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POSTED: September 19, 2011 8:00 p.m.
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Barbara Marshall and her family received a new 5,000-square-foot home July 21, courtesy of the ABC reality series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

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WASHINGTON — Several months ago, the producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” started spreading the word about their search for people involved in the military to feature on the show’s upcoming
season.
 They got a huge response and selected a Navy veteran for a home makeover. A few months ago in Fayetteville, N.C., hundreds of volunteers built Barbara Marshall a new 5,000-square-foot home. The three-story home, dubbed the Jubilee House, serves as a shelter and resource center for homeless female veterans.
This episode — which also features a special visit by First Lady Michelle Obama — will kick off the show’s ninth season Sept. 25.
With that episode ready to air, the show’s producers once again are seeking people involved with the military to feature in upcoming episodes.
The producers are looking for people with “amazing strength of character and who put their own needs aside to help others,” they said in a news release. “Whether it’s a soldier, a mom, a teacher or a fireman, we think deserving families are families who inspire those around them.”
Additionally, the show’s producers are seeking families whose houses need major alterations or “homes that present serious problems for the family and affect the family’s quality of life.”
To be eligible, families must own their single-family home and be able to demonstrate how a makeover will make a difference in their lives.
Rather than apply through the normal channels, interested military families or people who wish to nominate a military family can email a short description of the family’s story directly to Jackie Topacio, casting producer, at jax@emhe.tv. Topacio said she wants to make sure she reads every story submitted.
The deadline for nominations is Sept. 29. The email should include the names and ages of household members, a description of the family’s challenges, an explanation of why the family is deserving of a makeover or is a positive role model in the community, photos of the family and their home and contact numbers.
For more information on the application process, go to http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index?pn=apply.

 

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