Asheville Businesses Team up to Support Rebuilding in New Orleans: Extreme Makeover Home Edition to Air Sunday Night

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This Sunday's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition season finale will have a decidedly "Ashevillian" flavor.

This Sunday's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition season finale - which airs Sunday night at 7 p.m. eastern time on ABC - will have a decidedly "Ashevillian" flavor. That's because Asheville-based Deltec Homes and Eco-Builders stepped up and volunteered manpower and materials to construct a new church and several new homes in a hurricane-ravaged area of New Orleans.

When Jose Ibarra, President of Applied Solutions of Asheville, heard about the project he wanted to get involved, too.

Ibarra decided to do what he does best - donating his web and IT skills to help Deltec share their story. He and his team designed an entire website devoted to the project, which includes numerous photos, video and information about the New Orleans residents who were featured on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition segment. Ibarra's company also continues to maintain the site free of charge. The site can be accessed directly at or via the Deltec Homes web page at .

ABC is billing this Sunday's show as "the most powerful season finale in Extreme history." Ibarra was inspired to help when he heard one of the show's producers speak at Deltec Homes, who served as the lead contractor for the project.

"They were very genuine and loved the work done by Deltec Homes - the house, the church, labor and materials were all being donated by Deltec and builders across the country," Ibarra said.

"Deltec and Eco-Builders are representative of the type of people who live in Asheville, those who roll up their sleeves and step up to help when needed, especially on a project of this magnitude," said Applied Solutions VP Brian Lindgren, who is assisting with the company's donated web hosting effort. "We felt it was important to give them a means to share what they did with people around the country. Our hope is that it will inspire others to also get involved."

Applied Solutions' commitment to "giving back" in the Asheville community is unwavering. The company has already donated websites to YMCA of Western North Carolina ( ), Team-Ecco ( ), Georges Boxing ( ), and is currently working on a website that will be donated to Eblen-Kimmel Charitable Group ( ).

Applied Solutions is a privately-held Asheville-based Managed IT Services company that was formed in 2001 to meet the IT needs of growing companies. The company provides outsourced IT, Web Design, and Web Development services both locally and nationally. For additional information visit .


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