Extreme Makeover Home Edition in DC

DSC_0738.JPG by WGTS 91.9 Morning Show.ABC is in town filming their show, Extreme Makeover Home Edition.  It’s the biggest build they’ve ever attempted.  They have 2 different sites.  A home in Hyattsville, Maryland and a 7,000 sqf school called “The Fishing School” in NE Washington D.C.

Yesterday afternoon we went out to the DC site to get a peak at what’s going on.  We were like kids in a candy shop!  Watching the framers put up the walls, watching the designers do take after take for a show segment, and getting a sneak peak of the “Art World” where they do some of the special projects.  The fish (pictured left) will be inside the new school!  We were amazed at the kindness and community that was displayed to us. We were welcomed with open arms.  We even got to speak with one of the designers, Paul Dimeo!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW

Here is a video of Amanda at the site watching Designer/Carpenter Ed Sanders film.

Volunteer, Donate, Spectator Information Here!

Here is Brennan at the site:

We are desperately in need of these remaining goods and materials for the two builds — and time is of the essence! If you can help us, please call Mike Baker of Burch Builders Group at 301-367-3133. This is a list of what we need:

100 ft of aluminum or vinyl flashing
2200 squares of cedar breather or equivalent
1800 sq ft of 15lb felt
350 ft of 24″ silt fence
interior trim ( base and casing)
Plexi-glass company
20 3/4″ Mdf
30 3/4″ finish ply
10 1/2″ finish ply
40 2x4x8
15 2x6x10
(New) Furniture Company
(New) Kids¹ Furniture Company
Wallpaper Hangers (5-10)
Specialty Lighting Company
Specialty Carpenters
CNC Router
New Toys
Books – can be new or used
(New) Sporting Goods Store
(New) Mattress Company
Computers (1-3 laptops)
UPHOLSTERER
OFFICE SUPPLIES
LIGHTING COMPANY (LAMPS, OFFICE DESK LIGHTING)
FUN COLORFUL ART PIECES (paintings, framed photography, prints etc send link to photo only to be considered)
BOARD GAMES
LARGE OFFICE COPIER
LARGE OFFICE POSTAL METER
2 WOODEN PICNIC TABLES
UPRIGHT PIANO

Here is Amanda filming Designer/Carpenter Ed Sanders….filming for ABC.

About the Tripp family

Nikema aka “Tripp” (age 31), Tamara Tripp (age 30), and sons Micah (age 5), Ethan (age 3) and Aaden (age 9 months). More than three decades ago, “Tripp” Tripp’s father ran a bus ministry for the Woodland Baptist Church, hoping to make his rough neighborhood a better place. Now a generation later, Tripp and Tamara are continuing a family tradition of service and generosity. About 40 kids each week more than 90 children on holidays board the bus for fun and safe activities that have ranged from bowling on a Friday night to flower arranging for Mother’s Day. Tripp, an electrician, and Tamara, a teacher’s aide, serve as Bus Captain and Project Coordinator respectively.

More importantly, Tripp and Tamara have taken on the role of mentors to many of these children who often look for a sympathetic ear outside their home. The Tripps give of themselves lovingly – but their generosity has its costs. Since their church cannot afford to fund the activities provided by the “Big Blue Bus,” the Tripps pick up the tab. Earning only modest salaries from their regular jobs, they have little left over to repair the crumbling 900-square-foot, two-bedroom, one bathroom house they share with their three young sons.

About The Fishing School:

In 1990, The Fishing School, a youth and family support organization, was created. But the story didn’t start there. Tom Lewis, TFS’s founder, was born in Chadbourn, North Carolina, the sixth of 15 children. His mother, Martha, picked cotton, and his father, Gaston, worked in a sawmill. Lewis dropped out of school after tenth grade and, like most of his siblings, left home. He found work as a migrant farm laborer picking fruits and vegetables in Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Florida. In 1959 Lewis moved to New York, was drafted into the U.S. Army, and was stationed in France.

He eventually achieved his dream of joining the Metropolitan Police Department and spent 18 years in the Officer Friendly program visiting classrooms throughout the D.C. public school system to counsel students and to teach good citizenship, drug abstinence, and safety. His dedication and commitment to children was evident. Lewis was frequently overwhelmed when he visited classrooms and witnessed the poverty and desperation exhibited by the students. He tried to set an example for students by having earlier earned his GED and eventually earning a college degree.

In 1986, Lewis retired from the police department and a few years later in 1989 he dedicated himself to serving those children he’d met along the way as Officer Friendly. He decided to convert a rental property that he had purchased in a drug infested northeast Washington, D.C. neighborhood into a family support center. He spent the next nearly two decades proving that if one man stands up, he can truly make a difference. The Fishing School programs have gone on to reach over 2,500 students and their parents in under-served communities throughout the District of Columbia.

Spectator Information

Spectators are welcome August 24th to the 29th from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Washington D.C. Build Site

Ride the Metro to the Minnesota Avenue Station and walk to the Spectator Area (look for signage)

Maryland Build Site

Take the Metro to the New Carrollton Station and walk to the Spectator Area (look for signage). On Saturday, August 29th ONLY, park or metro to the New Carrollton Station and walk or ride the shuttle bus to the spectator area. Time of Reveal to be determined.

How you can help

They are desperately in need of these remaining goods and materials for the two builds — and time is of the essence! If you can help, please call Mike Baker of Burch Builders Group at 301-367-3133. This is a list of what they need:

100 ft of aluminum or vinyl flashing
2200 squares of cedar breather or equivalent
1800 sq ft of 15lb felt
350 ft of 24″ silt fence
interior trim ( base and casing)
Plexi-glass company
20 3/4″ Mdf
30 3/4″ finish ply
10 1/2″ finish ply
40 2x4x8
15 2x6x10
(New) Furniture Company
(New) Kids¹ Furniture Company
Wallpaper Hangers (5-10)
Specialty Lighting Company
Specialty Carpenters
CNC Router
New Toys
Books – can be new or used
(New) Sporting Goods Store
(New) Mattress Company
Computers (1-3 laptops)
Upholsterer
Office Supplies
Lighting Company (Lamps, Office Desk Lighting)
Fun Colorful Art Pieces (paintings, framed photography, prints etc send link to photo only to be considered)
Large Office Copier
Large Office Postal Meter
Board Games
2 Wooden Picnic Tables
Upright Piano

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