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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Posted on January 1st, 2017 at 2:51 PM
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

The Maleno team had the wonderful opportunity to be the home builder for the show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when coming to Erie to film an episode.

Clara Ward and FamilyMeet the Family

Having cast the adversity of her health and surroundings aside to run a nonprofit youth development and family center from her Erie home, Clara Ward and her family have been chosen to receive an extreme home makeover from ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Erie builder John Maleno and his team from Maleno Development, the television show's team leader Ty Pennington, Ty's designers and hundreds of volunteers will rebuild Clara's home in a mere seven days, enabling her to continue her incredible work supporting her neighborhood's underprivileged children.

Having experienced a childhood of hardship, Clara vowed to make a difference for the next generation. Neither modest means nor the challenges of Myasthenia Gravis, a degenerative muscular disease, have stopped her so far. For decades, Clara has put her personal needs second to feeding, clothing and nurturing children in her home, organizing charitable drives, arranging field trips, tutoring, giving cooking lessons and much more.

But the rampant disrepair of her crumbling two-story home -- including a cracked foundation, a leaky roof, peeling walls and a faulty sewage line -- increasingly threatens the lifelong mission that means so much to Clara and those in her neighborhood. Furthermore, the house lacks the wheelchair accessibility she needs, requiring her to stay with her daughter and head back and forth each day.

While the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" team, Erie's Maleno Development, workers, and volunteers rebuild Clara's home, the Ward family will go on vacation to Walt Disney World.

Meet the Team

Co-founded in 1976 by John Maleno and his wife, Lynn, Maleno Development began as a husband-and-wife building and remodeling operation in Erie, Pa. Since then, the company has built more than 1,000 homes and apartments in their hometown. Maleno Development has changed the face of many Erie areas by creating beautiful neighborhoods and residential communities on otherwise undeveloped lands. What started with the Calico Fields subdivision off of West 38th Street now includes 13 residential developments. Today, five of John Maleno's seven children, his sister, and his son-in-law are part of what is now a full-service real estate team that specializes in construction, land development, property management and real-estate sales.

Maleno Family & Development TeamThe Maleno Family: Pictured from Left

  • Jarrod Maleno: Real Estate Agent/Marketing
  • Julie Maleno: Leasing Agent
  • Natalie Washburn: Real Estate Agent/Marketing
  • John Maleno: President and Developer
  • Anne Maleno: Property Manager
  • Dominic Maleno: Builder

Other Maleno Development Team Members:

  • Sally Maleno: Leasing Agent
  • James Washburn: Rental Property Maintenance Manager
  • Mark Callista: Maintenance Technician
  • Kathy Nagare: Office Manager
  • Jeff Brown: Finish Crew
  • Chuck Turner: Finish Crew


"We don't want the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' build to be our first and last charitable project; we are committed to giving back on an ongoing basis." 

John Maleno

Founder and President

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