Season 3 | Episode 325 | Aired 05/06/2006
Winston Peter, a Hindu priest, and his family from Jamaica, NY, received the answer to their prayers when they were given the good news that they'll receive a renovated and beautiful new home in just seven days, thanks to the team of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Winston and Hardai Peter left their homeland of Guyana in 1996 and struggled long and hard to make a new home for their family in America. They were on their way to achieving the American dream when tragedy struck. In December of 2004, their tri-level colonial house burst into flames, depriving them not only of their home but all their possessions. Penniless and without other recourse, the Peters were forced to move back into their burned out house.
They've since been living in a home without heat or hot water, and with very little electricity. They have to boil water whenever they need to bathe and have to cook on a makeshift propane stove. To make the house seem livable, Winston and his boys use whatever money they get to cover broken windows with plastic and wood, and hang sheet rock and drywall to cover up any holes from the fire damage. Winston feels as though he's let his family down, as he cannot provide them with a proper home. But as a priest, he doesn't make enough money to repair or replace his house.
In this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the design team heads to Queens to help this family rise above ashes so they may live out their American dream in their new American dream home! In addition, some special guest stars drop by and lend a helping hand: Michael Moloney drops by the set of "All My Children" to enlist the aid of star Susan Lucci in decorating a secret room for one of the family members. And romance expert/model Fabio offers his expertise to the EM Home designers on matters of the home and heart, while some NYC firefighters run "fireproofing" tests on the house and give Tanya McQueen a tour of Ground Zero.
While the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team, local builder Alure Home Improvement, contractors and hundreds of workers and volunteers are building a new house for the Peter family, the family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.
The design team for this episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature team leader Ty Pennington, Ed Sanders, Tanya McQueen, Michael Moloney and Eduardo Xol.