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Chip and Joanna Gaines have built a whole career on helping people feel “at home,” but what happens when a home is not a safe place?
In a special episode of Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, Chip and Joanna took on the task of renovating a safe house for young girls fleeing dangerous home situations. The temporary shelter, located in the couple’s hometown of Waco, wanted to make the residence feel more like home for the young woman bravely making the transition.
“There’s nothing traditional about this,” Chip explained in a clip from the show. “This is an emergency shelter that needs to practically meet the needs of 16 young ladies.”
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The couple highlighted the selfless works of two women, Barbara and Trasha, who devote their time to running the shelter. The woman explained that the young ladies who come through the safe house would usually stay for around 90 days. After leaving an unsafe situation, girls ages five to twenty-one can seek shelter at the residence before transitioning into foster care, adoption, or moving out of town on their own.
“What this really stretches all of us to see is that home for a lot of people isn’t a safe place,” Joanna explained.
The couple collaborated with Barbara and Trasha to create a space that encouraged togetherness. Joanna also added her signature touch so that each girl would have their own unique space.
Watch the full clip here.
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