Earlier today, July 14, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina to surprise a family with the door knock that can change lives. The paratrooper team from the U.S. Army and service men joined “EM: HE” host Ty Pennington and the gang to surprise the Marshall family at The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House. Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy Veteran, is fighting to end homelessness among her fellow female veterans. Barbara became passionately committed to her cause when she noticed that so many of our troops were living on the streets after risking their lives to protect their fellow Americans. Instead of just complaining about the situation, this formidable, no-nonsense woman decided to take action and established The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House, using her own money.
Jubilee House offers shelter, support and services such as mentoring and life coaching to homeless female veterans. Along with housing three women veterans and their children, the Jubilee House works with over 30 homeless women veterans seeking assistance each week. The House serves as an extended family for the women – as with many experiences while serving in the military, they form tight bonds with each other through their shared experience and mutual support. Unfortunately, Barbara can only do so much — Jubilee House needs additional space and resources to continue their work with the women. Barbara would like to live in the house so she can help the women in every aspect of their lives as they get back on their feet. She’d also like her son, who is developmentally delayed, to have a place in which he can thrive. Barbara’s life is dedicated to these women… they are her mission, her family, her passion. Her dream is to someday end homelessness among female veterans, while honoring these brave women who’ve sacrificed so much for our country.
The “EM:HE” design team has just seven days to build a brand new Jubilee House for the Marshalls and the homeless female veterans it supports on a daily basis, a new facility that can house multiple families and act as a resource center for the female veterans who walk through the doors each week. The Marshall family and Jubilee House residents have been whisked away on a dream vacation to Walt Disney World, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, John Littlefield, Sabrina Soto and local builders Blue Ridge Log Cabins, as well as community volunteers, build the structure.
The build location is 120 Langdon Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301