Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Fire Destroys 18 Special Needs Children Home On Season Finale Of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION

Season Finale - After A Devastating House Fire That Left The Turner Family Homeless, EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION Helps Rebuild The Life And Home Of A Mother To 18 Special Needs Children

Enrique Iglesias Performs and Jason Kidd of the NJ Nets Helps Welcome the Family Back Home

After a devastating house fire left Beverly Turner and her adopted children from Irvington, NJ homeless, Ty and the gang renovate their burned down home in just seven days -- and the biggest residential build yet! The Season Finale of EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION will air in two back-to-back episodes, Sunday, May 21 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Told she could never have children of her own, Beverly Turner looked into adoption. Now, at age 54, she has been a special mom to 18 special needs children -- despite having myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease. Raising children who suffer from bi-polar disorder, autism and blindness isn′t easy, but Beverly feels honored to have the opportunity. She knows that most of these kids came from homes where they were abused or neglected, and was happy to provide them with a loving home.

Beverly′s life would take yet another challenging turn on September 9, 2005: Instead of waking up to a house filled with love and laughter, the Turner family awoke to smoke and fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. Suddenly a single mother and her then nine special needs children were homeless.

Beverly′s insurance policy was only enough to cover the mortgage on the house, with no money leftover for the Turners to rebuild. After the fire, the Red Cross put the family up in a hotel for three days, then a neighbor let them stay with her for another six weeks, until finally they moved into Beverly′s mother′s house, where they now reside. Three of the Turners sleep in the basement, while others sleep on couches and a bed.

Seeing an article in the local paper on the Turners and their fire, about one hundred anonymous community members, including the Mayor of Irvington, NJ clipped the article and sent it in to EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, hoping the design team could help! And now that the smoke has cleared, "EM: HE" will answer the community′s call and head to Irvington to help this very deserving mom and her special family.

While the EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION design team, contractors and hundreds of workers, local builder Edgewood Properties and Century 21 Construction and volunteers are transforming the Turners′ house into a dream home in a remarkable seven days, the family will go on vacation to Arizona. In addition, singer Enrique Iglesias performs and Jason Kidd of the NJ Nets stops by to welcome the family back home at the reveal of their new house.