Saturday, January 21, 2012

Extreme Makeover Home Edition San Antonio

Very late on Monday night John and I got to go volunteer at the EMHE build site.


The build site




The Harris Family in Floresville, TX are the recipients. Shilo Harris was in Irag and suffered injuries from an IED. His face was melted away and he had burns on over 40% of his body. The couple now works with the Wounded Warrior Project and Shilo is a motivational speaker. (source)

Since it was very early on in the process, they announced to the family on Saturday and on Sunday night at 1 am poured the foundation, there wasn't a lot for us to do.


We went in and swept the garage and kitchen area half a dozen times.

The guys would jump at the opportunity to carry ANYTHING into the home.


Mainly we tried to clean and stay out of the way of people that were holding very heavy nail guns and saws above your head.


We also picked up loads of trash, scrap wood and helped serve the 10pm meal.

During the time we were there, we saw an entire roof go on the house and saw all the windows and doors installed.



Since volunteering I've been staying up to date via Morgan's Wonderland, another great non-profit and the first non-profit to partner with EMHE. You can also follow their Facebook page where they've been documenting the process.

It's amazing to see how much has changed since we were there on Monday

(picture from the Mongan's Wonderland Facebook)

The big reveal is on Saturday evening and the show will air sometime in December (thus the red and green hard hats and many behind the scenes facts like relighting the Riverwalk and a trailer full of Christmas decorations).

It was so great to be apart of this and to contribute in some little way. It was announced on Thursday night that the show received money to do 10 additional houses for Wounded Warriors. I'm not sure if they will all be in the San Antonio area or not, but if so we'll make the effort to be a part of it again.


  1. That sounds really cool! It must have been fun to be a part of such a great experience!

  2. It is so awesome to hear/see such a good experience volunteering! I mostly heard negative things from people who volunteered here, so it's nice to hear something good!

  3. Lisa - it was a lot of fun!

    Mere - I haven't heard any negatives aside from a lot of people showed up to volunteer and then left because they wanted the free shirt. I will say it was VERY unorganized volunteer-wise the night we were there. We really had to jump in ourselves to do stuff. I know that there were a lot of volunteers on other days (one day there were 100+ and it wasn't enough) so I'm sure it was more organized then.

    The only other things that were suprising were the amount of waste - tons of construction materials (granted I'm not sure if they do something with them when they haul the dumpsters off) and there is absolutely no recyling. You'd think a show as big as that would do a little more.


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