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'Move that bus' Local family gets Extreme Home Makeover in Northwest Bakersfield

Posted at 6:31 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 09:24:00-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Wednesday, community volunteers moved the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition bus just for the Mosley family, giving them a glimpse into their new life right in front of their newly renovated home.

The home is officially ready for them to move into right away and volunteers said the end result was well worth their time.

Many people would agree that life will never be the same for the Mosley family of seven.

"We came in took it down to the ground, nothing left and started a brand new house and five days later here we are," Greg Balfanz, CEO of John Balfanz Homes who helped build the new home.

The Mosely family was nominated this April by the Bakersfield community for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hit series returning to television next year.

Single mom, Jessica Mosley, her mom, her five kids -- three of which were adopted are now embarking on a new homecoming experience together.

"They are looking for people who are not only are public servants who give back but also have maybe had a hardship or a trial in their life," Sales and Marketing Manager of John Balfanz Homes Vali Nemetz said.

The digging, the patching and the building was completed in just five days for the family of seven who was living in a cramped three bedroom house for several years.

Local volunteers and contractors doubling the square footage of the home, making it a five bedroom and five bathroom house to help make things more comfortable for the Mosleys.

Volunteers donating more than 200 hours of their time and energy in triple digit heat to make the new home come to life for the Mosley family.

"We're trying anyway we can," Nemetz said. "We've got chair massages and food donations, and all of the Red Bull they could possibly drink."

Everything from food, building materials and furniture was donated by locals from right here in Kern County.

Acts of generosity built a family's new home nest and helped build a stronger sense of community in Bakersfield.

"The Kern County and Bakersfield community has come out in droves and we're just floured. It makes me emotional honestly just recognizing how incredible this community of Bakersfield is," Nemetz said.

Thursday the Mosley family will be holding a press conference for community members at 10 a.m. in front of their new home to showcase their new reality.

The Mosley family will be featured in the new series airing in 2020 on HGTV.