Extreme Home Makeover Calgary's own Extreme Home Makeover
This is not a TV show where the makeover was done for profit and ratings. Rona Building Materials, suppliers, contractors and trades banned together donating their time and materials to help a single mother of four. It took two months to demolish the old house and re-build the new one.
In Spring of 2011 Alberta Siding Projects was proud to install Soffit and Fascia on the Extreme Home Makeover - Calgary home for the Morrisey family. This project was spearheaded by Kerry Wiebe of The Christian Contractor in Calgary. ASP discovered there was a family in need and wanted to help.
July is the month of camping, Canada Day and the Calgary Stampede. Time to relax, soak up the sun (hopefully) and celebrate everything that makes this country—and our own city—such a great place to live.
So, what do you think is great about Canada?
Out of a small group of university students, Ken immediately answered the question: "Freedom."Bronwyn was impressed with "free health care."Another young woman was glad she had the chance to play rugby: "So many countries, women can't participate in whatever they choose."
Pose the question to any person on the street and the answers are as diverse as our citizens: The forests. The mountains. The changing beauty all across this vast land mass. The strong banking system. Our polite manner. A valiant history. Educational prowess. Recreational options. Tim Horton's. Hockey. Multiculturalism. Volunteerism. Our natural resources.
However, across all age groups in all economic levels, the question was most frequently answered with one word: "People."Of course, we're talking about people who contribute.
Hard-working, honest, law-abiding citizens and immigrants contribute in every corner of this country, from entrepreneurs to corporate office workers; from healthcare providers to teachers; from blue-collar workers to artists. Beyond the workplace, almost half of us also volunteer our time and 84 per cent donate financially to a non-profit or charitable organization. But Calgary has something special: over 71 per cent of us volunteer an average of 15 hours per month, far higher than the 46 per cent national average.
This house, built by volunteers and businesses who donated all the building materials and labour was an idea started by contractor Kerry Wiebe.
The great strength of this city is the hard-working people who actively donate their time and resources to make positive change for others. People like Kerry Wiebe, the Christian contractor spearheading an extreme home makeover for the Morrisey family.
"We selected this family as they are in extreme need, but in their need they still give."Wiebe said. "If we are able to help them with their home, they will be able to reach out to many others that need a little love."
The Morrisey's house was in such poor condition, it was cheaper to rebuild than repair.On May 5, the demolition began and as of June 12, the new house is standing, the roof is on and windows are in.
Wiebe's company has been a supporter of "Cornerstone of Hope"(Rainbows of Hope), a not-for-profit company providing counselling for single parent families going through loss due to death or divorce, and helping them thrive in the face of adversity.
Rebuilding a house requires an entire village of individual volunteers, companies and suppliers contributing time and resources. Wiebe says without this he would never be able to help fix the situation.
"Many are quick to send money to very worthy causes in other countries, flood victims, hurricane victims, starving children, and poverty,"Wiebe said. While those are worthy causes, "our team wants to do the same in our own back yard."
July is the month to celebrate Canada Day, Calgary Stampede and conclude work on the Morrisey house. What's so great about Canada? People like you. The Christian community making a difference in Calgary, one family at a time.
We would like to thank you for your part in making not just a house but a home. This home is stunning! Your effort is greatly appreciated, Words cannot express how wonderful, living in this house. Your consideration, time and resources mean so much.
You are truly amazing! We are speechless for your thoughtfulness; it's more than we could have ever hoped for. We have only been in our home a short period of time and it astonishes us, the laughter and delight that resonate through it. It is still surprising us that there is no need to improvise. For the first time we are now able to look forward to the changing seasons, with anticipation instead of dread. We have discovered exciting and new wonders around every corner and cupboard.
Thank you for all your hard work and effort. We are in awe of all that went into this home and the many people who labored with kindness, and came together to create this home. Words can truly not express our heartfelt gratitude what you have done for us. This is truly a testimony of God's love. May you be blessed in all that you do, may God bless you for your generosity. Thank you so much for giving us joy, hope, peace, laughter, and a new beginning.
With grateful hearts,
Cheryl, Bernice, Cassandra, Delcia and Emberlynn
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Alberta Siding Projects believes in giving back to the community. The Home Makeover was an opportunity for ASP to get involved in doing that. Although it's a great and worthy cause, our intent is not to promote "Extreme Home Makeovers" but to promote helping others. Building a new home for someone who doesn't already have one would naturally require a piece of property to be donated, and if this is not possible then another Extreme Home Makeover would be the next logical option. We also applaud organizations and movements like Habitate for Humanity and Build it Forward. We would love to get involved in building a house for someone who doesn't already own a house and just could use a helping hand. Anything is possible.