Triangle Homeworks (THW) was started in 2005 with the goal to assist area homeowners throughout the Triangle area in maintaining their homes. Two friends, Alice Ligon and Alice Remedios, watched Extreme Makeover: Home Edition each Sunday and decided it would be great to come up with a way to improve lives on a local level.
Whether due to financial, physical, or other challenges, THW assists families in having safe, habitable housing. THW is governed by a Board of Directors and maintains a volunteer base that numbers in the hundreds.
In 2005, THW’s first project involved demolishing the home of a Fuquay-Varina family that was full of mold and had a crumbling foundation. With the help of hundreds of area volunteers and businesses, a new 3000 square-foot home was built for the family in eight weeks.
In 2006, THW did three projects. The first project was in Durham, where much needed repairs/modifications to the home of a single mother were completed. The second project was in Apex, where a family’s kitchen was remodeled to accommodate the father, who was no longer able to bend over to reach the basic kitchen areas. THW raised the kitchen six inches to accommodate his disability. The third project was in Cary, where extensive mold and wood rot damage to a home was repaired.
Also in 2006, THW was involved with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in downtown Raleigh. THW was selected to help find deserving families as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition planned for a Raleigh show. THW also provided volunteer manpower and local resources for the Riggins family makeover.
THW’s short-term goals are focused on fundraising and continuing to build awareness of Triangle Homeworks in the community. Our long- term goals are to consistently complete a set number of projects each calendar year, while maintaining successful fundraising, and positive community awareness.