As a struggling widow of three daughters, Roseanne Dore is no stranger to hardship. The family was dealt a tremendous blow when their Kingston, Washington home, originally built by Roseanne and her husband, burned to the ground in March 2004. Following the devastating news of the fire, Roseanne found out that their home insurance policy lapsed when their agent retired. The structure was uninhabitable. While figuring out what to do, Roseanne moved her three daughters into a half-built, backyard utility shed that had no plumbing, electricity or running water.
While living in the makeshift shelter, Roseanne’s daughters—Jessica, 21, Sarah, 17 and Aariel, 13—went to friends’ houses to shower. The entire family was stuck using an old doorless outhouse on the two-and-a-half acre property. One of the family’s only wishes for their new home was to have indoor plumbing and bedrooms.When not cooking on an outdoor propane camp stove, these ladies took inside to the shed to prepare food. Despite the absence of plumbing or electricity, Roseanne and her daughters still made the half-built shed their home and would invite family over for dinners.
Roseanne, who works as the cafeteria server at the local elementary school and is a Girl Scout leader, donates her property to the local Girl Scouts for campouts and outdoor excursions. Here the girls learned how to set up tents and survive in the outdoors.
The EM:HE team, hundreds of workers from national builder Centex Homes, HomeAid America and its local chapter, HomeAid Seattle Metro and volunteers from naval bases in Bermerton and Everett, Washington built a grand home from the ashes and rubble in just seven days. During that time the Dore family enjoyed a vacation at Disney World.