"EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" GIVES BACK TO A LOVING, SINGLE FATHER
AND HIS FIVE SONS WHO, DESPITE THEIR OWN HARDSHIPS, HAVE HELPED
MAKE THEIR CRIME RIDDEN COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE
New Designer Rib Hillis Joins the EMHE Team
"Marrero Family" -- The Marrero family of Camden, NJ, who have been living without heat and insufficient electricity, received the news that Ty and the gang will build them a new home in a remarkable seven days on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Victor Marrero is a single father of five sons. He has a bad heart condition, has suffered serious heart attacks and has been laid off twice in the last few years. He is currently disabled, leaving the family in a huge financial squeeze and with a home that's falling apart. They're a hard working, loving family whose only hope of survival is each other. All five sons have been working hard in attempt to help their father, but the income isn't enough. Their home has rats, holes, barely any electricity or heat, un-insulated walls and a back door that doesn't lock. The six family members have to share one bathroom, and the five boys sleep on three mattresses.
In a city infested with drugs, crime and the highest poverty rate in the U.S., the Marrero family is a beacon of light and hope whose story was told on ABC's "20/20." Despite all of their hardships, they continue to make their community a better place. Victor began a program for single fathers called "Single Fathers of Camden." Most importantly, he has managed to keep all of his sons out of gangs in a drug trafficking and crime stricken neighborhood. Steven Marrero, 15, works as a mentor at an after-school program called Urban Promise; Ethan Marrero, 16, hopes to follow in his brother's footsteps and become a mentor as well. On this episode of "EMHE," Ty and the team will relieve some of the stress on Victor's heart and give back to this family by providing them a new and safe home. And while Ty and the designers, local builder J.S. Hovnanian & Sons and hundreds of volunteers and workers rebuild their home in just seven days, the Marrero family will go on an Adventure by Disney to Spain.
This season every episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is going green by incorporating eco-friendly, low-energy and recyclable resources in the builds. On "Marrero Family," all exterior products of the home are comprised of renewable and recyclable resources. The home's new siding is both beautiful and durable, while also reducing the use of paint on the exterior.
The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Paul DiMeo, Ed Sanders, Tanya McQueen and introducing new designer Rib Hillis. The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Denise Cramsey. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
This episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online.