SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE COUPLE CONTRIBUTES TO MASSIVE HOME GIVEAWAY PROJECT
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. – This home project was about much more than filling in a foundation, raising walls and securing a roof. For local homebuilder James “Skeeter” Seekford, his wife and one deserving family, the project embodied hope.
Seekford, the sales manager for the Smith Mountain Lake Region of Nationwide Homes, was part of the Nationwide team that helped build a modular dream home – for free – as part of ABC’s hit series, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Each episode of the show surprises an active family with extensive home renovations or an entirely new house.
With two disabled family members and a mold-infested house that was falling apart, Jeremy and Jennifer Williams, who live in Pine Mountain Valley, Ga., desperately needed a new home.
Their son Jacob, now 6, was born with Spina Bifida, a development birth defect of the spine. Jacob is confined to his wheelchair and often had difficulty maneuvering around the previous family home. He was helped around by his mother, sister Josie, who is 8, and until a couple years ago, his father.
In 2008, Jeremy Williams was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS, a fatal, progressive disease affecting nerve cells that causes muscular weakness. According to his doctor, most patients with ALS live only two to four years after diagnosis.
Before the demolition of his old house, Jeremy Williams told camera crews that it “would mean the world to me” to have a new home for his family.
Jennifer Williams echoed those comments.
“What a new home would mean for me is freedom for the two guys that I love so much,” she said.
Seekford heard of the Williams family and their need for a new home through Nationwide Homes, a leading builder of HiPerformance modular homes for single- and multi-family residences. Nationwide donated a single-story, energy-efficient dream home to the Williams family, and recruited dozens of builders to assist with the project.
“We met the family through a video that was sent to us,” said Dan Goodin, Vice President of Marketing at Nationwide. “It’s a tough story to see. When the tape was over, everyone in the room said, ‘We have to do this.’ ”
Seekford also immediately knew that he wanted to be involved. He managed the build of the home, and his wife, Vicki Seekford, who owns The General Store at SML, got involved as the volunteer coordinator.
They were only two out of hundreds of volunteers involved at the site who donated both their own time and money to make the project happen. The core crew of Nationwide builders took on the project, and after the home was transported from Nationwide’s production facility in Martinsville, Va. to Pine Mountain Valley, Ga., the team had only 109 hours to build the home on site.
Nationwide branches across the region supported the build with fundraisers and building awareness about ALS in their communities.
While the build team was busy demolishing the Williams’ old home and building up the new one, the family vacationed to Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, Colo. They returned at the end of February to an entirely new dream home that is accessible to both father and son.
“We are tremendously thankful,” Williams said through tears upon seeing the house for the first time. “We are very truly blessed.”
Seekford said he and his team also were honored to contribute to helping a family that already gives back so much to its community. Nationwide now also has forged a partnership with the ALS Association and plans to continue fundraising for the cause of finding a cure.
The episode of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” featuring the Williams family airs on Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m. EST. Leading up to the airdate, Nationwide’s retail locations plan to celebrate the episode with promotions at each store.
Nationwide Homes is a leading builder of modular single family homes, commercial structures, multi-family residences, and remodeling additions with a reputation for high quality, design flexibility and innovative marketing since 1959. For more information, please visit www.nationwide-homes.com. For more on the Williams’ home build experience, visit www.extremephn.com.