It was one of the greatest days of her life. In 2008, Arlene Nickless’ house was entirely renovated on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Lastly, she and her kids had the dream home they so deserved.
The Nickless’ were chosen for the TV show after Arlene’s husband died abruptly. While she fought to raise their three children, her story touched the hearts of the ABC producers. Soon, hundreds of neighbors were pitching in to help as the professionals turned her 3,200-square-foot Michigan house into a gorgeous and functional living space.
At first, Arlene was able to afford the mortgage. But over the years, property taxes tripled. And after a couple emergency expenses, she got behind on the bills. She tried desperately to work with the Mortgage Company, but claims her efforts were entirely ignored.
Nine years after appearing on reality TV, Arlene and her children were evicted. In the heartbreaking video below, Inside Edition cameras visit Arlene and document the process as she and her kids scramble to pack up and transfer as many belongings as possible into the moving van.
We hope Arlene’s family is able to pick up the pieces. If you would like to help the Nickless family in any way, please visit their GoFundMe page.