November 11, 2007 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
The Marrero family of Camden, NJ has been living without heat and with
insufficient electricity. Single father Victor Marrero has five sons.
Victor also has a bad heart condition and has suffered serious heart
attacks. To make matters worse, Victor has been laid off twice in the
last few years.
Because of Victor’s misfortune, the family is in a huge financial squeeze and living in a home that’s falling apart. All five sons are working in an effort to help their father, but the combined income still isn’t enough. Their home has rats, holes, and un-insulated walls. The lock on their back door doesn’t even work. Their also only one bathroom for all six family members, and the five boys have to share three mattresses.
The Marrero family lives in a city that has the highest poverty rate in the U.S. Despite all of their difficulties, the Marrero family actively works to make their community a better place. Victor started a program for single fathers called "Single Fathers of Camden." Steven Marrero, 15, works as a mentor at an after-school program called Urban Promise; Ethan Marrero, 16, hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps and become a mentor as well.
Ty Pennington and the designers, local builder J.S. Hovnanian & Sons and hundreds of volunteers and workers will rebuild the Marreo’s home in just seven days. While their home is being rebuilt, the Marrero family will go on an Adventure by Disney to Spain.
Like with every episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this season, there will be an eco-friendly, low-energy and recyclable resources used in the home build. For the Marrero family’s house, all exterior products of the home will be comprised of renewable and recyclable resources.
The design team for this episode features designers Paul DiMeo, Ed Sanders, Tanya McQueen and introducing new designer Rib Hillis. Extreme Makeover Home Edition airs on Sunday, November 11 from 8PM to 9PM ET on ABC.