Extreme Makeover to build vet shelter
FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Homeless female veterans in Fayetteville will get the help they need thanks to Ty Pennington and the hit ABC TV show Extreme Makeover Home Edition.
Pennington knocked on Barbara Marshall's door just before noon Thursday and told her she's getting a brand new log home from Blue Ridge Log Cabins built from the ground up in just one week.
We are just off the charts excited," said Marshall right after she got the news.
Marshall has been featured in ABC11 stories before. Last fall, we reported she was fixing up a house on Langdon Street to turn it into a shelter called the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House for female veterans who need assistance.
Marshall is a former Navy officer. She was a chaplain who counseled women and continues to make a difference in their lives now. Along with housing three women veterans and their children, the Jubilee House works with over 30 homeless women veterans seeking assistance each week.
When we spoke with her in October, she told us the need was much greater.
"I'd say that on a normal night there are at least 200 to 300 women veterans, who either couch surfing, sleeping on the streets or just not certain on where they're going to lay their heads," Marshall said.
Producers said the new home the show is building for Marshall will be able to house multiple families. It will also be a place where Marshall's son - who is developmentally delayed - can thrive. While their new home is under construction, the Marshall family will spend the next seven days on a dream vacation at Walt Disney World in Florida.
On the build, Pennington will get help from designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, John Littlefield and Sabrina Soto, plus help from builder Blue Ridge Log Cabins and other community organizations and volunteers.
Senator Kay Hagan said she will volunteer on the construction site Friday.
Business and civic leaders and volunteers from across the region are donating supplies, money, and their time for the project, but organizers say much more is needed.
To learn more about the Fayetteville project and volunteer, head over to the Extreme Makeover Home Edition website.
Extreme Makeover has helped hundreds of families around the country, including a home it built in Raleigh for the Riggins family in 2006. The Fayetteville edition is currently scheduled to air on ABC11 October 21 at 8 p.m.
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