty and the team work their magic.
A single mother of three adopted children, two who are HIV positive, has her home rebuilt. Also, much needed repairs are made at Camp Heartland, an organization dedicated to helping HIV children. Many Moore makes a special musical appearance.
In Part 1 of the two-part season premiere, a Hawaiian woman's flood-damaged house is rebuilt. Ty and his team also construct a community center for the family-services foundation she runs.
In Oregon, the dilapidated home of a 8-year-old cancer patient and her family is renovated by Ty and his team.
A Connecticut family actively involved in their community get a new home (and a California vacation) after their house is flooded, devastated by a fire, and robbed multiple times. While on vacation, they are surprised with a dance lesson from Cheryl Burke (“Dancing With the Stars”).
A Montana family living in a refurbished chicken coop---whose mother, Julie, and her three daughters - have Chiari Malformation---enjoy a New York vacation while Ty and his team build them a new home. The team also builds a facility for the Chiari Malformation chapter in Billings, an organization headed by Julie.
A Navajo family from Arizona living in a trailer without heat or running water have an ecologically friendly home built for them by Ty and his team. They also receive a Walt Disney World vacation.
Radon was found to be poisoning the Miller family of Cheyenne, Wyo., which takes in stray and abused animals. While Ty and his crew make their house safe, the Millers head east on vacation. In New York, they take in a soccer game and meet David Beckham, who has a surprise for 10-year-old David. Back in Cheyenne, Wynonna entertains Ty and crew.
The design team builds a new home for a single father from New Jersey who has worked to keep his five sons out of gangs, despite living in a high-crime area. While Ty and the others are working, the family goes on vacation in Spain.
In Minnesota, a couple with three children and a fourth on the way (who also adopted their four nieces and nephews when the wife's sister was murdered) get some help from Ty and his team in making their small house big enough to raise their burgeoning brood.
An Idaho couple, whose four children suffer from a debilitating blood disease, have a new home built for them by Ty and his team while the family vacations in Philadelphia.
In Vermont, a family receives a new handicap accessible home to accommodate their disabled child, leaving behind a dilapidated house which is in danger of collapse.
In Washington state, a much needed renovation on a home and pool belonging to a single mom and her four children. She has turned her swimming pool into a community resource by giving swimming lessons to children, including some disabled kids.
In Maine, Ty and his team renovate a home for a couple with three children, one who is autistic. Their home is over 100 years old and is believed to be haunted. Among the main problems are an outdated septic system, a lack of insulation, a leaky roof, freezing pipes, a cracked foundation and wiring that is considered a fire hazard.
In Colorado, a family has special needs for a well air conditioned home because of their 10-year-old daughter's rare neurological disorder which severely limits her feeling of pain and shuts down her bodies ability to cool down. Medical bills have nearly bankrupted the family.
Maryland - A home makeover for a widow and her two teenage children who run a therapeutic riding school for disabled people.
A couple and their four children receive a new home after a flood destroyed their old home in Manchester, N.H. in May 2006.
It's off to Kansas to make a home handicapped accessible for a single father and decorated Marine, who lost a leg while fighting in Iraq, now that he and his four kids are vacationing in California to see a concert and meet Miley Cyrus in person.
A family from Louisville, Kentucky receive a home makeover to accommodate their son, Patrick Henry, a blind and wheelchair bound musician who is a member of the University of Louisville marching band. The family takes a trip through London as the home is worked on.
Ty and his team help complete a Virginia home that a National Guardsman had started before being deployed to Iraq. The family vacations in Walt Disney World in Florida as the home is worked on, and are visited by the Virginia National Guard and Toby Keith, who sings "American Soldier."
A family of seven in West Virginia need more room and help in remodeling their ramshackle home. The bighearted family spend their free time coaching football, basketball and cheerleading, while still having time to be caregivers to mentally challenged adults. The family heads to Walt Disney World while their home is worked on.
A motorcycle minister, wife, and their four children get their Nevada home made over by Ty and his team. The couple are credited with having turned their two car garage into a teen community center. The family is vacationing in Hawaii as the changes take place.
While on vacation, the Gaudet family has their Alabama home rebuilt after it was destroyed by a hurricane and fire.
Ty and his team help rebuild a home for a single mother who was inspired to get her GED and attend college after staying in a homeless shelter. Also, a Delaware home of the family's next door neighbor and "adopted grandmother" is rebuilt.
A pastor in Albuquerque and his family receive a home makeover. The pastor has turned a troubled neighborhood into "God's block," a safe and peaceful area. The family spends time on vacation at Disney World while the home gets the makeover.
The Silvas are a Rhode Island family of three adopted sons and a dozen foster children, but live in a home with unsafe lead levels. Ty and the gang have agreed to build them a new home in just seven days while the family vacations in Disney World.
