Blue Ridge Log Cabins featured on ‘Extreme Makeover’ premiere

Published 5:57 pm Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It’s official; the ninth season premiere of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airing Sunday, Sept. 25 will feature Blue Ridge Log Cabins of Campobello.
Blue Ridge CEO Chip Smith said crafting the episode’s home meant more than putting hammer to nail on a frame.
“This project is much more than just the construction of one home. It has become a calling for me personally and the entire Blue Ridge Log Cabins team, and I am certain that viewers will be as touched as I was by the story of the Jubilee House and by the larger issue of homelessness among our countryʼs veterans,” Smith said.
The special two-hour premiere will chronicle Blue Ridge Log Cabinsʼ build in Fayetteville, N.C.
This particular home was constructed for Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House, a shelter for displaced female veterans. A 15-year Navy veteran, Barbara Marshall, used her own money, to establish the Jubilee House for homeless female veterans. The shelter not only provides a safe place to rest their heads, but also support and services such as life coaching.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” selected Marshall and Jubilee House for the series because the two-bedroom cottage she purchased for the shelter limited the amount of good she could do. She simply needed more space.
Most of the construction of the new Jubilee House took place at Blue Ridge Log Cabinsʼ facility in Campobello. The home was then transported in 13 sections to the building site, where it was completed in about 106 hours.
“This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Blue Ridge Log Cabins,” Smith said. “The demands of this build and the unique needs of this home presented us with a challenge unlike any we had ever faced. The success of this project truly is a testament to the talents of the employees of Blue Ridge Log Cabins. It was a team effort from start to finish.”
Also making a special appearance on the show will be First Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama participated in the episode about the rebuilding of the shelter as part of her Joining Forces initiative, which is designed to highlight the plight of military families.

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