SPECTRUM BUILDING AND RESTORATION
ASSISTS FAMILY IN NEED
As a young newly married couple, C.J. and Lindsay decided they wanted to spend their lives helping others. They started the Southern Oregon Chapter of Sparrow Clubs, a non-profit organization, which helps children with medical issues (a.k.a. “Sparrows”) by pairing them with a school who adopts them as their school’s Sparrow. C.J. found himself speaking to students, businesses, and anyone who would listen about the incredible power Sparrow Clubs gives to both students and Sparrows. His amazing ability as a public speaker motivated thousands of students to raise funds, perform service work, and create programs all in the name of their Sparrow. Not only were C.J. and Linsday a part of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for kids with medical needs, they were also able to help transform schools through challenging students to look beyond themselves and serve.
C.J. and Lindsay never imagined though they would one day need the help from the very same organization they devoted so much of their time to. Soon after moving to Portland and running a chapter there, their oldest son Sawyer was diagnosed with a form of Autism and their second oldest son Thatcher began to start showing signs of Autism as well. With their children regressing, the family moved back to Medford to live on a 50-acre family property next to Lindsay’s parents. The boys showed great progress, but Sawyer still faced several challenges due to his lack of social cues. Much to the family’s surprise, Sawyer became a Sparrow and through his endearing personality, he helped put a face on autism and brought awareness to over 900 students in his adopted school. While the property and the outdoors are great for the children’s progress, the house is not built for their needs.
The electrical system is from 1958 and recently an outlet actually sparked and shot small flames. Rewiring would be difficult since the home is made of cinderblocks. The windows are all original and are a safety hazard because they are huge and are not tempered glass, meaning if they break the glass won’t shatter. The plumbing is poor and leaks creating mold in the bathrooms. Lastly, there is not heat in the back of the house. Only the kitchen, living room, and front bedroom have ventilation so the family is forced to rely on space heaters in the winter, which is extremely costly and not eco-friendly. Moving away from this house is financially impossible and not desired since the property is crucial to the boys’ progress.
The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team had just seven days to build a brand new home for the McPhail family. The McPhails were whisked away on a dream vacation to the new Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, whileExtreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Ed Sanders and new designer comedian Jeff Dye and local builders Ark Built Renovations, Spectrum Building and Restoration as well as community volunteers, built the structure.
Spectrum Building and Restoration assisted by providing drying services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and labor, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. The project was completed the week of September 12, 2011 and will air this Friday, October 28, 2011 at 8pm ET on ABC.
Spectrum Building and Restoration has been providing insurance restoration services throughout the state of Oregon since 1989 and has been a Member of DKI since 2009. DKI is the exclusive dry down vendor for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold.