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Should This Extreme Home Makeover Family Be Forgiven?

This is one Extreme Makeover: Home Edition story that may leave you with a bout of frustration rather than a waterfall of tears. Some of the 1,800 volunteers that worked night and day to build the Harper family's new four-bedroom home in 2005 are reeling with aggravation after learning the family's home will be auctioned due to foreclosure.

The donated materials used to build the home are valued at about $450,000, and the construction company donated an additional $250,000 for a home-maintenance fund and scholarships for the family's three kids. Rather than be satisfied with this generosity, the Harpers decided to test their luck and used the home as collateral for a $450,000 loan to start a construction business that ultimately failed.

The mayor of Lake City, GA, helped construct the home for his city's residents and had this to say about the unhappy ending: "It's aggravating. It just makes you mad. You do that much work, and they just squander it." Do you think they should be blamed for making a careless decision, or should they be forgiven for trying to continue bettering their lives?


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betzblue betzblue 7 years
If I had been a recipient of such a fabulous gift, no way would I ever have squandered it. NO! these people should most certainly NOT be forgiven for their greed. In fact, if they ever get "a head" again they should be forced into community services to help pay back what their communities did for them. I wish I was eligible for such great luck!
peachens1962 peachens1962 8 years
This is just sad.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
enSue enSue 8 years
This is just appalling on so many levels. This makes me wonder how often other families have done this with their donated house and funds. I hope the companies that facilitate the budget for future projects include a clause against the family from placing their donated home as collateral for business ventures. I understand that destitute people can be desperate to make money and find a job or career, but this shouldn't be done at the expense of their children or all the people and companies that donated their time, sweat, hope and money to the project.
SaucySassy SaucySassy 8 years
The point is that the house was supposed to be their sanctuary -their relief- their gift. If all they needed was money for a construction co. then they should have ask for something like that. But that was not it - the building of a house for them was the whole point - it is irresponsible to put it up as collateral
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's a shame on how things turned out. the point of EMHE is that they are helping families out that aren't fortunate and have good intentionns, and yes they probably had good intentions with the company but to put the house up as collateral - that's really a shame. it's definitely hard times out there when you want to be successful in business, but so few people get the opportunity that this family got with the house and having the mortgage paid for and having teh $$ to pay for maintenance - and now to see the outcome, i'm sure that a lot of people feel hurt and a bit disrespected.
sgrbby32 sgrbby32 8 years
Shocking and sad to say the least. These parents were obviously living in a dream world and thought that because they were on TV, they had a chance to make even more money by trying to start a construction business. They were even given enough money to pay the taxes on the house for up to 25 years. There are so many other families in this world who can't afford to put food on their tables and will never ever be given the opportunity that this family was given. Really, really sad.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years From the article: After putting in long hours and saving up every penny they had, the Harpers packed up their kids and bought their first home, a 1400 square-foot, four-bedroom ranch house just outside Atlanta. What these first-time homeowners didn't know was they had just bought a big dump -- literally. Every time it rained hard -- which was often -- their septic tank would back up and human waste actually flooded their suburban home. So, basically from what I found, the husband and wife struggled to get their family out of the Brooklyn projects and moved to Atlanta to give them a better life. However, their first house was a dud. Did you hear that ABC? This family risked everything they had, their entire savings, on their first house in Atlanta and FAILED! It makes complete sense to me that they did not learn their lesson the first time and enjoy taking huge gambling risks.
Bettyjane Bettyjane 8 years
People who are "poor" are for a reason, they don't know how to handle money. This is the reason why so many lottery winners lose everything and are back where they started. Extreme Home Makeover should have had something in the contract preventing something like this from happening. The shame is that we don't teach anything about finance to people before they get out of high school and into the real world.
brookrene brookrene 8 years
They absolutely should NOT be forgiven. These people had a good thing and they decided to make poor decisions...AGAIN. Because obviously they had made poor decisions in the past that had ended them up on Extreme Home Makeover. Maybe this time around they'll have learned their lesson. If i were one of those volunteers, I'd be soooo livid!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
doesnt surprise me that one family or two out of this reality show didnt appreciate thier gift and gambled it on something that didnt work out. They got in thier first situation for a reason, they give them a new home, not new brains. I feel sorry for the people who donated thier time and money.
gabiushka gabiushka 8 years
No, they should not be forgiven. Freewill involves responsibility.
chipjimi chipjimi 8 years
This reminds me of this Chinese Proverb; Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
GigglyGirl GigglyGirl 8 years
Xandara Xandara 8 years
It's really just a shame because now they look totally ungrateful. I agree with all those who already said it's proof that giving people things for free does not help. :(
Ginger Ginger 8 years
They blew through $450k in less than 3 years? Bad planning. While they had a home fully paid for, including taxes for the next 25 years, they couldn't manage to find a job to pay the rest of their basic living expenses? So now they have no home, no equity, and have to start paying rent too.
Matamoros Matamoros 8 years
Most poor people are poor and stupid for a reason. There's a reason they are in the gutter. If you pick them up out of the gutter and hand them a crystal chalice, do not be surprised when you find them laying back in the gutter and the crystal chalice lies smashed on the pavement. The whole problem with welfare. It's a farce and should be shut down. 20 million Mexicans who do not speak the language managed to swim across a murky river, cross a perilous desert and run across a 4 lane highway to find a job in a land where they are not supposed to work and have no right to work. There is no excuse for America's fat welfare bums to not be able to find gainful employment. Excuse - no! Reason - Yes: Sloth, stupidiy and the handout mentality bred by vote pimping politicians.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Aaaaaaand this is why purely throwing "FREE STUFF!" at people won't help in the long run. You might as well throw valuable resources into a bottomless pit. I'd rather donate to something like Oxfam, a charity that stresses helping people help themselves make a sustainable living.
o0Riptide0o o0Riptide0o 8 years
Well I agree with others saying I need more info. In construction everyone is hurting but my dad who owned a construction never put up his own house. You need to build small not do such a huge loan like that, I think that is just poor business practices. I hope they dont get bailed out because they will never learn if they do.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I don't think it was smart of them to take money that was earmarked for something specific and mess it up by blowing the money on something else. They should have kept the money in a CD for their kids' college funds (or otherwise smartly invested it).
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I don't think they just squandered the money, they probably had good intentions but the new business just didn't work out. Its not exactly the best idea they could have had but maybe they didn't have any other means of income. I know if someone made over my home, esp. with all the cool gadgets and nice appliances and such that they gift you during the makeover, I wouldn't put it up for anything.
cancankant cancankant 8 years
Okay, let me get this straight. People and companies DONATED their time & materials (and the companies got free advertisement for their services). They gave this family a home that was probably MUCH more than they really needed (in terms of monetary value). It was a showpiece. They didn't have to work for it as those who get assistance from Habitat for Humanity. There was no sweat, blood and tears. And the people who did this are really surprised? I wouldn't be. These people paid $0 for this and paid $0 in "sweat equity", too. Now, I don't think I'd put my home up for collateral in a business deal, but they gambled with their free stuff & lost. Sure, I'd be a bit miffed, but I wonder when more Extreme Makeover folks are going to start losing their homes, just like thousands of other American homeowners.
Chloe08 Chloe08 8 years
I think its horrible that those ungrateful people lost their house. If I had volunteered my time to build them a new home and they just threw it away, I'd be pissed too!
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