KNOXVILLE - A Knoxville couple who run a non-profit to help low-income single mothers with housing have been chosen to get a big helping hand from the ABC-TV program "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".
Daniel and Mandy Watson got the door-knock notice this morning from the program's cast.
Over the next seven days or so, teams of volunteers will give the Watsons and their three children a new home.
According to a news release this morning, the Watsons five years ago decided to create The Restoration House of East Tennessee, which provides single mothers housing at a local apartment complex. It also offers mentoring and advocacy to help women in such situations become self-sufficient.
Restoration House is helping five single mothers and 11 children, according to the release.
People chosen for the home makeover often live in a house in such bad shape that their own health and wellbeing suffers. The Watson house is poorly insulated, with a crumbling foundation and falling ceilings.
It's "in such bad shape that it threatens to take them away from their non-profit and imperils their dreams of expanding the program to help even more single moms," today's release states.
The Watsons adopted Atley, 7, and Ava, 6, as newborns from single Knoxville mothers. They also have a son, Silas, 2, who they adopted from Ethiopia.
Volunteers from the Knoxville community will help with the build.
Residents chosen for a home build typically get a brand-new house, after their old one is demolished.
The program is expected to air later this year, perhaps in November.
More details as they develop online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel.
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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