Extreme makeover: Volunteers renovate home for Aldergrove single mom

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John Colebourn, Brian Morton Sarah Scarrow and her children were selected to be the recipients of the Extreme Home Makeover, carried out under the auspices of the Church in the Valley. Sarah Scarrow and her children were selected to be the recipients of the Extreme Home Makeover, carried out under the auspices of the Church in the Valley. Photo by Troy Landreville / Langley Advance /PNG

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Monday was a very good day for Sarah Scarrow.

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The 47-year-old Aldergrove single mom, whose paycheck is mostly used to pay her mortgage, came to her house with her three adopted children at 5 p.m. on Monday to find a completely renovated home along with a brand new ancillary suite that she now has Can rent out to pay the bills.

Scarrow, who works full-time, is the newest homeowner to have received a massive home renovation courtesy of the Church in the Valley.

“I’m overwhelmed,” said Scarrow of her home, which was upgraded with the help of approximately 200 volunteers through the church’s nonprofit Acts of Kindness Extreme Home Makeover team. “This is beyond anything I could dream of. My broken house is beautiful. “Thank you” just seems far too inappropriate. My children have a home that looks more than beautiful. “

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Scarrow’s 18-year-old son Nikko was also very happy with his new home. “It’s pretty amazing. The transformation is ‘wow’. In my new room all the walls are solid and I now have electricity. It’s overwhelming. “

Church in the Valley, a Seventh-day Adventist church, has been running the home improvement program for 13 years, said Pastor Mike Dauncey, spokesman for Acts of Kindness.

“We usually choose a house that is in dire need of renovation,” he says of the projects they are taking on. Typically, a home renovation costs between $ 150,000 and $ 250,000, Dauncey said.

The crew who worked on the repair of Scarrow’s house were from the church and local community, Dauncey said.

It took about 15 working days to complete the upgrade, which was carried out by about 100 volunteers from the Church and 100 from the local ward.

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Dauncey said they get people nominating families for the free renovation and then visit them all year round. In the past 13 years the church has been involved in 16 house renovations.

“We have a process where people can nominate a family and we visit those families to hear their stories,” he said. “We want to have the greatest impact, so we combine the story and the need.”

During the renovation, Scarrow and her children lived in a suite in Langley.

“Last year we made a house wheelchair accessible because (one person) was disabled,” added Dauncey. “It’s about helping those most in need.”

Dauncey said they came up with the idea of ​​Extreme Home Makeover and their mandate is the Langley-Aldergrove region.

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Of Scarrow’s house, he added, “We filed a lawsuit to get her to make an additional $ 900 a month (rent). There are brand new windows, a brand new stove / heating system, a complete rewiring of the house, new floors, interior doors and a brand new driveway.

“It’s really amazing to see a group of people from the community come together and do something good for those in need. It is a powerful demonstration of humanity. “

Commenting on her new suite, Scarrow said, “The suite is beautiful and will help with the mortgage.”

He said there were 85 construction sponsors this year, including some of the key contributors including Aquiform Distributors Ltd., Langley Decorating Center – Benjamin Moore, Centra Windows, Nufloors – Langley / Pontek Corporation, Burton Architectural Moldings, Dryco, Genesis Restorations, Power Pros Electric, All-in-Order Suites (who donated accommodation for the family), and Steve’s Custom Home Lighting.

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