THE TABLES ARE TURNED WHEN DEDICATED COMMUNITY ACTIVIST "SWEET" ALICE HARRIS RECEIVES SOME MUCH NEEDED HELP ON HER FLOOD-DAMAGED HOME, ON "EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION"


With Help from the Sears American Dream Campaign, "Sweet" Alice's South Central Los Angeles Neighborhood Gets its Own Mini-Makeover



"Harris Family" - "Sweet" Alice Harris, who was named the Lieutenant Governor's California Woman of the Year in 2002 for her endless efforts over the last 35 years to clean up the Watts neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles, needed some help of her own after a freakish storm (known as a supercell) dumped massive amounts of rain and flooded her home, as well as her entire community last year.

When the home of Sweet Alice Harris and her family suffered water damage, they lost their furniture and carpet, and for two months have had to live out of one bedroom. Unfortunately, insurance did not cover the damage to the Harris home, nor to the neighbors' houses which were also damaged in the flood. The beleaguered-looking block was in need of a sweet miracle, and one was delivered in the form of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," in the episode airing SUNDAY, MARCH 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.

Sweet Alice Harris, her husband, Alan, daughter Alvenia and Alvenia's two children -- Warrick, 12, and Ashley, 5 (who suffers from severe asthma attacks and could no longer live with her grandparents because of the dust and debris left in the home from the flood) -- enjoyed a seven-day vacation at LaCosta Spa in Carlsbad, California. Meanwhile, their entire house was undergoing a total reconstruction by the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" design team, 100 workmen, countless helpful neighbors and even members of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Among the numerous contributions from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- with help from the Sears American Dream Campaign - received by residents surrounding the Harris home who were affected by the supercell were free appliance repair and new mattresses with bedding. Each house and yard on the entire block received its own mini-makeover in the form of new landscaping, paint touch-ups and the installation of new wrought-iron fences.

As a single, homeless mother in the 1960s, Sweet Alice turned her life around and made it her mission to help others in need. She formed Parents of Watts (POW) over 30 years ago, and their organization now reaches out to the entire community. Sweet Alice has set up over 15 programs which provide emergency food and shelter for the homeless, conducts health seminars, provides legal and drug counseling, operates a program for unwed mothers, houses battered women and children and prepares young people for the job market and college. Sweet Alice wants to keep kids in school, off drugs and off the streets.

Because of her tireless contributions, the Watts community is forever in Sweet Alice's debt. Now it's time for Sweet Alice and her family to be on the receiving end of something special. During the "reveal," members of the community came out to welcome her and her family back home, including LAPD Chief of Police William Bratton, Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (52nd District) and Councilwoman Janice Hahn (15th District).

For this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the design team features team leader Ty Pennington and designers Dawson Connor, Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson and Constance Ramos.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman and Craig Armstrong.

This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.