In Massachusetts, a ramshackle non-handicap accessible home is keeping a father away from his family following an automobile accident which left him unable to move around without a helping hand. Ty and the gang remodel their home so they can be reunited, while the family spends a vacation at Disney World.
Ty and the team head to Westwego, La. to assist in the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding effort. this time around they will tackle the rebuilding of three houses and a church. Once again, the families will take a vacation in Walt Disney World while the construction takes place.
A behind the scenes look at Extreme Makeover's Ty Pennington at home, along with his friends and family, plus bloopers and behind the scenes look at the show. Also, TY gives out gifts and cheer to families of those in the military.
Four years ago, Felicia Jackson made a promise at her sister Cassandra's deathbed to keep all 10 of her nieces and nephews together. Before Cassandra passed away from complications from cancer, she told Felicia that she didn't want her children to split up, and Felicia vowed never to let that happen. With that one act of kindness in 2004, Felicia went from being a single mother of four to a mother of 14. She has been supporting all the children by working as a security guard at a mall. Unable to afford and find permanent housing, this family of 15 had been living in a hotel since December. Felicia was told that, if she doesn't find appropriate housing soon, she'll have to split the children up within the foster care system.
An Ohio family get their home renovated to make it handicap accessible for their two daughters with spinal muscular atrophy and a son with Crohn's disease. Special appearance will be made by MLB pitcher Bronson Arroyo and the Jonas Brothers.
Ty and his team rescue a Teacher of the Year and her four kids from their crumbling home in Wisconsin. The family is given a vacation in Canada as the renovation takes place.
Day care operators in a North Carolina home get their house remodeled due to a hazardous mold problem. The house is worked on while the family vacations in Puerto Rico.
The dilapidated home of a church deacon is proving to be a threat to his son due to mold. The boy has survived leukemia and lung transplants already, and Ty and the crew are going to rebuild their house. The family vacations in Santa Barbara during the makeover.
Tim Hill broke his back while working on a construction site, shattering his dreams of becoming a boxer. He next went to college to learn to become a social worker and worked as a councilor for high school students. This was the time in which he helped start the Geneva boxing team. He used his own home as a training facility for young boxers for 10 years now, for people from ages 8-21 for free. Tim has a wife and 3 children of his own which all live in a 200-year old farmhouse which is showing it's age. It will be torn down with a more modern home and a boxing gym set up while the family is vacationing in Cancun.
Ty and his team head to Missouri for two makeovers. A mother who's twin are afflicted by birth defects get their home made safer with a renovation. Then, a man who has cerebral palsy and runs a coffee shop which employs disabled people gets his shop made over.
Ty and the team work on a home owned by a minister and fireman with eight adopted kids and three of their own. They live in a cramped, dilapidated house now, and will be rebuilt while they vacation in Disney World.
Ty and the team work on a 148 year-old dilapidated farmhouse in which is owned by a widow and her three sons. The family is sent to Disney World for a vacation while working on the home.
Ty and the team work on a collapsing home belonging to a schoolteacher with a heart condition and her mechanic husband who suffers from arthritis. The family is sent to Niagra Falls for a vacation.
Ty and his team help rebuild the home of a dedicated corrections officer who's home was destroyed by a tornado. The family is headed for Walt Disney World for a vacation as the work is done.
The Grys have been foster parents of over 25 years now get the home made safer for their adopted son, Jake, who suffers from a condition which makes his bones brittle.
A couple from Pennsylvania who run a Little League program for special-needs kids, gets their home reconstructed. The couple have a pair of autistic children of their own. The Drumm family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World while the home is worked on.
An F4 tornado has destroyed the family home of an wounded Iraqi war veteran in Kansas, and Ty and the gang are here to build hima new one.
Songs: Gavin Rossdale -- Love Remains the Same
The Girard family have faced a pair of tragedies in the last year, from a fire destroying their home, and later a drowning accident claimed their husband/father Thomas and oldest son Marc. The surviving members receive a new home from Ty and his crew, while out on a vacation to Disney World.
Ty and the crew head to Keller, Texas to meet with the Augustine family and inform them that they will be building a new home in just seven days. The Augustine's lost their former home during a flood and the non-profit photography studio which Amber Augustin started up after the premature birth of their son, Luke. With many of the babies sent to the neonatal care unit dying, Amber volunteers in taking photos for the parents as a keepsake for their child. The Augustin family will go on vacation to Hawaii for a Hilton vacation.
In Fresno, CA, a handicapped woman with four children gets a home makeover designed to meet her needs.
A family dedicated to feeding the hungry in El Paso, Texas, get a home makeover.
The Bell family have neglected their home due to mounting medical bills from their daughter, Lizzie's rare blood disease. 14-year old Lizzie is a Red Cross Hero, and Ty and his crew are ready to rebuild their home, which has a cracked foundation, termites and a mold problem.
