- Christian Shoddy is Still ShoddyPosted 54 days ago
- We Are Not Hoodlums.Posted 56 days ago
- Of Hobbits and AngelsPosted 65 days ago
- Rags to Riches and Back to Rags AgainPosted 76 days ago
- Are We There Yet?Posted 84 days ago
- The Zero NetworkPosted 86 days ago
- The Gospel and Chick-Fil-APosted 105 days ago
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Extreme(ly Ineffective) Home Makeover
I have never watched ABC’s hit series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” without getting goosebumps, at the very least. A recent episode featured an incredible rehabilitation project at a school for deaf youth. My heart strings weren’t tugged. They were yanked. I was enthralled with the stories of the kids, and deeply moved by the incredible transformation which took place.
But, sadly, Extreme Makeover has been has had a very shaky record of success. When the projects ended for many of the recipient families, and the celebrities were replaced with utilities bills, their homes became a suffocating hardship. Six of the families have actually gone into foreclosure. For these six families, the Extreme Makeover experience made a big splash but became a big burden.The ongoing costs and maintenance required for heating these huge homes and keeping the swimming pools operable were exorbitantly and unaffordably high.
Source: TV Guide
These families struggled with a gift they were not prepared to receive. Tracy Hutson, an interior designer on the show, responded to these foreclosures: “I think our hearts were in the right place, but we just got carried away.”
Tracy’s reflections to her failed charity projects mirror feelings we all have experienced after our own misguided compassionate endeavors. Like the producers, donors and celebrities on Extreme Makeover, we often swarm into poor communities with our cameras flashing. We generate a firestorm of enthusiasm, but so often our results fall woefully short of our noble and charitable intentions. Our hearts were right, but our outcomes were wrong.
To their credit, the producers of Extreme Makeover have since adjusted their approach to ensure a higher level of success: They are building smaller homes with more manageable upkeep and they are working with recipient families to ensure they are capable of maintaining their new homes. Likewise, the solution to our failed charitable efforts should not be to abandon Good Samaritanism altogether. Instead, we need to intensely scrutinize our efforts, retool where necessary, and ensure that those on the receiving end of our efforts are partners in the process.
Originally posted at Smorgasblurb.
About Chris Horst
Christian Shoddy is Still Shoddy
A tense cloud hovered above the desk that separated us....
- Posted 54 days ago
We Are Not Hoodlums.
I think we've all been there. You've scoured the Christian...
- Posted 56 days ago
Of Hobbits and Angels
After seeing the new Hobbit movie (in 3D nonetheless), and...
- Posted 65 days ago
Rags to Riches and Back to Rags Again
I love a good rags-to-riches story. Sam “Walmart” Walton sold...
- Posted 76 days ago
Are We There Yet?
A few months ago, my family and I moved from...
- Posted 84 days ago
Verse of the Week
––1 Thessalonians 5:21 (ESV)