Chris and Charlene Adam (with their family dog Tanker) are this year’s Extreme Home Repair recipients. Between May 4 and 21, volunteers will renovate the couple’s Aldergrove home, which they share with three of their four children ages 12, 15, and 18. Troy Landreville Langley Times

VIDEO: Extreme Home Repair team set to revamp ‘house of the undone’

Volunteers and businesses join forces to help Aldergrove family as EHR marks 15th year

Chris and Charlene Adam were well on their way to transforming their ‘fixer-upper’ in Aldergrove.

Then, health issues stopped them on a dime.

Chris has lived with multiple sclerosis for many years and finally had to go on long-term disability. Charlene suffered a stroke a year-and-a-half ago and took five months off work to recover.

As a result of the stroke, Charlene lost all feeling on the right side of her body and has not yet recovered completely. She’s now working part time, which is all she can manage.

The MS has kept Chris from working altogether. He worked as a supervisor for a local fireplace company and before that was a welder for 30 years.

“The last two years it’s been getting worse and worse,” Chris said, about his MS. “Fatigue, pain, muscle loss, memory loss… guess that about covers it.”

“He’s on a downhill slope right now,” added Charlene.

Meanwhile, the couple’s aspirations for renovating their 45-year-old split level house ground to a halt, save for a roof that was replaced to keep the home dry, upgraded windows to help with unmanageable electric heat bills and energy efficient gas fireplaces.

“Everything needed to be upgraded,” Charlene said.

“The laundry room downstairs, the floors… everything’s 12 years old or original,” Chris said, adding that the home needs a major electrical overhaul, “and that’s been a problem since we moved in (12 years ago). It was a very Mickey Mouse electrical job in here.

“We call it the house of the undone.”

Enter the Extreme Home Repair (EHR) team. EHR is an program launched 15 years ago by Acts of Kindness (AOK), a community outreach of Langley’s Church in the Valley: a Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Established in 2004, the EHR project annually transforms the home of a local individual or family facing difficult circumstances related to their housing and resources.

Extreme Home Repair 2017 Progress… from Acts of Kindness {AOK} on Vimeo.

Chris and Charlene and their children including 21-year-old Brad (who lives on his own), Johnny, 18, Michael, 15, and Amanda, 12, are the main recipients of the 15th EHR project.

Church in the Valley associate pastor Mike Dauncey has been involved with EHR since its inception, and said the family are worthy recipients.

“What impressed us about Chris and Charlene is they bought this house 12 years ago as a fixer-upper, it needed a lot of work, and so they did start fixing things,” Dauncey said. “They’ve put a lot of work into the house already.”

But Chris’s MS has “totally inhibited him from continuing construction work,” Dauncey added.

“The money’s not there, the health is not there, and we see that they were interested in fixing this house. They did the best they could with what they have, and so that really impressed us. They’re actively trying to fix this house up. So we’re going to come in here and finish it up for them, to help them out.”

Dauncey said EHR has a way of bringing people together. Each year, the project draws more than 200 volunteers — many of whom are from Church in the Valley — along with dozens of community-minded businesses, friends, family and neighbours, to give the selected recipients a fresh start in a comfortable environment.

“It’s just so awesome to see the community come together with one purpose — to help a family in need,” he said. “It’s beautiful to see.”

The family moves out today (May 2) to allow the work to start, and will return to their home Victoria Day Monday (May 21) for the reveal.

The Adams are looking forward to Victoria Day, when they walk into their house for the first time in nearly three weeks.

“The house will be more livable for us in the future,” Chris said.

“Because we don’t know what the future holds,” Charlene offered.

Interested in volunteering? Call 604-514-8335, email, or visit

Just Posted

Spartans squeak out pre-season soccer victory in Oregon

Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team plays in Washington today, then at home on Saturday night.

Langley woman’s graduation marks expansion of PTSD service dog program

Delta-based B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs Society and Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs merging to service to more veterans

Bevy of remarkable birthdays celebrated in Aldergrove

Maudie MacPherson (age 101), Vera Banner (91) and Alice Utas (95)

Take-home naloxone may be replacing 911 calls in parts of Lower Mainland

Naloxone kits handed out up 29% over 2017, ambulance calls and emergency visits down 22-24%, deaths hold steady

Pond hockey banned in public parks under updated Township bylaw

Public spaces bylaw imposes new restrictions on smoking, possession of drug paraphernalia, geocaching and more

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

VIDEO: World of Magic coming to Vancouver

Seven magic shows will appear at the Vancouver Playhouse from September 7 to 9

Safeway union urges prejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

VIDEO: RibFest kicks off in Langley

Free event features barbecue ribs, chicken, pork and brisket from Canada’s top rib artists

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Most Read