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Troubled Fayetteville home for female vets seeks new start

Posted November 15, 2017 4:12 p.m. EST

Jubilee House in Fayetteville was transformed by "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in 2011 into a place to house homeless female veterans.

— A house in Fayetteville designed to shelter homeless veteran women and their children is starting a new chapter.

Jubilee House was built on Langdon Street in 2011 for the ABC reality show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Questions about its fundraising and problems with management forced it to shut down last year.

Family Endeavors, a San Antonio, Texas-based nonprofit that helps children, families, veterans and those struggling with mental illness or disability has taken over the house, renovated it and renamed it Reveille Retreat.

The group plans to provide shelter for up to eight homeless female veterans and their children, starting in January. The house is designed to accommodate up to 25 people and provide services to help the women get back on their feet.

"What the moms will get, and their families, is a little bit of grace – time to catch their breath," said Travis Pearson, chief executive of Family Endeavors. "Then, we go right into help. The moms get their kids comfortable in school again and develop those skills and those life skills they need to be successful for the very long term."