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Extreme Makeover Home Edition Rebuilds Home Damaged By Hurricane Katrina

March 23, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality

Bob D'Amico

This week Extreme Makeover Home Edition pays a visit to Mobile, Alabama to rebuild a home owned by the Gaudet family. The Gaudet family consists of Stephen and Lydia Gaudet and their six boys.

Stephen is fifty-three years old and Lydia is forty-eight years old. The two have been married for twenty-seven years. Their six boys range in age from nine to twenty-two and are named Joseph, Christopher, Thomas, Patrick, Michael and Peter. Peter is the youngest at nine years old, and he has down’s syndrome.

Peter has inspired the Gaudet family to become involved in their community by helping to make sure that everyone has access to programming and resources that can better a person’s life. Lydia works for Easter Seals, teaches free parenting classes, and heads an adult literacy program. The entire Gaudet family helps with a camp for disabled youth and adults.

The Gaudet family home suffered damage during Hurricane Katrina and also during a small home fire. The Gaudet home has a leaky roof, a crumbling kitchen and a disastrous bathroom. After Hurricane Katrina, the Gaudet family thought of others first. The Gaudet boys helped neighbors clean their yards, and Lydia helped with disaster relief. Stephen was laid off from his job, so now the oldest two boys work full-time jobs to help out.

Ty Pennington, the designers, local builder Heritage Homes and the hundreds of volunteers will rebuild the Gaudet family home. The designers for this episode are Michael Moloney, Didiayer, Ed Sanders and John Littlefield.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition airs on Sunday, March 23 from 8 PM to 9 PM ET on ABC.

Photo Credit: Bob D’Amico

Topics: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition |

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