Victor Marrero is a single father of five sons. He has a bad heart condition, has suffered serious heart attacks and has been laid off twice in the last few years. He is currently disabled, leaving the family in a huge financial squeeze and with a home that's falling apart. They're a hard working, loving family whose only hope of survival is each other. All five sons have been working hard in attempt to help their father, but the income isn't enough. Their home has rats, holes, barely any electricity or heat, un-insulated walls and a back door that doesn't lock. The six family members have to share one bathroom, and the five boys sleep on three mattresses.
In a city infested with drugs, crime and the highest poverty rate in the U.S., the Marrero family is a beacon of light and hope whose story was told on ABC's 20/20. Despite all of their hardships, they continue to make their community a better place. Victor began a program for single fathers called "Single Fathers of Camden." Most importantly, he has managed to keep all of his sons out of gangs in a drug trafficking and crime stricken neighborhood. Steven Marrero, 15, works as a mentor at an after-school program called Urban Promise; Ethan Marrero, 16, hopes to follow in his brother's footsteps and become a mentor as well. On this episode of EMHE, Ty and the team will relieve some of the stress on Victor's heart and give back to this family by providing them a new and safe home. And while Ty and the designers, local builder J.S. Hovnanian & Sons and hundreds of volunteers and workers rebuild their home in just seven days, the Marrero family will go on an Adventure by Disney to Spain.
This season every episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is going green by incorporating eco-friendly, low-energy and recyclable resources in the builds. On "Marrero Family," all exterior products of the home are comprised of renewable and recyclable resources. The home's new siding is both beautiful and durable, while also reducing the use of paint on the exterior.