Single moms volunteer for Extreme Makeover

Single moms volunteer for Extreme Makeover

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By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Before Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Knoxville, many people had not heard about the Watsons' ministry to help single moms called the Restoration House.

Since they were selected, many more people are finding out about it.

Candice Heinz, an overnight volunteer and single mom, was one of the few who had heard about the Restoration House.

"I know they house single moms, and they give them the tools that they need, so they can go out and sustain themselves in the community," said Heinz. "I think that is awesome."

Heinz had actually looked at applying to the Restoration House, but was able to get on her feet.

She says being a single mom is not easy.

"It's extremely tough," said Heinz. "You feel like you are alone with the Restoration House you are with other single moms, so you are able to network and have a community."

Nikki Powell, another overnight volunteer and single mom, was not aware of the Watson's ministry, and echoed Heinz feelings about how tough being a single parent is.

"Financially, trying to take care of my kid, work, do everything possible for her," said Powell. "It's rough. It's rough not having that extra support."

Since volunteering, Powell hopes to learn more about the Restoration House.

"I have learned a little about the program," she said. "I would like to learn some more. I think I'm going to visit and find out some information."

Both women say they are glad to be part of helping this program grow, and hope more single moms can benefit from the Watson's ministry.
  
"Welcome home, and I hope you enjoy your new home," said Heinz.
     
The Restoration House was started five years ago, and is an 18-month program to help single moms who are struggling.

Daniel and Mandy Watson had two single moms living with them before Extreme Makeover: Home Edition arrived. Along with having a new home, volunteers also built a new duplex in the back of their home for the single moms to live in. 

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