As part of her Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama participated in the episode featuring Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy Veteran, fighting to end homelessness among her fellow female veterans.
Barbara became passionately committed to her cause when she noticed that so many of our troops were living on the streets, this after risking their lives to protect their fellow Americans. Instead of just complaining about the situation, this formidable, no-nonsense woman decided to take action and established The Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House in Fayetteville, NC, using her own money. Jubilee House offers shelter, support and services such as mentoring and life coaching to homeless female veterans. Barbara’s life is dedicated to these women… they are her mission, her family, her passion. Unfortunately she can only do so much – Jubilee House needed additional space and resources to continue its work with the women.
…and that’s where Mrs. Obama, Ty Pennington and the “EM: HE” team of designers and community volunteers step in to help build the new Jubilee House!
As a military spouse, I know firsthand the sacrifice and commitment made by the men and women in uniform. Our military service members put their lives on the line to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans. So, it saddens me to know that an estimated 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.
This two hour season premier serves as another example of a nation mobilizing to help our veterans. The call to help military members and their families rings out all across the nation asking Americans to give back to those who serve in our military. Thank you, Mrs. Obama and ABC Television Network for shining the light on this issue.
The Season 9 premiere of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
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