Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Documentary Tells the Story of a Builders Care 'Miracle'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Documentary Tells the Story of a Builders Care 'Miracle'

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Byline: SUSAN D. BRANDENBURG

Several dozen people milled about in front of the San Marco Theatre one evening shortly before Christmas, anticipating the premiere of a special local movie.

Although produced professionally by DeepLight Television and slated for possible national airing, the Builders Care ICI Homes Christmas Show was very much a family affair.

"It's about my family," said Melisa Page-Bailie, a Westside mother of nine children, eight of them adopted. "And it's also a story about God's miracles and how a whole community of his children came together to help my family."

As the Page-Bailie family piled out of the van in front of the theater, the crowd surged toward them, enveloping them in hugs. Laci, Jordan and Gabriel, the youngest of the Page-Bailie children, leapt into the waiting arms of Bill Wilson and Chris Simons of Builders Care, and Don Wilford, president of ICI Homes, the leaders of the team that gave them an extreme home makeover in July.

"This movie is the culmination of the project," said Wilson, "but these kids have become like family to all of us."

When Wilson talks of "all of us," he refers to the hundreds of community partners involved in helping Builders Care add 1,500 square feet of living space to Page-Bailie's century-old house.

The charitable arm of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, Builders Care partnered with ICI Homes, the U.S. Navy, Sisler-Johnson Interiors, St. Johns Presbyterian Church and numerous electrical, plumbing and building contractors in completing the ambitious build for the family of 10.

Many of those who contributed time and resources for the two-week build were on hand for the premiere of the movie that resulted.

More than 100 hours of filming went into the 90-minute documentary, chronicling not only the transformation of the home, but that of the lives of the former foster children who are now permanent residents.

"That's one unique aspect of the Builders Care TV shows," said filmmaker Mick Richards of DeepLight Television. "The shows are all about everyone involved in each project, with the focus on the family. …

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