Perry Homes Breaks Ground On Home For Purple Heart Recipient With New Partners Building Homes For Heroes & Hillwood Communities
New Home to be Specially Designed and Built for Combat Veteran in Wolf Ranch by Hillwood Communities
AUSTIN, August 27, 2020 — Perry Homes, Building Homes for Heroes, and Hillwood Communities recently broke ground on the construction of a specialized home for Army veteran Sgt. Kristopher Biggs, who was severely injured while serving overseas. This is the first time the three organizations have partnered together to construct a new home for a wounded veteran. This marks Perry Homes’ twelfth specially built home to be donated to an injured soldier. The new home, located in Wolf Ranch by Hillwood Communities, will be built specifically to accommodate the individual needs of Sgt. Biggs.
“Perry Homes is honored to have the opportunity to construct a new, carefully-crafted home for Sergeant Kristopher Biggs, a true American hero,” said Chris Little, Perry Homes City President, Austin/San Antonio. “Perry Homes greatly values the sacrifice our servicemen and women make every day in this country, and around the world. They represent one of our core ‘Champion Charities’. We are also excited to partner with Building Homes for Heroes and Hillwood Communities to give back to this dedicated veteran, and hope it allows this Hero to have a more comfortable, personalized living experience in his new home.” Located near the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, and less than a mile from the intersection of Hwy 29 and I-35, Wolf Ranch offers its residents a truly unique community setting. Wolf Ranch families enjoy immediate access to retail, restaurants, state of the art on-site amenities, and an abundance of open spaces and trails, as well as all the attributes offered by the Georgetown Independent School District. In addition, residents also have exclusive access to year-round activities and events coordinated through the community’s onsite lifestyle director.
"Hillwood Communities is excited to partner with Perry Homes and Building Homes for Heroes to gift Sergeant Biggs with this special home,” said Duke Kerrigan, Hillwood Communities Austin General Manager. “We fully support our country’s veterans and continually work to give back to these brave men and women. Hillwood Communities is thrilled to welcome Sgt. Biggs as the newest resident in our beautiful community of Wolf Ranch. We hope he makes many wonderful memories here for years to come.” Sergeant Biggs served in the military for seven years, which included two deployments to Iraq. During his second tour, Sgt. Biggs was injured in an explosion that rendered him unconscious, leading to traumatic brain and leg damage. He spent many years working to salvage his leg before it was ultimately amputated. Since then, Sgt. Biggs has become heavily involved in various adaptive sports endeavors – particularly adapted surfing.
“I’m beyond grateful for the generous efforts of Perry Homes, Building Homes for Heroes and Hillwood Communities in providing me with a specialized home in Wolf Ranch,” said Sgt. Biggs. “I could not be more appreciative, and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the community’s modern amenities and lifestyle programs. I can’t wait to sit outside on the outdoor patio and grill up some Texas barbeque with my neighbors. I know I’ll feel right at home here in Georgetown.”
Perry Homes is working closely with Building Homes for Heroes and Hillwood Communities to design a handicap-accessible 1,800 sq. ft. home featuring three bedrooms and two bathrooms, in addition to a private home office and an extended covered backyard patio. Some construction modifications will include an adapted primary bathroom shower, custom kitchen cabinetry, wider hallways, and other safety features designed for Sgt. Biggs. The specialized Perry home is expected to be completed by December.
"We are pleased to provide Sergeant Biggs with this specially-modified, mortgage-free home," said Christie Christian, Director of Texas, Building Homes for Heroes. "We’re honored to be able to show just a small portion of our gratitude to Sgt. Biggs for his selflessness and heroism while serving this country. In building this specialized new home, we hope to offer Sgt. Biggs a little more flexibility and freedom in his day-to-day life, just as he has done for others in this country throughout his military career.”
The nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show has also been a major contributor to this home project, raising more than $110,000 through the show’s #PIMPINJOY movement. This philanthropic campaign, spearheaded by American radio and television personality Bobby Jones, is dedicated to helping neighbors in need. Funds raised through the movement’s merchandise page, The Shop Forward, will be donated to modify and design the new home specifically for Sgt. Biggs.
For more information on Building Homes for Heroes, visit www.buildinghomesforheroes.org
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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. Its 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 worlds 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