Extreme Home Makeover Visits CRC Family

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Dirk and Susan DeVries will never forget the day the crew of the TV show Extreme Home Makeover arrived at their door in Albert Lea, Minn. The television show’s producers had selected the family for a home makeover.

The family had been encouraged to apply by fellow members of Hollandale (Minn.) Christian Reformed Church.

Betty Nienoord and Beverly Draayer, who cleaned the house and brought food to the family, believed the family needed a new home. Nienoord said that the old house had worn-out ceilings and a leaky roof and windows, among other challenges.

The De Vrieses have also battled health issues. Susan suffers from a heart condition that hinders her energy, and Dirk lost an arm in an accident.

The family was sent to Niagara Falls for a week, then the unveiling of their new home took place Oct. 7 amid a host of family, friends, laborers, and well-wishers.

“It was better than I could imagine,” Susan said. “It was such an emotional high. We absolutely love [the house].  It’s warm and welcoming. It feels like home already.”

The De Vrieses received many other items, including appliances; furniture; a full college scholarship for their daughter, April; and a pickup truck.

This episode is scheduled to air on December 7, 2008.

About the Author

Paul Delger is a long time professional writer and inspirational speaker to young people and lives in Kanawha, Iowa.