OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Two families lives were forever changed after receiving news that they were selected to have a new home built for them by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The Barobi family received the news on Friday, Aug. 9, and the Mayo family was told on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Later this week, the two families will come home and say the iconic phrase, “Move That Bus” — revealing the new place they’ll call home.
Local builders and volunteers are working 24 hours a day along with the Extreme team to make the Barobi and Mayo families dreams come true.
Picture updates of the homes’ construction process will be posted as they become available.
Home 1 and the Barobi’s story: A refugee family from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Barobis escaped to Uganda where they were later selected to come to the United States with their aunt and her daughter. The family has endured much hardship including watching rebels murder their parents and little sister.
Home 2 and the Mayos: In 2016, a small tornado hit the Mayos neighborhood and a tree crashed onto the roof of the house — damaging the home internally and externally. Their insurance company paid for the exterior repairs but left the family to pay for a broken sewer and water line. Every time the Mayos shower or do laundry, the basement floods. Both mother and daughter, Kelly and Michelle, are working hard to meet the expenses of everyday life and to support their 7-year-old daughter and granddaughter, Haylee.
To watch builders and volunteers work around the clock to build the Barobi and Mayo homes, view the maps below.
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