Aronov Builders do Extreme Makeover

Alabama viewers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on ABC will see a familiar name in an upcoming episode.

Aronov Homes announced on Feb. 2 that it was joining the Emmy award-winning show in building a home for a local family over the course of one week.

Jake Aronov, chairman and CEO of Aronov Realty Management, said the company was “honored to have been chosen” and urged the greater Montgomery community to assist “our talented team of professionals” in the project.

The show’s premise is that the home is guaranteed to be completely rebuilt in one week, and all labor and materials must be donated. Five families were nominated as “Heroes at Home.”

Aronov Homes was chosen as the builder in large part because of their more than 50 year tradition of service to the community.

Through the Aronov Homes and Today in Alabama Builds a Home initiative with WSFA-TV, the company donated over $130,000 in net profits from the sale of two homes to benefit local charities in 2004 and 2005.

“Aronov Homes’ passion for their community was clear,” said Conrad Ricketts, executive producer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

“We are looking for ‘Heroes in the Community,” and both the family that will be chosen and Aronov Homes are wonderful representations of our theme this season.”

On Feb. 16, the family in question was surprised when Ty Pennington and company arrived to begin the construction process.

The Jordan family was hit with the devastating loss of a daughter in 1995 to domestic violence, and then a son eight years later to a drunk driver. Monica and Brady Jordan responded not with bitterness or self-pity but with dedicated passionate service to their community. They’re now raising their three grandchildren: grandson Miles (15), granddaughter Shan (14) and grandson Keiunta (11).

The Jordans are strong advocates of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and open their home to more than 100 youngsters each week who need a safe place to hang out. Monica began working for the State of Alabama’s Crime Victims Commission and later became a prominent speaker for M.A.D.D. by holding meetings in their home.

Daughter Brittany, a senior at the University of Alabama, aspires to be a pediatrician and volunteers at a rape crisis center. Brady, a printer, and his wife also make sure their home is a welcoming and safe haven where kids in the neighborhood drop by to eat, sleep, socialize and be mentored under their roof.

In doing this, their house has gone without repair in years. Their bathroom leaks into their kitchen and some of their siding has blown off. Thousands of meals have been cooked in a kitchen that is falling apart, with no overhead light, rotting counters and a stove that barely works.

The Jordan’s dream of having a safe home but cannot bear the thought of turning away teenagers or having to stop volunteering for M.A.D.D. to save enough money for repairs.

The “Move That Bus” reveal day was scheduled for Feb. 23. The home is located at 5336 Ira Lane.

As of press time, the episode’s air date had not been announced.