Taylor Woodrow Homes and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Join Forces Again to Complete a Special El Segundo Family’s Home
IRVINE, Calif. — Partnering again with ABC’s hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Taylor Woodrow Homes will join a community of volunteers in El Segundo, Calif., who have stepped forward to help improve the lives of Bruce and Paulita Lewis. One year ago, this young couple took advantage of low interest rates to take out a loan to improve their 52-year-old home. What followed can only be described as their worst nightmare. Heavy winter rains caused the home’s unfinished roof to collapse and destroy the family’s possessions. The Lewis’ contractor, who had been recommended by a friend, abandoned the project with $44,000 of their money. Amidst this turmoil, and while the couple and their two kids shared a spare bedroom in a relative’s apartment, Paulita discovered a lump in her neck and was diagnosed with Stage IV Thymatic Carcinoma, a rare form of cancer.
As Paulita said: “It is hard to recover when you’re sleeping in a twin bed at your in-laws and your husband and children are sleeping on the floor next to you.” While the Lewises have struggled under financial strains from medical expenses, their friends and neighbors rallied to help them. For months, a group of approximately 20 dedicated volunteers have slowly moved to correct the home’s problems and complete the remodel on their own time and expense, but even these local resources are running out.
Taylor Woodrow Homes, a leading national homebuilder, has put together an “extreme” team to join Ty Pennington and his design team and help the community restore the dreams of this very deserving family. Starting on Sept. 6, more than 500 Taylor Woodrow employees and trade contractors will work shoulder to shoulder with the project’s original heroes around the clock until Sept. 13 when the remodel will be completed and presented to the family. Unlike most Extreme Makeovers that involve complete demolition of a home, the Lewis family presents a unique challenge. In addition to completing the remodel, designers are creating special additions that will provide Paulita a healing home where she can have her own space to recover.
“Taylor Woodrow has a genuine heart for service to the community,” said Tim McSunas, Taylor Woodrow Homes Southern California Division President. “Our Southern California Team wanted to take on this challenge as a tribute to the volunteers who have given so much of themselves. We were really inspired by their spirit and generosity. When you can give back by doing what you do everyday – that’s a great feeling.”
This will be the second Extreme project Taylor Woodrow has tackled this year. In February, the Western Region’s Arizona Team completed the show’s largest house (over 5,000 sq. ft.) for Cassandra Okvath and her family. Cassandra, who is recovering from cancer, had asked the show to makeover her children’s hospital, but Ty and the team surprised her by doing both the hospital and the family’s home.
“These stories really resonate with our teams, so many of us have struggled with friends and families who have been diagnosed,” said Mike Forsum, Taylor Woodrow’s Western Regional President. “There’s something healing about helping families you don’t even know, but by getting involved you become a part of each other’s lives. No one knows better than we do what a home does for a family.”
The company’s involvement with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is the latest in a list of efforts undertaken by Taylor Woodrow to reinforce its role as a community partner. At various levels, Taylor Woodrow also has made contributions to many other organizations, including: a $50,000 donation to HomeAid America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building shelters for the temporarily homeless; Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing; and the National Audubon Society, a non-profit organization working to protect birds, wildlife and their habitats.
About ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holdings. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive produced by Tom Forman. The show airs on Sundays (8-9 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
About Taylor Woodrow Homes
Taylor Woodrow Homes has many exciting new home communities throughout Southern California, including: Orange County (Cypress and Belcara at Pacific Ridge(TM) in Newport Coast); Riverside County (Ventana, Fairway and Azalea located at Dos Lagos in Corona; Cliffhaven in Corona Hills; and Carmela in La Quinta); Los Angeles County (Woodbury at the South Bay); and San Bernardino County (Gallery at Chino Hills; Carrigan Lane, Kensington and Ashland at The Colonies in Upland). For more information about Taylor Woodrow Homes’ extraordinary new-home neighborhoods, call 800-474-3222 or visit Taylorwoodrowhomes.com.
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