Building Homes for Heroes seeks to expand in-home gift program to first responders

Proposal to add more beneficiaries comes as Army veteran accepts 300 milestonee residence

NORTH LAKE, Texas, September 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Building Homes for Heroes, a nonprofit organization that has provided mortgage-free housing to military veterans for 16 years, announced today that it is seeking to expand the national program to police, firefighters and other emergency first responders.

The decision to expand its mission to support first responders – a move unveiled the day before the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks – came as the organization marked a 300 milestonee house, given to an army veteran Jonathan Marchand. He had just returned from duty in bosnia when he suffered a quadriplegic spinal cord injury in a car accident.

Merchant, an Army specialist stationed in Texas’ Fort Hood, didn’t let that 1999 crash define it. Doctors told him that if he survived he could not expect to be on his own and would have a limited life. Instead, he regained some feeling in his arms, becoming a competitive cyclist, swimmer and triathlete.

He was the first quadriplegic to complete the half ironman distance in a race sponsored by the Challenged Athletes Foundation and he regularly competes in similar events. A certified life coach, he now seeks to inspire others in the face of adversity.

Founder of Building Homes for Heroes, businessman Andy Pujol, said the courage and sacrifice of veterans is inspiring, as is the work and dedication to the emergency first responder community. The addition of this group to the program reflects the organization’s commitment to honoring those who serve their country.

The organization, incorporated in New York, filed its home-based program expansion plans with the state attorney general’s charities office. Although Building Homes for Heroes cannot currently accept donations to benefit first responders, it expects to receive state approval soon, enabling fundraising for the new program by the end of the year. ‘year.

“Our goal will always be to donate, modify and build a house, every 11 days, on average,” Pujol said. “That will never change. But our organization was founded to support our heroes who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom. who proudly don their uniforms and risk everything to protect us.”

Next year, Building Homes for Heroes hopes to offer its 343rd house around September 11, 2023in honor of the 343 members of the New York City Fire Department died on September 11, 2001.

At Saturday’s ceremony, Merchant, 45, and his wife, Stephanie, received an ADA-modified four-bedroom, three-bathroom home built by the award-winning company Texas homebuilder Highland Homes in partnership with Hillwood, a Perot Company.

Located in Pecan Square, a Hillwood Communities development in Northlake, it is the second home in the Building Homes for Heroes campaign, for the fifth consecutive year, to donate, modify and build 11 homes in 11 weeks, marking the anniversary of September 11th and Veterans Day.

“This amazing gift is more than just a home,” Merchant said. “It’s the financial freedom to start a family, physically to be able to expand our family. It’s the key to fulfilling the dreams in our hearts and doing something for ourselves that we couldn’t do alone.”

Merchant retired from the military after three years of service. He has received numerous honors including the Army Medal of Honor, NATO Medal, Liberation Hero Award, Basic Training Badge, and Infantry Expert Badge. .

Following the ceremony, a celebration is planned within Pecan Square for the entire community in recognition of Building Homes for Heroes’ 300e residence. Pujol, Perot and other dignitaries will be present.

Build houses for heroes
Building Homes for Heroes builds and provides mortgage-free homes, and performs home modifications, for veterans and their families, and provides other services along their path to recovery to help them live promising lives. and fulfilling. The organization said 95.19% of every dollar donated in 2021 went directly to its mission, the 10th consecutive year achieving a program rating of at least 93%. It has also received a perfect 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for six consecutive years, including 100% for transparency and accountability. See

Hillwooda Perot company, is a leading commercial and residential real estate developer, investor and property advisor across North America and Europe. With a diverse portfolio of properties and home to many of the world’s largest companies, Hillwood is committed to delivering long-term value to our customers, partners and the communities we serve. Through its Communities division, Hillwood has delivered nearly 40,000 single-family lots in 103 planned communities in 13 states. These communities continue to raise the bar in terms of quality, innovation and the unmistakable sense of community that sets each property apart. See

Highland houses
Founded in 1985, Highland Homes is an employee-owned company that builds nearly 4,000 homes across Texas every year and is one of the nation’s largest and most trusted new single-family home builders. A commitment to excellence has earned the company numerous industry awards, including consistent high rankings by JD Power and Associates. See

Media contact:
Briana Herrington
Hill+Knowlton Strategies

SOURCE Hillwood Communities

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