On the season opener of ‘Extreme Makeover’ Home Edition, they had two very special guests. Michelle Obama and Rihanna.
Ty Pennington and the Extreme Makeover Home Edition design team kick off the premiere of season seven by knocking on the door of the White House and meeting Michelle Obama, who assures them she is on board to help out with this week’s build. Keep reading for the highlights of this episode which features the family of Barbara Marshall and the Jubilee House.
Barbara Marshall is a female veteran who opened a shelter, Steps N Stages Jubilee House, for homeless female veterans where she could offer them support and services such as mentoring and life coaching, in addition to a roof over their head. The buildings are in disrepair and that’s where Extreme Makeover Home Edition comes in.
The bus arrives in Fort Bragg to gather up volunteers before heading to Fayetteville, North Carolina to surprise the Marshall family. US Army paratroopers jump out of planes over their heads. They all follow Ty as he yells, “Good Morning Marshall Family!” The current residents of Steps N Stages Jubilee House embrace and celebrate. Barbara tells Ty her dream is to not have to turn any female veteran away.
Ty tours the current Jubilee House to find out what challenges they’ve been facing. Tracy talks to Nicky, a single mom who is currently residing in the home. They share tears discussing what she went through in Afghanistan, how she missed her boys, and how difficult it is to resume a normal life after active duty. The other ladies are thankful for Barbara and Jubilee House for giving them back self-respect. Barbara herself has a son with a learning disability to care for as well.
Ty says they’re all going to Walt Disney World while Blue Ridge Log Cabins, the volunteers, and the design team get busy! At Disney World the kids salute real-life toy soldiers. Ty contacts them to watch the demo of the old Jubilee House. They run a big rope from the house to the coast guard boat and pull it down!