The Almquist family live in a dilapidated trailer while running a wild animal sanctuary. While on a trip to Costa Rica, the family will receive a new home and a state-of-the-art building for the animals. This sanctuary holds tigers, tortoises, parrots and alligators, along with servals, Mexican beaded lizards, Siberian lynx and an Egyptian cobra.
A dying man wants his home rebuilt for his wife and their adopted special-needs children after it was damaged by a hurricane. Once Ty and his team finish the project, Stevie Wonder sings for the family.
Having lost their daughter to domestic violence and a son to a drunk driver, the Jordan's moved on and became devoted to community service. Ty and his crew help rebuild their deteriorating home while the Jordan's take a vacation to Disneyland.
A former army medic, now wheelchair bound, has his double-wide rebuilt as the family heads off to Washington, D.C. for a vacation, where they meet former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who surprises them with a gift.
The Cerda's have two daughters with CIDD (Combined Immune Deficiency Disease) who live in a home which is crumbling, which threatens their daughter's lives. Ty and his gang help rebuild their home while the Cerda's take a vacation in Maui.
In part 1 of a 2 part season finale, the crumbling, unsafe home of a single dad with three children is rebuilt for the man who started up a reading program in Indianapolis. Later, the Indiana Pacers stop by to give the family a donation, and the rebuilt home is revealed.
Season 7 begins with a 2-hour premiere where a decorated firefighter from Wisconsin gets his families dilapidated farmhouse rebuilt by Ty and his crew, along with Patricia Heaton joining in while Five for Fighting performs. Later, the house is revealed.
Ty Pennington, Micheal Maloney, Paige Hemmis and the team head to the home of Chris Hampton who shares his home with 7 other people. Given an hour to decide on the fate of their neices and nephews, the Hamptons have run out of room to house all 6 children the way they would like to.
The team heads to Connecticut to rebuild a fire-damaged home of a musical family who give their gift of song and inspiration back to the community. Rapper Xzibit is the celebrity volunteer.
Guest Stars: Xzibit
Ty and his crew head the Texas home of a former SWAT team leader and his homicide detective wife, to solve rampant structural and accessibility issues.
Chefs Rocco DiSpirito, Sandra Lee and Art Smith join Ty and the team rebuild a house for a man left behind a career as a lucrative engineer to feed the hungry people in his community.
Clint Black joins Ty's team as they replace a small, single-wide trailer with a newly constructed home.
Joey and Phillip Stott have been through a lot. First, Joey was diagnosed with leukemia and given only a 20% chance of survival. She pulled through by receiving an anonymous bone marrow donation. After her recovery, the family home was ruined by a fire caused by faulty wiring, forcing Joey, Phillip and their three kids, Michael, Jonathan, and Kaila, to move into a tiny trailer. The trailer is hazardous to Joey's precarious health due to her compromised immune system. A mystery man, Tom Wilhelm, joins the team on the bus, but at the house it is revealed that he was Joey's anonymous donor, who also volunteered to help on the house David Duchovny was the celebrity volunteer in a pink hardhat and matching gloves
Guest Stars: Usher
Mary J. Blige joins the team in rebuilding a home for a woman with a degenerative muscular disease who heads up a nonprofit youth center.
The Muppets join the team in rebuilding a home and daycare center for a family in Minnesota.
David Cook and rapper Xzibit help the crew in rebuilding a home for a couple with a 12-year-old daughter battling a blood disease.
Guest Stars: KISS
Ty and the crew take a Texas family home that was destroyed almost completely by Hurricane Ike back in 2008 and rebuild it to a functional home where they can live. Special guests: Jessica Alba
Ty and the team travel to South Carolina to rebuild the home of a couple who adopted her younger brothers.
Ty and the crew have Designers Xzibit and Jillian Harris join them as they go to Baltimore, Maryland to the Boys and Girls Hope in a new way never before aired on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". The children are surprised by the team meeting them and telling the news. However, when a rainstorm threatens to delay their build, they don't know if they are able to get the job done in their normal seven-day build.
The team travels to East Setauket, New York to the Lutz family. When the family is invited to a baseball game, Ty and the crew surprise them that they are going to get a new home. He breaks the news to them right before the baseball game unlike his normal wake up call at their home.
Eric and Elaine Johnson from Houston, Texas are surprised when they realize that they have been chosen for the home makeover. Special guests stars: Cedric The Entertainer, Tommy Davidson, Ralphie May, Paul Rodriquez and even fashion model Brooklyn Decker.
Ty and the crew along with "Dancing With The Stars" go to Rhex Arboleda, a man who came for the American Dream from the Philippines. With his family beside him, they watch as the team of builders and designers tell that they are taking down their house and giving them a new one.
