Veteran Gets a New Home with the First Lady’s Help

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Extreme Makeover: Home Edition host Ty Pennington to help build a home for a Navy Veteran whose organization provides help to homeless female Veterans.: Official White House photo by Samantha Appleton.

First Lady Michelle Obama recently joined Ty Pennington and the crew of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to build a new home for former Navy Chaplain Barbara Marshall.

Using her own money, Marshall founded Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House to offer shelter, support and services, such as mentoring and life coaching to homeless women Veterans.

Marshall purchased a VA foreclosure home in August 2010 to provide a shelter for female veterans in transition. But the 1,288-square-foot home was too cramped to support her mission of helping female veterans get back on their feet.

The newly-constructed Jubilee House, in Fayetteville, NC, includes enough space for Marshall and her son, as well as lots of space for additional women Veterans and their families to live comfortably. It includes a gym, garden, greenhouse and an employment resource center.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ebony Dublin, a Smithfield, N.C., native and supply sergeant at nearby Fort Bragg volunteered during the week.

“I was more than happy to volunteer my time because that could be me one day. I think it is great that Barbara spends her time helping people, so now that someone is taking the time to help her – it’s awesome,” Dublin said.

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  1. Hi RaNaye,

    The Jubilee House can always use more donations. It is really wonderful of you to offer! To get in touch with them call (910) 977-2303 or e-mail Susan Jones (the Operations Manager for Jubilee) at womenvets@stepsnstages.com. Thanks for following our blog RaNaye!

    Their address is:
    Resourcing Disabled Women Veterans
    P.O. Box 9764
    Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311-9764

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