Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming to the valley... They have narrowed it down to five finalists and tomorrow Ty will be knocking on the winners door maybe in Fresno... Then Saturday they start work and the family returns to their home Jan, 15th... The episode will air sometime in March... I know a secret but can't tell you til Friday... No, it's not my house, lol, nor do I know who's... And I did not volunteer, but it's still exciting...
Here is the website for the builders and updates:
And here are two news stories that I pasted in:
Valley families on ' Makeover' list
One will be picked from 5 finalists for new home
By Sanford NaxThe Fresno Bee
last updated: January 02, 2009 12:01:47 AM
FRESNO -- A local homebuilder is teaming up with a popular television show to build a house for a family in the central San Joaquin Valley.
De Young Properties will join ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to build a house in seven days. Jerry De Young said five families in the valley are finalists, and one will be surprised with a visit by show host Ty Pennington and his team Thursday.
The premise of the show, in its sixth season, is that a team of celebrity designers collaborates with a local contractor to tear down the home of a family in need of a better place to live and replace it with a home that suits their needs.
De Young has constructed more than 7,000 houses in 34 years of business, but this project is unique in two ways: its speed and the amount of volunteer commitment.
The builder's staff and nearly all of its trade partners have agreed to donate time and materials, said Paula De Young, a company principal.
The homebuilder is issuing a call for volunteers to help on the job site and in the following areas: people to serve five meals a day to people working around-the-clock; runners to supply laborers with water; crews to keep the site clean; people to keep track of supplies at the staging area; and people to fill miscellaneous roles.
Volunteers must be at least 18.
"Extreme Makeover" approached De Young to lead the project because the builder is involved in other charitable projects. Two weeks ago, De Young donated a $300,000 house as part of a fund-raiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. It made a similar contribution in 2007 and also will build a house in 2009. "To build a quality home in just seven days for one deserving family is the Super Bowl of home building, and we were honored to say 'yes,' " Jerry De Young said.
City officials in Fresno say they are prepared to help "Extreme Makeover" if a resident is selected. "If it is a family in Fresno, we will get our folks together and make sure the project runs smoothly within the time frame," said Georgeanne White, Mayor Alan Autry's chief of staff.
De Young said the show is responsible for handling the necessary building permits and other inspections.
De Young said the episode will be on television sometime in March, more than a month and a half after the project is completed.
'Extreme Makeover' has enough volunteers: 3,800
Tuesday, Jan. 06, 2009
By Rick Bentley / The Fresno Bee
No more volunteers are needed for the ABC reality show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." The response for volunteers for the local build for the show has been overwhelming, according to Paula De Young, executive vice president of De Young Properties, which is overseeing the project.
More than 3,800 local residents have stepped up to volunteer their time to build a home for a local family. The family selected to get the new home will be revealed Thursday.
There are so many volunteers to work on the local project that shifts will be only four hours long in contrast to the normal eight-hour shifts used on other builds. This doubles the number of locals who will get to be part of the television program.
"We thank the entire community for stepping up to the plate and appreciate everyone's involvement and patience as we coordinate this exciting build," De Young said in a news release Tuesday.
Those who will be working on the home will be notified within 48 hours with more details and their assigned times.
Demolition is slated for Saturday. The family will return to their new home Jan. 15. Information on how to visit the location during the process as a spectator is available online at http://www.blogger.com/www.deyoungproperties.com, as is how to be a sponsor.
Coordinators will keep contact information on file in case other volunteer opportunities arise with the project.