Family Matters Blog: ‘Extreme Makeover’ Seeks Military Families
By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 Several months ago, the producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” asked me to spread the word about their search for people involved in the military to feature on the show’s upcoming season.
Barbara Marshall and her family received a new, 5,000-square-foot home July 21, 2011, courtesy of the ABC reality series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." DOD photo by Elaine Sanchez
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They got a huge response and selected an exceptional Navy veteran for a home makeover. A few months ago, I traveled to Fayetteville, N.C., to watch hundreds of volunteers build Barbara Marshall a new 5,000-square-foot home. The three-story home, dubbed the Jubilee House, serves as a shelter and resource center for homeless female veterans.
This episode -- which also features a special visit by First Lady Michelle Obama -– will kick off the show’s ninth season Sept. 25.
With that episode ready to air, the show’s producers once again are seeking people involved with the military to feature in upcoming episodes.
The producers are looking for people with “amazing strength of character and who put their own needs aside to help others,” they said in a news release. “Whether it’s a soldier, a mom, a teacher or a fireman, we think deserving families are families who inspire those around them.”
Additionally, the show’s producers are seeking families whose houses need major alterations or repair – “homes that present serious problems for the family and affect the family’s quality of life.”
To be eligible, families must own their single-family home and be able to demonstrate how a makeover will make a difference in their lives.
Rather than apply through the normal channels, interested military families or people who wish to nominate a military family can email a short description of the family’s story directly to Jackie Topacio, casting producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jackie told me she wants to make sure she reads every story submitted.
Please don’t wait to apply; the deadline for nominations is Sept. 29.
The email should include the names and ages of household members, a description of the family’s challenges, an explanation of why the family is deserving of a makeover or is a positive role model in the community, photos of the family and their home, and contact numbers.
For more information on the application process, visit http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index?pn=apply.
Please pass this information on to deserving military families. I hope to see a few on “Extreme Makeover” this season.
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