After performing “Extreme Makeovers” on Middletown homes for 10 years, Berachah Church is switching gears.
The church has repaired 60 residences and now it’s time to honor mothers, said Pastor Lamar Ferrell, who called motherhood “the toughest job in the world.”
So in honor of that tireless work, Ferrell said three Middletown mothers will win “Extreme Mom Makeovers” just in time for Mother’s Day. The winners, who must be nominated, will receive day-long pampering, valued at $1,000, courtesy of the church and area businesses. Written nominations must be mailed to Berachah Church, P.O. Box 156, Middletown, Ohio, 45042. Nomination deadline is April 29.
The nominees must live in Middletown and be raising at least one child at home, Ferrell said.
The women will be picked up in a limousine on May 11 and driven to Mitchell’s Salon in West Chester for a massage. Then they will be taken to the Cincinnati Outlet Mall in Monroe for a shopping spree.
From there, the women will receive a haircut, make-up, manicure and pedicure at Salon Halo in Middletown.
The evening will conclude with dinner at Gracie’s in downtown Middletown where each winner will be allowed to invite one guest. Winners, Ferrell said, must be able to go on May 11. The day will begin at 8 a.m. and end by 8 p.m.
The winners will be “treated like queens,” Ferrell said. “Time to love on three moms.”
Berachah started renovating homes in the city in 2007, and in the last 10 years, has repaired 60 residences. One year, Ferrell said, the church, supported by financial assistance from the city, repaired 54 residences and got them up to code.
The last two years, church and community volunteers have spent their summers building Elley’s Hope Playground near Lefferson Park and the church in the former Verity Middle School on Johns Road. The playground features equipment for children with disabilities and those without.
The playground is named in honor of Elley Ferrell, the daughter of Lamar Ferrell and his wife, Maryanne. Elley was born with spina bifida.
After completing last year’s “Extreme Makeover,” Ferrell said God told him: “Oh, this phase for the time being is over. It has run its course. Something else is coming.”
Earlier this year, the church hosted One Special Night, a formal dance for Middletown students with disabilities, then later this year, will host Hope Over Heroin. Ferrell said the church’s goal is to “reach the people that nobody wants by doing the things nobody wants to do.”
Then he added: “We wonderfully love our community. We brighten, help, love and serve our community. We are not spectators.”
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