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Cornerstone SDA Church has a program called The HomeTeam.

Our team is passionate about helping others and enhancing lives by providing home repairs for families in extreme need. Our goal is to accomplish at least one extreme makeover project each year, valued at $150,000 to $250,000. Nominations are accepted for deserving families with homes in need of repair. Selected recipients receive a home makeover by a large team of professional and amateur volunteers, free of charge. Major issues are addressed and resolved, and when time and resources allow, interior decorating is included. The vast majority of home improvements are made possible by donations of materials and labour by local businesses and contractors.

The team kicks the family out for a week and fixes the home. And today was the big "reveal" of the Coquitlam home of Elvira, a single mother who has had more than her fair share of difficulty.

Elvira is mother of three children [aged 12, 15 and 22]. She is also the brave survivor of a stroke (2008) and breast cancer (2011). Those years of fighting are not over; recently, she has additionally been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and diabetes. During these years of prolonged illness, the family unit struggled to find their way through the confusion, and as a result, general upkeep, maintenance, and cleaning of their home have proven overwhelming. 

While Elvira has done some things to try to care for the family house (e.g., new windows), the family home needs immediate attention in order to provide properly plumbed and working bathrooms. Furthermore, there had been an attempt to renovate the family’s kitchen, but the project was never completed, leaving the kitchen in a completely unworkable situation. The exterior of the home has been damaged by wildlife and needs to be repaired. In addition, they have suffered numerous leaks that have resulted in water damage and mould.

The team transformed the home, and you could see how appreciative this family is. What a great project! Thank you, Cornerstone SDA Church! Thank you, donors and volunteers! :-)

Photos and article by Richard Stewart

The HomeTeam 7-day Extreme Home Makeover  

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