Season 3 | Episode 321 | Aired 04/01/2006
Sadie Holmes and her family of Altamonte Springs, FL, received the remarkable news that their hurricane damaged home will be renovated in seven days thanks to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,
For years Sadie Holmes battled addiction, but she eventually won that battle and turned her life around. Sadie's community, having witnessed this, reached out to her and began to donate food, clothing and furniture, which allowed her to make a brand new start. Soon the donations became more than Sadie and her family needed, however, so she started donating them to others in need. These actions led to the creation of the first non-profit in their community, Sadie Holmes Help Services, Inc. Although the organization was initially run out of the Holmes' house, in 2003 Sadie and her children made the decision to move into a rented apartment so they could have more room for the rapidly increasing donations.
Sadie doesn't pay herself for her work but instead supports herself and her children out of minimal child support. She really believes that her purpose in life is to run this organization and help others in need. She teaches these values to her children, and their goal is to build a home large enough so that they can live and run the non-profit out of the same building. A longer-term goal is to build a halfway house for recovering drug addicts so they don't have to go back to the streets.
But then came Hurricane Charley, which badly damaged the Holmes' house. Without the money to fix it, they lost their insurance. The house was damaged further by a fire in 2005; with no insurance and no means to fix things, the Holmes are really stuck. Somehow Sadie continues to run the non-profit out of that home and continues to rent a separate space for her family.
The generosity and determination of this woman and her children will pay off when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,along with local builder Mercedes Homes, pull together to give them the home they deserve. While the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are transforming the Holmes' house into a dream home, they will go to Disneyland for vacation.
The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo, Preston Sharp, Ed Sanders and Tanya McQueen.