This season, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be traveling all across America to build homes for families in the 50 states. Near or far, east or west, there's no place the team won't go to help a family in need. On their first stop they're heading all the way up to North Pole, Alaska, to help Betsy Rogers, a single mother who has spent her life caring for her 13-member family and others.
The large Rogers family are well-known in their community for their selfless attitudes and strong morals. All the children excel in everything they do, whether it's sports or academics. Betsy was raised in a bi-racial family, and later married into a bi-racial marriage; as a result, she strives to teach her family and community about diversity and respect for others. A well known and much respected figure throughout the community, Betsy is a team mother for both the football and wrestling teams and a second mom to most of the kids in the area. She has passed her selfless values on to her children; her two eldest sons, Christopher and Jonathan, went on a two-week mission trip in Honduras to help build homes for those who live in worse conditions than even they could imagine.
But the Rogers family has recently fallen on hard times. Shortly after Betsy's marriage ended, leaving the family in a difficult financial situation, her brother had kidney failure and began dialysis treatments. Despite her family's already difficult living conditions, Betsy immediately invited her brother and his three children to move in with her family.
The newly-increased family of thirteen is crammed into the Rogers' current two-bedroom home. The tiny house is literally falling apart around them: Walls are separating from each other, windows are cracked and broken, the house has no foundation and the front door doesn't lock and can't even stay shut. Worst of all, the water heater only supplies enough heat for one warm shower and the house is without insulation - these problems can create major health threats when the temperature gets as low as minus sixty degrees in the Alaskan winter.