The HomeTeam Offers Extreme Hope with Extreme Makeovers


The Home Team Coquitlam

Working on the Roof

HomeTeam volunteers working on a recent project.

You’ve probably seen ‘Extreme Makeover’ TV shows that assist families in need with home renovations. But did you know that a Coquitlam group called ‘The HomeTeam’ has been doing it here in the Tri-Cities since 2007? The HomeTeam is a non-profit community outreach program of the Cornerstone Seventh Day Adventist Church consisting of 12 core members that try to organize at least one project per year to help a Tri-Cities family in need. The concept for the team was inspired by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition TV show and another Lower Mainland church that had undertaken a similar project.

Deserving families are selected after being nominated via the HomeTeam website. A home makeover is then undertaken by a large group of skilled and unskilled volunteers, free of charge to the family in need. Most of the home improvements are made possible by donations of materials and labour by local businesses and contractors.

Under construction

Demolition Day

The goal of the HomeTeam is to partner with the community at large and non-congregational volunteers and businesses. The vast majority of those volunteers working on the projects have no association with the Cornerstone Seventh Day Adventist Church or its congregation. In fact, one of the conditions of nomination for project recipients is that they not be members of the Cornerstone Church family.

Businesses involved include Costco, Tim Hortons, Penfolds Roofing, Kwantlen College, Benjamin Moore, Home Depot and Lafarge to name a few. Due to time restraints, a great amount of teamwork, cooperation and dedication by all those involved is required. Russell Cullingworth of the HomeTeam says that translates to a job site like no other. In fact, Russell has heard from many of the various tradespeople working shoulder to shoulder that the job site is actually less likely to have conflict and even less likely to have cursing and swearing – many have never seen anything like it! Most of the tradespeople are donating their time and expertise as individuals and asking nothing in return.

The HomeTeam at work

The HomeTeam relies on community involvement.

As the Cornerstone Church is located in Coquitlam, projects have centered on families in the Tri-Cities. However, this year they are undertaking two projects – one in Maple Ridge for the Gagnon family in September and a second project starting October 31 for the Timmins family of Port Moody. The Gagnon family was nominated and chosen this year because of their great need for support. If you would like to learn about the projects undertaken by the HomeTeam since 2007, please visit their website at www.cornerstonesda.com/hometeam/projects. If you are interested in helping out the HomeTeam and would like to become involved please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Russell Cullingworth (russell@ceya.ca).

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