Women Veterans Get Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Barbara Marshall and her family caught a glimpse of their new, 5,000-square-foot home July 21, 2011, courtesy of the ABC reality show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The house will enable Marshall to continue her mission of housing and supporting homeless female veterans. DOD photo by Elaine Sanchez

ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has truly joined forces to support an amazing military family. Tune in for the season premiere this Sunday, September 25, which features the heart-warming story of a Navy veteran who has made it her life’s passion to support female veterans.

Barbara Marshall created the Steps and Stages program at the Jubilee House, in Fayetteville, North Carolina to assist homeless female veterans with their transition back into civilian life.  The program provides a place to live, teaches life skills, aids in job searches for these women who have faithfully served our country.

Barbara served in the Navy for 15 years and currently has a daughter serving active duty.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched the Joining Forces initiative earlier this year and asked every citizen to get involved in supporting the military families in their community.  This show demonstrates how people working together can make a difference in the lives of our military families.

Tracie Ciambotti is co-founder of the Military Families Ministry.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition brings together volunteers from all branches of the Armed Forces, a local builder, businesses, retail stores, and many citizens from the local community to build a new 5000 square foot home for Barbara and The Jubilee House.  Michele Obama joins the team on this incredible project which enables Barbara to expand her life’s work and help more female veterans.  You won’t want to miss this amazing show.

Military Families Ministry is registered with the Joining Forces campaign.  If you are interested in supporting the military families in your community, visit our website to learn about ways to get involved.

EDITORS NOTE: Tracie Ciambotti was contacted by a representative from ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition show and asked to preview their season premiere and then write a post about it to spread awareness and get more people watching. 

Show producers also asked Elaine Sanchez, contributor to the Dept. of Defense Family Matters Blog, to write about the TV show:

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 jax@emhe.tv. Jackie told me she wants to make sure she personally 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  the “Extreme Makeover” website.

One Response

  1. I saw the show it was the best I wish you all the best you are going to be at the top of my bucket list your work is what Americans need you give all us hope 🙂 thank you so much 🙂 a Nieves and fam Danbury Ct

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