Trisha Urban of Hamburg, Pennsylvania suffered a terrible tragedy with the untimely death of her husband. Now she and her one-year-old daughter have an opportunity to turn the page on their past and open a new chapter in their lives in a home built on a foundation of joy, innocence and whimsy. By drawing upon classic fairy tales and rhymes, the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team rebuilt their crumbling, 300-year-old log cabin and farm and transformed it into the dream home that Trisha and her late husband, Andy, had once hoped for. Celebrity volunteer and supermodel Christie Brinkley helped in the build and participated in a fundraiser at an American Heart Association event honoring Trisha's husband.
The students at Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) in Salem, Oregon, are well known for their spine tingling annual Halloween haunted house fundraiser -- dubbed the 'Nightmare Factory.' The event, held in the basement of the boys' dormitory, goes a long way toward generating much-needed income for the 140-year-old financially-strapped school, a place which students consider their second home. But the 12,000 square foot basement where the Nightmare Factory is usually held has become frightfully unsafe. In just seven days, The "EM:HE" design team had to make the OSD basement safe again and trick it out in a scary and spook-tacular way.
When the 2,000 square foot home of a single mother of nine caught fire in Pocatello, Idaho, breast cancer survivor Jane Marshall and her children were awakened by Betsy, the family dog. Thanks to Betsy, everyone was able to get out safely. To celebrate the Marshall-Spreier family's enduring human spirit in the face of difficulty, Ty and the "EM:HE" design team not only built them a new house in just seven days, but also found ways for some of Betsy's dog brethren to get involved in the transformation of this music-loving family's home. While designer Paul DiMeo played piano with a full symphony orchestra, team leader Ty Pennington orchestrated ten dogs to bring down the family's devastated house, including Molly, a dog who actually operated an excavator!
With their sights set on "The Volunteer State," the Extreme Team returned to Nashville, Tennessee, inspired by the state that lives by the standard of neighbor helping neighbor. Devastated by the 500-year flood on May 1st of this year, one image continues to endure: News stations across the country featured footage of a school building floating down the interstate. What people didn't know was that the Sweatt family had been running the school since 2003. Despite the extensive damage to their own facility, Brian and his wife, Barbara, spearheaded recovery efforts and have helped over 200 families to date. On September 10th, the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" designers teamed up with some of country music's brightest stars to take the bull by the horns and deliver a new school to some deserving students.
Andre and Jasmine Anderson have never allowed their visual impairment to slow them down, but rather have faced it head on, and established the Disability Awareness Center in Maple Heights, Ohio, to help others who are struggling with sight loss. The couple and their sons learned they would be recipients of a home makeover while aboard the public bus that they ride every day. The "EM: HE" team surprised them on the bus and revealed plans to give them a new "smart" home, equipped with technologies that support people with disabilities.
The holidays get into full swing when international superstar Mariah Carey helps the "EM: HE" team create a Winter Wonderland in Pensacola, Florida for Finis Gaston and his niece and two nephews. The spirit of giving is all around, from the moment Mariah Carey steps off the "EM: HE" bus to give this deserving family the surprise of a lifetime to the snowy reveal as Christmas parade revelers dance to her new holiday hit, "Oh Santa!," and volunteers and the community welcome the family to their festively-decorated new home.
The inspiring 10-year-old, wheelchair bound Garrett Grommesh from Moorhead, Minnesota is ecstatic when he finds out that Ty and the design team will be giving his family a new home that will be handicapped accessible. Since their old home is in good enough shape for another family to live in, Garret asks if he could pay forward his good fortune so that his classmate, Arlinda Hajdari, and her family could receive their former home.
The ultimate smackdown and rebuilding of a new home will create a new beginning for Jeff and Shelley Lampe and their six children of Louisville, Kentucky. The design team plans to restore this family's home so they can continue using their love of wrestling as a way of giving back to their community. Celebrity volunteers include wrestling legend Dan Gable, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Randy Couture, Les Stroud ("Survivorman") and Gabe Rygaard ("Ax Men").
The Simpson family from Savannah, Georgia receive a new home that will be a better living environment their two-year-old son, Zoë, who was born with a life-threatening illness. Zoë confounded medical experts when he fully recovered, and he continues to grow and thrive. Volunteer participants include celebrity chef Paula Deen and two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White
Girl Power reigns when the "EM:HE" design team builds both a new home for a family who volunteer and chaperone for the Girls Scouts of the USA, as well as a cedar log cabin at Camp Tanglewood, a Girl Scout camp in Martinez, Georgia. In appreciation, design team leader Ty Pennington was made an honorary Girl Scout!
The Brown family from Wellman, Texas is still recovering from the loss of their talented teen-aged daughter, Alex, to a texting-while-driving accident. Parents Jeanne and Johnny Mac, along with their 12-year-old daughter, Katrina, have made it their life mission to prevent others from having the same fate. To help spread their life-saving message across the country, celebrity volunteers, including pop singing sensation Justin Bieber, actress Emma Roberts and NASCAR superstars Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle, all signed a pledge promising that they will not text while driving.
