This year’s Extreme Home Repair (EHR) project in Aldergrove is officially underway.
EHR is a non-profit community service program of Church in the Valley, a Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is passionate about helping others and enhancing lives by providing home repairs for families in the Township of Langley who are in extreme need.
Last Sunday, May 8, saw the first day of construction as roughly 60 volunteers tore apart Sarah Scarrow’s house in the beginning stages of a complete home makeover free of charge.
Scarrow is a single mom with three adopted children, and works full time to make end meet.
Basically, her whole paycheque goes to the mortgage, so she nothing left to repair her home, explained Aldergrove Adventist Church associate pastor Mike Dauncey
“We feel she is very deserving of this gift,” Dauncey added.
This project is very similar to the TV show Extreme Home Makeover.
The goal is to accomplish at least one extreme makeover project each year, valued at $150,000 to $250,000.
The EHR volunteers have completed 16 makeovers in the last 13 years in Aldergrove and Langley.
During the last 13 years, EHR have partnered with over 125 local businesses and hundreds of volunteers to renovate, restore, and improve the homes of 16 recipient families.
“Sometimes the recipient families have suffered unimaginable loss in the death of a child or loved one, and in many cases, children who have been chronically ill with asthma related to mold infested homes, have seen a tremendous improvement in their quality of life,” Dauncey said.
“Whatever the case, the home renovation helps to restore homes as well as the mental, emotional, and physical health of families in our community.”
To celebrate the completed 2016 project, a neighbourhood block party and reveal celebration event is being planned for Victoria Day, May 23 at 5 p.m. at the Scarrow family home, 26981 28A Ave., in Aldergrove.