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ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

August 2009











On February 14, 2010, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired its renovation of The Fishing School’s new Tom Lewis Youth and Family Support Center. The project, which enlisted dozens of workers and thousands of volunteers, including celebrity guest Tyler Perry, is the show's first in Washington, D.C.


Our new 6,700 square foot state-of-the-art facility boasts three classrooms, a science lab, a 10-seat computer lab, a conference room, two kitchens, and office space for volunteers, administrative and support staff.


“This new facility allows us to increase the number of children and families we serve each year from 150 to 230,” said Leo Givs, executive director of The Fishing School. “We are tremendously grateful for all of our supporters and the role the local community played in making this possible.”

Our facility is the largest building constructed in the show’s eight-season run and is also one of the most energy efficient. In partnership with the Department of Energy, the home builders utilized the latest “green” technologies, including an insulated concrete form foundation, triple-layer insulated windows, hybrid electric water heaters, a geothermal heat pump, energy star compact fluorescent lighting, solar panels and other green building techniques.

“What we have been able to do for our community over the last 20 years has been hard work, but it has also been heart work. This new building is truly a blessing and we will use it to continue to be of service to this city’s youth and their parents,” said Tom Lewis, founder of The Fishing School.

Burch Builders Group donated their services to oversee construction, United Way recruited scores of volunteers and donors and Smith Fairfield managed the project’s massive logistics. Several District agencies worked together to facilitate an accelerated completion schedule. Coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services and The Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, the project was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, District Department of Transportation, Department of Public Works, Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Metropolitan Police Department, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and the Offices of the City Administrator and the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.