Supporting Army Veteran with Mortgage Free HomeAugust 07, 2020
PERRY HOMES PARTNERS WITH BUILDING HOMES FOR HEROES AND HILLWOOD COMMUNITIES TO CONSTRUCT HOME FOR WOUNDED VETERAN
Specially-Designed Home to be Built in Wolf Ranch Development by Hillwood Communities
AUSTIN — Perry Homes, Building Homes for Heroes, and Hillwood Communities today announced their first-ever partnership to construct a specialized home in Wolf Ranch, a master-planned development by Hillwood Communities, for an Army veteran who was severely injured while serving overseas. Army Sgt. Kristopher Biggs lost his left leg and suffered a traumatic brain injury during an attack in Iraq in 2007, and will receive one of 40 mortgage-free homes donated to injured soldiers this year through the Building Homes for Heroes organization. Sgt. Biggs was awarded the Purple Heart, among many other prestigious honors, for his dedication and service.
Located in Georgetown along the banks of the San Gabriel River and less than a mile from the intersection of Hwy 29 and I-35, the Wolf Ranch community offers beautiful first-class amenities. Wolf Ranch residents have exclusive access to a state-of-the-art amenity center, a resort-style infinity edge pool, pocket green spaces & parks, miles of scenic hiking trails, a playground, a large indoor lounge and kitchen area, an impressive outdoor patio and grilling area, and an onsite lifestyle program with scheduled activities for its residents year-round.
“Perry Homes is so proud to be partnering for the first time with Building Homes for Heroes to give back to this brave, selfless hero who sacrificed greatly for our country,” said Chris Little, Perry Homes City President, Austin/San Antonio. “Perry Homes has long supported veterans in need through the construction of beautifully-designed homes, modified to enable these former servicemen and women to thrive on their own. To date we’ve built and donated eleven homes to well-deserving military families through other organizations who also provide homes for veterans. We are honored to offer Sgt. Biggs with a new home that will be carefully designed and specifically crafted for his individual needs.”
Perry Homes will be working closely with Building Homes for Heroes to design a handicap-accessible 1,800 sq. ft. home featuring three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a home office, and an extended covered patio. Some adaptations include wider hallways, custom kitchen cabinetry, a modified primary bathroom shower, and other safety features designed specifically for Sgt. Biggs.
“Having a brand-new home fitted to my specific needs is a dream come true, and I could not be more appreciative of the great work Perry Homes and Building Homes for Heroes are doing for wounded veterans in this country,” said Sgt. Biggs. “They’re not just building new homes for veterans – they are building futures. I’m grateful beyond words for the opportunity to rebuild my life and my future after losing my leg, and this new home will allow me to do that as independently as possible. This kind of compassion touches your soul, and it motivates you to keep moving forward beyond every obstacle.”
The local Perry Homes construction management team holds a personal stake in building this new home for Sgt. Biggs. Project Manager Artie Ellis, an Army veteran himself, will be the lead supervisor on the construction of the home and will oversee every special modification needed for Sgt. Biggs. The official groundbreaking of the new home is slated for August, with a final completion date expected later this year.
“I have a deep sense of pride for this country. While in the Army, I discovered my passion for effective leadership in high-pressure situations,” said Ellis. “My time with Perry Homes has provided me the opportunity to expand my leadership skills to support my team, allowing us to accomplish something that we can all be proud of each day. Being able to build this home for a fellow soldier gives me a unique opportunity to put my patriotism into action yet again and create a place where Sgt. Biggs and his family can make great memories for years to come.”
Hillwood Communities has a strong history and commitment to the veteran community,” said Duke Kerrigan, Hillwood Communities Austin General Manager. “Since 2017, Hillwood Communities has worked with Building Homes for Heroes to deliver three homes for selected veterans in several of our master-planned communities throughout the State of Texas. We are proud to participate in this opportunity and will contribute by donating the homesite so that the benefits are passed along to Sgt. Biggs.”
Another large contributor to this new home project is American radio and television personality Bobby Bones, who has also partnered with Building Homes for Heroes to provide Sgt. Biggs with this specially modified 1800S Perry Homes design. The nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show has already raised more than $110,000 through the show’s #PIMPINJOY movement, dedicated to helping those in need. Funds raised via the movement’s merchandise page, The Shop Forward, will be donated to help adapt and outfit the home for Sgt. Biggs.
For more information on Building Homes for Heroes, visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.
About Perry Homes
Perry Homes, a Texas homebuilder for over 50 years, is committed to providing exceptional value, quality and customer service. Family-owned and operated, Perry Homes has spent over 50 years building a sterling reputation as one of the largest and most trusted homebuilders in Texas. Perry Homes offers a variety of new home designs in over 55 communities throughout Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Perry Homes is dedicated to providing first-class customer service before, during and after the sale. The company’s continuing loyalty to customers, combined with their distinguished reputation, creates an unrivaled demand for Perry Homes. For more information, please visit www.perryhomes.com.
About Building Homes for Heroes
Counting thirteen consecutive years of record-setting growth, Building Homes for Heroes® builds and gifts mortgage-free homes, and completes home modifications, for veterans and their families, and provides further services along their road to recovery to help them live a promising and fulfilling life ahead. The organization is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country after September 11, 2001, during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization has received a perfect 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for four straight years, including a 100% in transparency and accountability. It's our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country. To learn more about the organization, visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.
About Hillwood Communities
Hillwood, a Perot company, is a premier commercial and residential real estate developer, investor and advisor of properties throughout North America and Europe. With a diverse portfolio of properties and home to many of the world's leading companies, Hillwood is committed to bringing long-term value to our customers, partners and the communities we serve. Through its Communities division, Hillwood has delivered more than 30,000 single-family lots in 90 master-planned communities across 13 states and two countries. These communities continue to raise the bar in terms of quality, innovation, and the unmistakable sense of community that sets each property apart. Before laying the physical groundwork for any new residential development, Hillwood Communities takes the time to focus on the ideals that draw people together — and the everyday interactions that strengthen those bonds. By purposefully designing its walkways, gathering spaces, and structural amenities to spark spontaneous encounters and foster shared interests, Hillwood Communities creates community in every sense. For more information, please visit www.hillwoodcommunities.com.