You've seen those home improvement shows where construction teams come into a home, destroy it, and then build a brand new house in its place. But in some cases there are issues after the cameras leave; the family can't keep up with the home, the mortgage, or the increased expenses because of the expansion, turning their dream home into a nightmare.
But here in North Texas, something better is happening for a Euless family who are part of a brand new NBC program called George to the Rescue. With the help of local builders and businesses, the crew picks three or four big projects to improve, instead of making over the whole house -- which won't leave the family in financial ruin.
In the case of the Conway family, who are featured in the first North Texas episode, they have used their money on medical expenses instead of updating their home. Jennifer Conway, who is wheel-chair bound with muscular dystrophy, wanted to surprise her parents with a make-over of their 1970s-era ranch home. Thanks to the show, that's exactly what happened -- and Jennifer got her own surprise, too; for the first time she is able to go into the backyard of her family home.
We caught up with the "George to the Rescue" crew as they were putting some last minute touches to the home. "We come into these houses and basically do those home improvement projects that they can't do themselves, because they don't have the time, the money or the energy to do it," said George Oliphant with George to the Rescue.
Oliphant and his rescues were first made popular on NBC's LXTV's Open House, a 30-minute home improvement program which aired on NBC 5 on Sundays. Now, those smaller rescues have been expanded into a full 30-minutes.
"Unlike those other television hosts, I get down and dirty," said Oliphant. "I am there from the beginning to the end, the whole way and I do as much of the project as I possibly can."
And what a renovation it's been. "We renovated the entire den, living room, took out the wood paneling, took out the carpet, put fresh colored paint on, new electric surround sound and big screen TV," said Oliphant.
"Anytime you get the opportunity to help somebody, why wouldn't you do it? " said Golden. "I knew I had great people who worked with me. But this really proved how great they are so this is wonderful."
To see the big reveal and find out why the crews loved the backyard the most in this whole project, the Texas edition of George to the Rescue will on NBC 5 on Sunday, November 7 at 11:30 in the morning. And if you miss it, it will be re-broadcast after NBC 5 news at 10 and Out of Bounds. It will air around midnight depending on how long Sunday Night Football runs.
To nominate a family to be rescued -- you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org