Following devastating house fire that left Irvington, NJ family homeless, Nets star welcomes home mother and her nine special-needs children into their rebuilt house
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” host Ty Pennington and his design team renovated the burned down home in just seven days – which was the show’s biggest residential build yet.
“It was a special experience for me to be there to welcome home the Turner family and to be part of such an admirable show,” said Kidd. “To see the emotion in their faces when they saw their rebuilt home was something I’ll never forget. The family loves the Nets and I wanted to be there to show them our support, too.”
Told she could never have children of her own, Beverly Turner looked into adoption. Now, at age 54, she has been a special mom to 18 special-needs children -- despite having myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease. Raising children who suffer from bi-polar disorder, autism and blindness isn’t easy, but Beverly feels honored to have the opportunity. She knows that most of these kids came from homes where they were abused or neglected, and was happy to provide them with a loving home.
Beverly’s life would take yet another challenging turn on September 9, 2005: Instead of waking up to a house filled with love and laughter, the Turner family awoke to smoke and fire caused by faulty electrical wiring. Suddenly a single mother and her then nine special needs children were homeless.
While the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team, contractors and hundreds of workers, local builder Edgewood Properties and Century 21 Construction and volunteers are transforming the Turners’ house into a dream home in a remarkable seven days, the family will go on vacation to Arizona. In addition to Kidd’s appearance, singer Enrique Iglesias will perform for the family.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman. The show airs Sundays (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.