The Hurston family from Cocoa, Florida have been used to doing for others. For over 25 years, they have flown their 40-year-old Cessna airplane to disasters all over the world, bringing water purifiers, medical supplies and food to those in need. When the home of this family of international relief workers became entirely flooded, it was time for them to be on the receiving end. In addition to building Joe and Cindy Hurston and their three children a new home, the "EM: HE" design team will provide them with an unprecedented gift enabling them to continue their life-saving work.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" traveled to Fort Hood, Texas a year after tragedy struck the base to deliver a fresh start to one lucky couple. On November 5, 2009, a gunman fired more than 100 rounds at soldiers and civilians on base. In the aftermath, 13 people were left dead and 32 others were wounded. Among those caught in the crossfire: Patrick Zeigler, a soldier who had only returned from Iraq two weeks prior. On that ill-fated day, Zeigler was hit four times, with a near fatal gunshot to the head. Patrick's life was forever changed. Upon hearing of his tragedy, fiancée Jessica Hansen put her college degree on hold in order to be by Patrick's side and to aid in his recovery. Now the couple will discover that love conquers all.
Nearly one year ago, a tragic turn of events changed the Hall family of Wichita, Kansas forever. A car accident left dad Carl paralyzed from the shoulders down. As a result, life would change dramatically for everyone in this active family of six. Having thrived in a fast-paced family lifestyle that included everything from running carpools to coaching baseball teams, Carl and his high school sweetheart, Stacey, found themselves facing the biggest challenge of their lives. But on February, 17 the Hall family were ambushed by the Extreme Team, and now the Halls are poised for the opportunity of a lifetime.
The Extreme Team is off to visit Beverly Hill--the woman, not the town. Beverly and her hubby, Fred Burdette, live in Virginia Beach, Virginia with six adopted kids. In addition to changing the lives of her six children, Beverly also cooks meals for the homeless. It's time for this giving family to get something back in the form of a brand new home.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" invited the Marines to fall in for a call to action in Beaufort, South Carolina to honor Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Dickinson's family with a new home. Bill was deployed to Afghanistan on November 5, leaving behind his loving wife, India, and five children, who are fighting a losing battle here at home to save their house -- a scenario far too common for many military families across the nation. In Bill's absence, their home is rapidly depreciating due to spreading mold and water damage. Despite the deplorable conditions, the family maintain and model their lives in the same way their father honors his country. India volunteers on behalf of a military support group, and the oldest children, Grant (16) and Brianna (14), both plan to enlist in the Navy after they graduate from high school. Volunteers and local military will be on hand to lend their efforts and some good old fashioned elbow grease to the Dickinson family.
A specially-themed Mother's Day episode celebrates a beloved volleyball coach who exemplifies what it means to be a mom. Carrie Prewitt from Middleburg, Florida, who never had children of her own, selflessly took three parentless sisters into her run-down but loving home at their moment of need. Helping out with building this family a new house will be two-time gold medalist in Olympic beach volleyball, Misty May, as well as two of the mothers of the "EM: HE" team, who all pitch in to make a new home that will match the colorful, creative personalities of its new inhabitants.
The energetic and lively 9-year-old Patrick Sharrock from Rossville, Georgia manages to inspire everyone he's around. His positive attitude is even more remarkable because of his rare genetic condition, commonly known as brittle bone disease, where even the slightest bump could cause his bones to snap. The family's 50-year-old crumbling house is a major landmine for him. It's up to the "EM: HE" design team to build a safe environment that Patrick could call home in just seven days.
What happens when you send America's most energetic and enthusiastic makeover king to Merry Olde England to help the locals save one of the country's few outdoor community pools? For Ty Pennington, host of the Emmy Award-winning series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," it was a challenge he embraced, traveling to Portishead on the Severn estuary. With his passport in hand and his reputation on the line, Ty crossed the Atlantic and embarked on the journey for his second special, "Ty's Great British Adventure 2011,".
First Lady Michelle Obama makes an appearance in the ninth-season opener in which the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House for homeless female veterans in Fayetteville, N.C., founded by Navy veteran Barbara Marshall, is renovated with the help of armed-forces members.
Conclusion. First Lady Michelle Obama makes an appearance in the ninth-season opener in which the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House for homeless female veterans in Fayetteville, N.C., founded by Navy veteran Barbara Marshall, is renovated with the help of armed-forces members.
Fun-loving, impish Jonah Gomez is like any loveable, mischievous little boy in the first grade, with hopes and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. His love of life has not been diminished by the fact that he has blood disorders which have caused him to undergo open-heart surgery. Mom Jessica and younger sister Ellie have made every effort to help Jonah live his life to the fullest. Despite Jonah's illness and the fact that Jessica had to give up her airline job to take care of him, the Gomez Family have done their best to soldier on, never losing their love of life and having fun. When Jonah is healthy enough, he plays on a soccer team and attends games of Salt Lake Real soccer team, whose players have become his protective friends and supporters. Although Jonah must take oxygen while he sleeps and is often not able to play outside with the extreme weather in Utah, you'd never know it from his joyful demeanor. He seems like every other kid: excited to play soccer and to joke with his sister.
