HGTV’s Sabrina Soto nearly came face to face with Hurricane Irene last month while working at her other job on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
The interior designer and host of new HGTV series “The High/Low Project” was on the set in Delaware as the storm made its way up the Eastern seaboard.
“We’re putting pavers down and trying to finish the roof, and there’s a mandatory evacuation,” she told The Arizona Republic. “I’m new to the show, but I feel like I’m the only one who’s concerned!”
Due to the evacuation orders, all work on the house – being built for the family of Dale Dunning of Lewes, who runs a soup kitchen – came to a halt as the storm approached. While the production crew was allowed to return on Sunday, Aug. 28, volunteers weren’t given the all clear until Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The family, as is protocol for the show, had already been whisked away to Walt Disney World, missing the hurricane altogether. Meanwhile, the house survived Irene with just debris blown into the yard and was revealed to the returning family on Aug. 31. [Watch the reveal in the video player at left.]
The season premiere of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. More info about the Dunning episode, set to air this fall, is below, courtesy of ABC.
On August 22, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” traveled to Lewes, Delaware to surprise the Dunning family with the door knock that can change lives. Dale Dunning founded “Jusst Sooup” while she was in college. She started off with a pot and a hot plate making soup for her classmates after theology class. Today, Dale along with her husband Ken and son Brooks, wake up at 2AM every day to provide meals at four soup kitchens for those in need across the state of Delaware.
They have been living in a rental home that is basically a converted storage facility for “Jusst Sooup.” They house massive amounts of food, and their small home can’t contain it all. Their dream is to create the “Jusst Sooup Ranch” which would be a house where the Dunning Family would move into and run a large-scale kitchen to feed many more families across the state. It would be a place to provide shelter, food and support for families in need, helping them get back on their feet – then inviting other families to take their place in micro-homes on the property. Dale envisions “Jusst Sooup Ranch” having a garden, crops and a small farm to provide food for their soup kitchen.
The EM:HE design team has just seven days to build a brand new home for the Dunning family, one that provides a living area for the family, storage for food and supplies and land for expanding and realizing their dream of supporting multiple families. The Dunning family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Walt Disney World, while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Sabrina Soto, John Littlefield and local builders Schell Brothers as well as community volunteers, build the structure.