Homes for Heroes August Update
Local hero, Michael Vasquez and family to receive mortgage-free home.
Since May, we have been following the progress of the home being built for local hero Michael Vasquez and his family through the Lubbock Homes for Heroes program. This program provides mortgage-free homes to local heroes.
In 2010, the West Texas Home Builders Association established the non-profit organization, Lubbock Homes for Heroes, Inc.
The mission of this charity is to promote community welfare by providing homes for military and first-responder families with special needs in the Lubbock community. Proceeds from the annual Parade of Homes and the Home and Garden Show go toward the building of these homes.
This year, the organization’s sixth home is being built in Preston Manor for Michael Vasquez and his family.
Vasquez, a graduate of Estacado High School, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2005. He served as an infantry machine gunner in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2007-2009. Vasquez was injured in the line of duty and underwent several years of medical treatment.
Plumbers and electricians have completed their work on the house, and the exterior is in progress.
WTHBA held a dedication ceremony on August 1. Builders, contractors and community leaders and members all gathered in the Vasquez home to write messages on the beams and honor this family before the interior of the home is completed. “This home is being built for them mortgage free, and we owe this home to the Vasquez family because they have already paid a mortgage,” said Robert Holmes, developer for Preston Manor.
South Plains Electric Cooperative is providing the electricity during the construction phase and will continue to serve the Vasquez home once it is completed.
Check back with us next month to see what progress has been made on this home.