We all dream of the home we will one day own. For some people, this might be a traditional home with a white picket fence, and a large green lawn, for others, it might be an apartment in an urban metropolis. One single mom in Michigan had always dreamed of having a home that had a bedroom for each child, new appliances to cook nutritious meals on, and a well-kept yard for all of her children to play in. It seemed like she would never be able to get this home, as finding money for everyday necessities like a mortgage and medical bills always came first. Then, she was nominated to be on a reality television show called Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Arlene Nickless had not had an easy life. She and her husband Tim had raised three wonderful children together, and it seemed that they were leading a charmed life. Then, tragedy struck, and Tim passed away suddenly.
Arlene and Tim had been together for the last 18 years, and his passing left a hole in the family that would be very hard to fill. Arlene did not know what to do or where to turn during this time. All she knew was that she had to keep her little family afloat.