The Gomez Family are much loved in their community, which has rallied around to help keep Jonah happy and healthy while also spreading the word about the importance of bone marrow donorship. So far there has been no bone marrow match for Jonah. He faces a tougher challenge than most because he's of Latin descent and statistically fewer minorities join the National Marrow Donor Program. Jessica has not only assumed a proactive role in identifying the best treatment options, she's also been a passionate advocate for bone marrow donation and cord blood donation, and for spreading the word about the need for minority bone marrow donorship -- an issue many people are unaware of.
Anaiah Rucker is a smart, fun, athletic, sweet, straight-A student with the dream of attending Harvard and becoming a doctor or lawyer, though she will be a fifth grader this fall. That dream was threatened on February 4, 2011 when Anaiah, then just 9 years old, saved her 5-year-old sister, Camry, by pushing her out of the path of an oncoming truck. Anaiah was struck herself, leaving her with massive, life-threatening injuries. Undaunted by these injuries, she has endured the amputation of her left leg and grueling rehab to get her body back in shape so she can continue playing sports, singing in the chorus, and working hard at her studies. Happy to have her best friend and sister Camry safe and sound, Anaiah and her family are focused on getting her well and making her stronger than ever, which is a challenge because she is currently wheelchair bound.
Loved by all who know her, Anaiah has been showered with affection and support by her small-town community of Madison. The town has rallied around this heroine, helping her family in any way they can. Kids at school have sold "bottle cap" necklaces, community groups have had barbecues and perfect strangers have given Anaiah a helping hand and well wishes. Her story has been heard "'round the world," as celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Dwight Howard have reached out to her. Despite many challenges, the family is tighter than ever, and mom Andrea is grateful that both of the daughters she adores are still here. Although they have few resources, they still retain a positive, upbeat, inspiring attitude.
Andrea loves kids - she says her two beautiful daughters are her "whole life" - and despite her time limitations, she extends that love of children by volunteering at the local Boys & Girls Club. This affords her more time with her girls, as well as letting her get to know the kids in her community. Andrea would love to establish programs at the Boys & Girls Club for mothers and mentoring programs for young girls.
The "EM:HE" design team has just seven days to build a brand new home for Anaiah and her family, one that is safe, secure, ADA-accessible and free of obstacles, where the girls can continue to study hard and pursue their dreams. The Rucker family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Walt Disney World. There, Anaiah is surprised by basketball star Dwight Howard (who donates $50,000 to the family from his D12 Foundation), as well as Katie Holloway, an amputee who played college basketball and was on the U.S. Paralympic Sitting Volleyball team. Dwight and Katie both provide inspiration to Anaiah to play sports again.
After giving birth to Hailey, who was born with dwarfism, Jimmy and Darlene Korpai turned their attention to advocating for their little girl. As President and Vice President of the New York chapter of Little People of America, their goal is to erase ignorance, increase understanding and give families of little people support and help. On an even more personal level, they also dream of having a home that offers their daughter independence and autonomy, so she can grow from the happy-go-lucky, playful girl she is at this moment into a strong adult who can rely on herself, not letting her size deter her from pursuing her life.
High school sweethearts Jimmy and Darlene Korpai had been planning their life together since they were 17. They got married, bought a great piece of property with a two-story fixer-upper and got pregnant - all according to plan. Fifteen minutes after Hailey was born, Jimmy and Darlene's carefully orchestrated future took a turn. They learned that their new baby girl had a form of dwarfism, and for weeks that was about all they knew. Information was hard to find, and it took them months just to learn that there was a Little People support group in their area. Hailey is now 5, and the Korpais have added baby brother Hudson, 1, and a whole lot of advocacy to their lives, but no more room to their home. More importantly, they don't have the right kind of rooms in their home to keep Hailey safe, independent and happy, or to host functions and meetings for their organization. They dream of a space where Hailey can grow up with access to every aspect of the house - one which allows her the freedom and independence to do everyday things on her own, like brush her teeth, bake, turn off light switches, etc. The Korpai home is also the facility for the New York chapter of Little People of America, so there is a need for it to be one-story and wheelchair accessible to accommodate little people visitors, as well as Hailey.
Dad Steve Keefer retired early to nurture his son Brian, a star athlete who became paralyzed in a life-threatening accident in 2008, just before his 21st birthday. Steve and Brian have an incredible father/son bond and, along with other family members, have worked hard to help Brian realize his dreams of graduating from college someday and regaining his ability to walk.
