Extreme Makeover, Home Edition may be gone, but the spirit of service among the builders that drove it is not. CalAtlantic Homes, in partnership with Operation: Coming Home (OCH), a 501-c3 nonprofit joint venture among the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County and various area nonprofits and businesses, broke ground on Monday for a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home with a game room and screened porch. The home, for a North Carolina Marine injured in action, will be built with wider doorways for wheelchair access and a wheelchair-accessible shower.
The new home will be situated in Morgan Park, a new CalAtlantic Homes community in the town of Holly Springs, NC. Morgan Park offers a community pool, a 24-hour fitness center and a children's play area. The location is walking distance to the town's greenway trail system and just a half mile from great schools.
The soldier, Staff Sergeant (SSGT) Brandan Lee Joseph Taylor, has served in the USMC for 10 years, eight of which he spent in the Marine Special Operations Command as a Marine Raider. He has been on four official deployments during his term. During a raid in the winter of 2014, SSGT Taylor sustained severe back, spine and knee injuries that caused him to be sent home and limited his ability to walk.
Said SSGT Taylor, "My family and I are looking forward to living in this beautiful new home and experiencing all of the activities and amenities that the community offers. I want to sincerely thank CalAtlantic Homes, Operation: Coming Home and the entire community for the outpouring of support."
"We are honored to have the opportunity to commit our time and resources to partner with Operation: Coming Home to create an exceptional home for such an extremely deserving American hero," said Troy George, Raleigh Division President for CalAtlantic Homes. "It is our hope that this home provides a backdrop for the Taylor family to make cherished memories for years to come."