Sarah Scarrow and her children, Nikko, Levi and Teara, are packing up their possessions so that the Extreme Home Repair crews can start work on their home renovation on May 8.

Aldergrove’s ‘Extreme Home Repair’ family is ‘over the moon’

Sarah Scarrow and her children are "over the moon" with excitement over being selected as this year's recipient of the Extreme Home Repair

Sarah Scarrow and her children are “over the moon” with excitement over being selected as this year’s recipient of the Extreme Home Repair (EHR).

Sarah is a single, working mother but despite the challenges of trying to update and repair their old full-size “B.C. Box” house on their own she says she, “still thought there are more needy people out there. I’m against complaining and there are people who have no home, but now all of a sudden we’re going to have a nice house.”

This will be the 13th year for the Extreme Home Repair, a non-profit outreach program performed by the Aldergrove Adventist Church’s “Acts of Kindness” team (AOK).

Established in 2004, the Extreme Home Repair project annually transforms the home of a local individual or family facing difficult circumstances related to their housing and resources.

The project brings together over 200 volunteers, dozens of community-minded businesses, friends, family, and neighbours, to give the selected recipients a fresh start in a safe and comfortable environment.

Pastor Mike Dauncey leads the EHR team and personally visits all the nominees to help select the recipients each year.

“We tour their homes, hear their stories and discuss what needs to be done, sometimes more than once and Sarah is a single mom who needs help, she doesn’t have the means to do all that’s needed because she works full-time,” said Dauncey.

“All three of her kids are adopted and she has a huge heart to do this, putting others first before herself. She thinks of others more than herself.”

Sarah’s family was interviewed three times before Dauncey knocked on their door a couple weeks ago to give them the good news.

“I answered the door and said, ‘Mom, you better get down here’ because he’s carrying flowers,” said Levi, the youngest son.

Sarah’s daughter, Teara, smiled in agreement, adding that, “I knew we were selected when he came back a third time.”

The urgent work on the Scarrow home includes new windows, drywall, insulation, electrical updating and finishing the basement, but there are many extras thrown in by the EHR team of volunteers and donors.

New flooring, furnishings, cabinets and appliances are also part of the plan.

Removal of old clutter has already begun, with the unwanted contents of the garage and backyard piled into a disposal bin last week.

“They also said I should decide what furniture to toss and I said I’d have to look at my budget for replacement,” said Sarah.

“They said ‘You don’t get it, do you?’ They are going to replace all the old furniture (unless there was anything she wanted to keep for its sentimental value).”

Aldergrove Mini Storage is donating a locker for the family’s prized possessions while the work is done.

The AOK team is also funding the family’s stay in a local hotel while the transformation takes place, as well as a kennel for their two cats for the two weeks.

“It’s going to be somewhere local so I can drive to work at the warehouse,” noted Nikko, the oldest son.

“Yes,” agreed Sarah. “I have to get to Abbotsford for my job for one of the weeks, but I do get one week off work. But we’ve agreed not to even be on our street for those 16 days while they work on our house.”

The “big reveal” takes place on Victoria Day, Monday, May 23, and usually upwards of 200 people people attend to cheer the family’s arrival and tour the house with the family.

Dauncey says the EHR teams are in place with experienced leaders ready to do their jobs, and the recruitment of volunteer workers is beginning.

“Many of our volunteers are taking their vacation time to do this, and donors of materials are ready to go too,” said Dauncey. “We’re never worried about it.”

Many of the volunteers include past recipients of the EHR program on their own homes — and Sarah says she plans to do so herself in future years.

“One of the women who volunteered said she was inspired by the look on the face of the family who had their home made over,” said Sarah.

If you would like to help with this year’s project, phone Pastor Dauncey at 778-549-3896 or email extremehomevolunteer@gmail.com. The website is https://www.facebook.com/AOKExtremeHomeRepair

 

Just Posted

Halloween on horseback

Langley riders club celebrates the season

ELECTION 18: Langley Township, you chose Jack Froese for mayor

Township voters went with a familiar face, handing incumbent a third term as mayor

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Who won and who didn’t in the Lower Mainland votes

A look at the region’s mayoral races, starting with Doug McCallum coming back to win in Surrey

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Kennedy Stewart challenged with building bridges as mayor of Vancouver: expert

The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

Most Read