On July 1st, 2008, twelve days before his 21st birthday, Brian Keefer (an all-around college athlete, volleyball player & coach, record-holding track & field athlete, and president of his college's gymnastics club) suffered a drastic gymnastics injury that paralyzed him from the neck down. Brian was a sophomore at Lock Haven University heading into his junior year. With this injury, Brian needed 24-hour care and his father, Steve, didn't hesitate. After working 30+ years at a distribution post for the military, he gave up his job and regular life to move onto the college campus with Brian as his primary care aide. With his Dad's help, Brian is (with obvious qualifications) in many ways thriving: he even won Homecoming King at his college.
At his family home, Brian is confined to only a few downstairs rooms of the house. With all his equipment, his makeshift room is very small and cluttered. Brian often feels like a prisoner. What's more, the best therapy for Brian is aqua-therapy, and although the home has an outdoor pool that Steve built for his sons when they were younger, it isn't to Brian in his wheelchair.
C.J. and Lindsay are a young newly married couple who have dedicated their life to helping others. After starting a non-profit organization that helps children with medical issues, C.J. began getting involved in public speaking. Suddenly they found themselves raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the kids, transforming and serving schools. They moved to Portland and began a new chapter their when their two eldest sons were diagnosed with autism. The family moved quickly back to their original home. Sawyer the oldest son showed impressive progress and became a sparrow himself. The house the family now live in however is no longer fit for purpose and is in need of a desperate makeover.
Staff Sergeant Allen Hill was almost killed by a massive roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. He has recovered from the physical wounds, but the injuries that we can't see still haunt him. Environmental triggers such as loud noises, dimly lit spaces and long hallways can bring on episodes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), some of which are dangerous, as they can send Sergeant Hill running for cover. One of his family's greatest fears is that he will run out into the street during an episode and be killed. Sergeant Hill has just completed years-long inpatient PTSD treatment and is ready to come home. Unfortunately, environmental triggers still surround his former home: The house is near both a rock quarry, where there are frequent dynamite blasts, and a train yard that is a perpetual source of terrifying noises and vibrations. For Sergeant Hill to be reunited with his family, he needs a new home - one built in a suitable location.
Glenn Close nominated the Hill Family for the show. She founded a not-for-profit organization in 2009, Bring Change 2 Mind, to combat the stigma that surrounds mental illness, having witnessed the stigma that her sister Jessie and nephew Calen experienced in their own journeys through mental illness. Bring Change 2 Mind educates and raises awareness about mental illness, including PTSD. Ms. Close has also been heavily involved in the Puppies Behind Bars program which employs prisoners to train service dogs for wounded vets. Sergeant Hill's new service dog from Puppies Behind Bars, Frankie, has helped him make significant strides toward wellness and is his lifeline.
Ty and singer/songwriter Jewel will take viewers on an inspiring journey back to some of the most heartwarming military stories featured throughout the series. The "EM:HE" crew will also pay a visit to select heroic families to find out what they've been up to since the makeover and how they are paying it forward by helping their fellow veterans. Throughout the episode, celebrities will highlight issues facing our military. The special will enable the television audience to give back and donate to the military families who give so much - a chance to rise up and honor those who have personally sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation, as a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues. The beneficiaries of this show will include United Services Organizations (USO), Hire Heroes USA, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Volunteers of America, Fisher House and Welcome Back Veterans.
Dale Dunning and her family wake up at 2am every morning to provide food for 17 soup kitchens across Delaware. They currently live in a rental home in which they have to store all of the food for the soup kitchens. They agree that their ideal family home would be a ranch that they could run their large-scale kitchen out of. They want somewhere that would provide shelter, food and support to those in need including gardens and a farm.
On April 6, 2009, 11-year-old Carl Walker took his own life, forever changing the Walker family. For almost a year Carl had told his mother, Sirdeaner Walker, about the many incidents of kids bullying him at school. The family still hasn't been able to return to normal after Carl's death, but they have focused their energies on helping others. They has turned this tragic event into something positive by lobbying for new state and federal laws against bullying.
The Walker house was a living memory of the most horrific night in any family's life. The 3rd floor was where Carl Walker took his own life. As a result, the family could not bear the sadness of being on that floor. The "EM: HE" team had just seven days to build a brand new home for the Walker family, a new facility that would meet their current needs and also honor Carl in a positive way.
The Walker family was whisked away on a dream vacation to Hollywood, where they were greeted by Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian Odom. The Kardashian sisters hosted an Anti Bullying Rally in support of the Walker family and enlisted the help of their friend, Demi Lovato, who performed for the crowd. The event was sponsored by Sears. Back in Massachusetts, teen sensation Cody Simpson performed, and enlisted hundreds of teens to join him in a Stand Together March to stop bullying.
