SouthStar Communities is especially grateful to our military personnel who fight for our freedom and sacrifice so much for our country.
To honor these American heroes, SouthStar has partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME, which provides wounded and disabled veterans with new homes. To date, 11 properties have been provided to this worthy cause in SouthStar neighborhoods across Texas.
Dan Wallrath, founder of Operation FINALLY HOME, was honored as one of CNN’s Heroes of 2010 for the work he has done fulfilling the dreams of so many veterans at several SouthStar communities including Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard, King Oaks and Lake Ridge at Joe Pool Lake.
Operation FINALLY HOME works with home builders and developers to commit to building a home. Once the commitment is in place, the program works hand-in-hand with building suppliers to get much needed material and manpower donated to drive the cost of the home down.
While these mortgage-free custom homes range from $150,000 to $350,000, the homes cost less than $80,000 to build through the efforts of the community.
With help and support, Operation FINALLY HOME will be able to continue to give America’s wounded war heroes a home that will help them succeed in their challenging new world so they may ultimately enjoy a productive and rewarding life.
For more information on Operation FINALLY HOME projects, visit the individual community sites below.
For Wallrath, giving wounded veterans a place to call home is his way of saying thanks. Since 2005, his organization has built more than 40 homes across the United States.
Wallrath spent 30 years making upscale clients’ dream houses a reality. But he found a new mission in 2005 when he met with Steve Schulz about a very different type of project.
“It really broke my heart to think about these young men and women,” he said. He decided the best way he could help wounded veterans was by doing what he knew best: building them homes.
He took his idea to his local trade group, the Bay Area Builders Association, and convinced members to start a home-building program for wounded veterans.
With donations from suppliers and contractors, Wallrath said each house is fully furnished and customized to meet the needs of each family and is mortgage-free. The group also covers the taxes and insurance for two years.