Local church wants to make dream of home makeover a reality for one lucky family

Fans of the hit television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," will soon have a chance to nominate someone they feel deserves a home makeover of their own.

M'liss Bierlink and members of the Grandview Church of the Nazarene are in the middle of organizing a local mini-extreme home makeover. Her church group is currently accepting applications and nominations for families in the Lower Valley who could use a makeover of extreme proportions.

Bierlink said the idea for the makeover project was spurred by her church's involvement in the 40 Days of Purpose campaign. She said the book that accompanies the campaign challenges readers to look outside of themselves and to do things that will help better the community and the world.

Bierlink said one of her roles at the local church was helping to get the congregation ready to take on the 40 Days of Purpose campaign, something she has been working on since June. She added that her church started the program on Sept. 26.

Once the campaign was up and running, Bierlink found herself in charge of special events and missions for the program.

However, instead of asking missionaries to come in and talk to the congregation, Bierlink decided she would take a more interactive approach. She challenged each of the church's 90 small groups to look outside of the church and do something for someone else, a project she titled "Love the Valley."

Then one night as she and her husband were sitting at home watching "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," they came up with an interesting idea, which they took back to their small group.

Bierlink said they suggested that as part of the Love the Valley project, her small group could do their own home makeover. She noted that since her husband is a general contractor, the project seemed to make sense.

From there the mini-extreme home makeover idea simply continued to grow. Bierlink said members of her small group started talking to local businesses, including Bi-Rite Lumber and Bieber Brothers, to see if they would donate to the project.

The idea has grown so much over the past few weeks that there are now six small groups, or nearly 40 people, working to organize the event. Bierlink noted that they have also managed to get a plumber, electrician and engineer involved.

Although Bierlink's church is looking to do a mini-extreme home makeover, she noted that the work involved will have to be something that can be completed in a weekend. Bierlink added that although the family that is chosen will be forced out of their house for the weekend that the work is done, they will not be homeless. Instead, Tom Denlea with the Best Western Grapevine Inn has volunteered to put up the family for the weekend and different businesses have agreed to provide meals for them.

Bierlink said that one of the only rules involved when it comes to applying or nominating someone for the makeover is that they have to own their own home and live in the Lower Valley. She added that references will also be checked.

Bierlink said she encourages people to pick up an application form and take some time to sit down and think about someone who would be a good recipient of the home makeover.

Bierlink's church group is accepting application forms through Friday, Oct. 22. She added that Friday her small group will go through the applications and pick up to 10 homes to go out and visit. After the visits, the group will chose the recipient of the mini-extreme home makeover.

Bierlink said the project has brought a real excitement to her church.

"I'm so excited about doing this," Bierlink said. "It's such a God-filled thing to do."

Bierlink added that if there is anyone who would like to donate supplies or materials to the project to contact her at 786-7467 or 837-2766. Application forms for the mini-extreme home makeover can be picked up at the Daily Sun News office, L & M Screen Printing, U.S. Bank in Sunnyside, Bieber Brothers, Bi-Rite Lumber, Sister to Sister in Prosser and the Grandview Church of the Nazarene.


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