"EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" TRAVELS TO MARYLAND TO HELP
A SINGLE MOTHER KEEP HER PROMISE TO KEEP HER 10 NIECES AND NEPHEWS
TOGETHER AND OUT OF THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM
Washington Redskins Player Chris Cooley and
Academy Award-Winning Actress Jennifer Hudson Make Appearances
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" travels to Rockville, Maryland to help Felicia Jackson, a single mother who is struggling to keep all of her 10 nieces and nephews out of the foster care system, and to present her a brand new home in a remarkable seven days. The two-part season episode airs SUNDAY, JULY 26 (8:00-9:00 & 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Rebroadcast: OAD: 9/28/08)
Note: This program replaces "EMHE: Martirez & Malek Families" and "Desperate Housewives: Crime Doesn't Pay," which moves to 10:00 p.m.
Four years ago, Felicia Jackson made a promise at her sister Cassandra's deathbed to keep all 10 of her nieces and nephews together. Before Cassandra passed away from complications from cancer, she told Felicia that she didn't want her children to split up, and Felicia vowed never to let that happen. With that one act of kindness in 2004, Felicia went from being a single mother of four to a mother of 14. She has been supporting all the children by working as a security guard at a mall. Unable to afford and find permanent housing, this family of 15 had been living in a hotel since December. Felicia was told that, if she doesn't find appropriate housing soon, she'll have to split the children up within the foster care system. With the community behind Felicia's story and her fight for self sufficiency, the county deeded her a piece of land with a house that needs major repairs. Felicia can't afford any renovations, since she's raising 14 growing children. Now it's up to Ty and the designers to make the needed repairs and help this courageous and loving mother fulfill her sister's dying wish.
In addition, Ed Sanders visits Washington Redskins player Chris Cooley at a training camp for a few football pointers and picks up a gift from Chris to give to the family. Paige Hemmis visits Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls") in Chicago for some advice on making over one of the Jackson girls' rooms, and brings back a personal message of inspiration to the girls from Jennifer.
While Ty and the designers, local builder Classic Homes of Maryland and hundreds of volunteers and workers are rebuilding their home, the Jackson family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington and designers Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Paige Hemmis, Didiayer Snyder and Eduardo Xol.
The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. These programs carry a TV-PG parental guideline.