Since 2003, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EM:HE) has provided 188 home renovations to less fortunate families throughout the United States. Each episode has consisted of telling the story of a family that has endured hardships and their attempt to make the best of their situation. Former model, carpenter & TV host Ty Pennington and his team of designers have dramatically changed the lives of many people throughout the last 8 seasons and this season’s premiere with Michelle Obama definitely will definitely tug at the heart.
Michelle Obama joins Ty Pennington to celebrate and honor Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy Veteran, who is fighting to end homelessness among her fellow woman veterans. Barbara Marshall established The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House in Fayetteville, NC, using her own money and hard work. Jubilee House is a place where homeless female veterans can turn to in their time of need. Jubilee House offers the woman veterans shelter, support and services such as career and life coaching. Barbara’s life has been dedicated to making Jubilee House successful and offering the women who come through the doors a second chance at life.
Not only does Barbara Marshall strive to take care of the woman veterans, but she also is a mother herself. Her daughter is currently serving in the military, and her teenage son, who suffers from a learning disability, lives with her full time. At the taping of the show, Jubilee House was the home to three other families as well, and unfortunately the house needed additional space and repairs in order to stay afloat.
Mrs. Obama, Ty Pennington and the “EM: HE” team of designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, John Littlefield, Sabrina Soto, local builder Blue Ridge Log Cabins and hundreds of community volunteers helped build the new Jubilee House, which in my opinion, is one of the most amazing homes I’ve seen so far on EM:HE.
The most important aspect of this season premiere is that it also sheds light on the issues so many veterans face after leaving the military. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states roughly five percent of the nations’ homeless veterans are female.
This show does what television does best it shines a light on the best of who we are as a country…She (Barbara Marshall) represents what military familys are….she’s served in the military herself, and continues to serve ~ Michelle Obama
The Season 9 premiere of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
To learn more about The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House and to make a donation, visit their website: http://www.stepsnstages.com.
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Sept. 25 Season Premiere Michelle Obama joins Ty Pennington to celebrate and honor Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy Veteran, who is fighting to end homelessness among her fellow woman veterans. Barbara Marshall established The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House in Fayetteville, NC, using her own money and hard work. Jubilee House is a place where homeless female veterans can turn to in their time of need.