Wyzhir Johnson-Goslee is an inspirational 16 year old with aspirations to become a interior decorator and construction worker. He already has a list of jobs to fix up in his own home but also undertakes projects across the community. However on Christmas Eve 2010, he was working at his Grandfathers aging home when his coast sleeve managed to get caught up in a saw and severing his left hand. Doctors tried to do all they could but haven't managed to save his hand. Wyzhir remains positive though and was determined to return to school and resume his normal life. The team help Wyzhir fix up the house that's been in constant disrepair.
The Rhodes family is tight-knit, hardworking, loving and joyous, and have lived in their neighborhood for more than five generations. The Rhodes have always put family first. So when Grandpa James and Grandma Jackie's (also known as the neighborhood's beloved "Big Momma") adult daughter, Makia, was diagnosed with a potentially deadly brain tumor, leaving her unable to work and in need of daily care, they did not hesitate to take Makia and her kids into their 941-square foot home.
Now there are seven people living in this small dilapidated home, and although Makia has made progress, she's still experiencing mental delays and difficulties - so she relies on her parents' support every day. Despite the very cramped quarters and difficult conditions, the Rhodes still manage to exude joy, laughter and love in an inspiring example of family devotion and sacrifice.
Part 1 of 2. A legally blind widow raising six children in an Iowa farmhouse is helped.
After the 2011 tornado ripped through Missouri, the season finale see's several new build homes constructed for those who suffered the most.
A nine-year veteran of the police force and foster mother to over 30 children, Devonda Friday and husband James didn't think twice when they got a call to provide temporary care to a boy being transferred to a group home. They had no idea this call would change their lives. The teenage boy showed them a video of his siblings, begging them to help keep the five of them together. Before they knew it, Devonda and James were making room for all the youngsters to join their own two children.
In her career as a police officer, Devonda had repeatedly seen kids mistreated. She had her "aha" moment when, on a call, she saw a little girl bleeding from her cheek, and knew she had to do something to help the children of her community. She immediately called her husband, and they decided to become foster parents to give kids like that little girl a fighting chance at a better life in a loving home. But in 2005 Devonda was viciously attacked; it took her a year to heal physically. However other doors also opened for her: She switched careers, got a degree and, over the years, along with James, fostered dozens of children, raised their own biological child and adopted another youngster. In May 2010, they met Chris, the oldest of five siblings separated in the foster care system. The first night they met, Chris showed the Fridays a video that social services had created of the younger siblings to encourage their placement. This was a life-changing moment for the Fridays, and they began their journey to adopt all five children. Initially their request was turned down because their modest ranch home didn't have enough room, so the Fridays converted their carport into two makeshift bedrooms and sold their van to offset expenses. The adoption was finalized in 2011. Now "EMHE" will celebrate the spirit of Christmas by giving the Friday family a new spacious home for the holidays
Daniel and Mandy Watson are not only the proud adoptive parents of three adorable, fun-loving kids with boundless energy, they're also inspiring examples of how people can make a difference in the lives of so many others. Having both been raised by single mothers, the Watsons work tirelessly to transform the lives of low-income, single mother families through housing and by providing the tools to succeed in life... all while their own home falls apart around them. Four years ago, they left their jobs and created the Restoration House, a non-profit organization that provides single mothers with housing at a local apartment complex, as well as the tools needed (mentoring, advocacy) to be confident, self-sufficient and productive members of their community. This passionate young couple fight hard for their dream of 'restoring' the lives of single mothers and their children in Knoxville, Tennessee, where over 5,000 single-mother families live below the poverty line. Their mantra, "It Takes a Village," has helped many single mothers and their children transition to successful lives, both financially and personally. But their own home is in such bad shape that it threatens to take them away from their non-profit and imperils their dreams of expanding the program to help even more single moms.
The Watsons decided to forgo having biological children and adopted Atley (6) and Ava (5) as newborns from single mothers in the Knoxville area, as well as baby Silas (1) from Ethiopia. Both Ava and Silas were at-risk adoptions, as Ava tested cocaine positive when she was born, and Silas was found abandoned in the bushes at two days old, suffering from neonatal tetanus and on the verge of death. Now all three children are healthy and playful, brimming with joy and mischief. Daniel works tirelessly at the Restoration House as Executive Director, but also works a second job at night as a web developer to pay the bills. Even though Mandy is now staying at home to take care of Silas, she spends countless hours helping the mothers in the program.
The design team has just seven days to build a new Restoration House that's larger, with additional living quarters where they can house two single mother families at a time while those families go through the Restoration House program. The episode features a visit to the "Wipeout" set and an appearance by UFC Champion fighter Jon "Bones" Jones. The Watson family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Sarasota, Florida while special guest team leader Jenny McCarthy and the "EM: HE" team of designers -- Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, John Littlefield and Jillian Harris -- along with Grace Construction and community volunteers, build the structure.
The team helps build a home for a veteran who helps wounded warriors find jobs and support when they return to civilian life.
The team helps build a home for a family that's house and farm burned in a wild fire; fire department renovation.