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Hebert Family On Extreme Makeover Home Edition

January 22, 2006 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon

"Hebert Family" — When Eric Hebert of Sandpoint, ID got the unexpected call a year ago that his sister had died, leaving her twin children orphaned, he stepped up to the plate in a big way by becoming instant father to his niece and nephew. Now it’s Ty and the gang’s turn to step up to the plate in their "extreme" way by turning a rundown house into a home that will preserve the meaning of family and help rebuild lives on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," SUNDAY, JANUARY 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Eric was living life as a bachelor in Montana and saw his family in Idaho about once a year. However that all changed when, in 2004, his 37-year-old sister, Francine Hebert, became the third person in his family to die of a heart attack; both his parents had passed away when he was only a teen. Knowing that his eight-year-old niece and nephew could possibly end up in the foster-care system, he packed up his belongings, moved to Idaho and became an instant-father to the twins, Keeley and Kyler.

When Eric arrived in Idaho to take custody of Keeley and Kyler, he could not believe what he found; the twins and their mother had been living in a rundown trailer. At the time he took custody of the kids, all he could afford was a "Berm House," which is essentially a daylight basement with a roof on it. A construction worker by trade, Eric and the kids lived in a tent on the property for months while he worked hard to turn their shack into a three-bedroom house. Still, living underground isn’t easy; their "house" is also home to many species of insects, such as, bees, ants and spiders! Eric’s dream is to build them a home to finally be proud of, but since he’s now busy parenting the twins, he doesn’t have the time or money to make it happen! In this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", this bachelor turned instant father will get much-needed help in achieving his dream for his new kids!

While the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers, along with the Sullivan Homes, are building a new house for the Hebert family in a remarkable seven days, the family enjoys a vacation in the Bahamas.

The design team for this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis, Eduardo Xol, Michael Moloney and Ed Sanders.

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  1. Pam Chenoweth Says:
    January 23rd, 2006 at 12:19 am

    I just watched the home makeover show about the Hebert Family. I was so touched by Eric’s unselfish act. I could relate to his story in many ways, as I am raising my younger sisters 3 children. I’m also a single parent now, and can understand the struggles he’s faced.
    Like Eric, I don’t consider myself a hero, it was the right thing to do.

  2. Anonymous Says:
    January 27th, 2006 at 11:39 am

    God Bless U for being such a caring, giving person…..a rarity in this life, in my opinion.

    KUDOS 2 U…….

  3. Read the Bonner county Daily Bee Says:
    February 20th, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    Eric was arrested for open container, ETOH level over the limit, and drugs. Nice guy, sure I’d want him to take care of my kids, not!

    ‘Makeover’ recipient awaiting trial
    Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006 – 09:03:06 am PST
    By KEITH KINNAIRD
    News editor
    SANDPOINT — The recipient of a televised home makeover is set to stand trial on a series of misdemeanor charges.

    Eric James Hebert is scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 23 on charges of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, possessing an open container of alcohol while driving and failing to register his vehicle.

  4. desiree Says:
    November 28th, 2007 at 2:20 am

    People make mistakes. I’ve heard of so many ‘good’ people who have DUIs and nobody would doubt their parenting skills. Don’t knock this man for taking on what some people couldn’t. I think its unfair that people don’t think he should’ve gotten help, because of that man and the show those kids have a warm home and they are not in foster care.

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