The Dallas Builders Association's preferred charity is Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization that provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed to defend our country and way of life.
Currently the Dallas Builders Association is searching for a lot and builder to start on our next project.
Previously, the Dallas Builders Association has been involved in providing five veterans and their families with a home to call their own – all due in part to the generosity of Dallas BA members.
Tim Jackson Custom Homes built a home in Little Elm on a lot donated by Warren Clark Development Co. Inc. for U.S. Army Sergeant Stephen Jackel and his family. SouthStar Communities, Victory Custom Homes and the Retired NFL Players Association worked with the Dallas BA to build a home in Cedar Hill for Marine Sergeant Ken Kalish. Sgt. Kalish was presented his mortgage-free home on Sept. 8, 2014. The Oak Point project for U.S. Army SSGT. James Sackett was led by Michael Turner with Classic Urban Homes in conjunction with the Dallas Division. U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Jerry Holcomb’s home is located in Rockwall and was led by Mike Mishler of Mishler Builders. Altura Homes spearheaded the project for Sgt. Rivas in Greenville, TX, with the support of Family of 3 - A Robert Griffin III Foundation. Details of these projects can be found under the Past Projects tab.
"These heroes have given so much to preserve and protect the American Dream," said Dallas BA Executive Officer Phil Crone. "Our partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME is aimed at providing these heroes and their families with the American Dream of homeownership.”
Operation FINALLY HOME was founded in 2005 as a non-partisan/non-profit organization with the mission to provide Americans the ability to honor and thank America’s heroes. Severely wounded and disabled service members return home to confront extreme hardships, from physical and emotional disabilities to financial ruin, joblessness and homelessness. Dismayed by their plight, the Dallas Builders Association is working with Operation FINALLY HOME to address the most pressing need of our returning heroes—a home to call their own!
This home has been built in the Sanctuary at Lake Ridge in Cedar Hill by Victory Custom Homes in partnership with SouthStar Communities and the Former NFL Players Association. The recipient of the home is Marine Sgt. Ken Kalish. Kalish and his dog Fynn were trained to detect IEDs. He only had 30 days left on his tour of duty when he stepped on an IED and was severely injured. Sgt. Kalish was presented the keys to his mortgage-free custom home on September 8, 2014.
Sgt. Stephen Jackel Project
U.S. Army Sgt. Stephen Jackel and his family moved into their new home in Paloma Creek in Little Elm May 31, 2014. The home was built by Dallas BA Past President Tim Jackson on a lot donated by Warren Clark Development. In August 2011, while performing convoy security duties in Afghanistan, an IED exploded under the vehicle he occupied with his team. After the blast, Sgt. Jackel saved the lives of his team members by helping get them out of the vehicle and physically put out a fire inside the vehicle with his own leg. He sustained injuries resulting in required bilateral leg amputations as well as a traumatic brain injury.
Thanks to Operation FINALLY HOME, the Dallas Division of the Dallas BA and Classic Urban Homes, SSgt. Sackett and his family have a new home to call their own in Oak Point, Texas. Sackett was severely injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol in Baghdad and has a number of injuries, including chronic neck pain, nerve damage in his right leg caused by shrapnel and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Sackett family was presented with keys to their new custom-built on on August 12, 2016.
This house was constructed by Mishler Builders in Rockwall, TX. Jerry Holcomb and his family moved in to their new home on June 24, 2016. Holcomb suffers from a variety of health issues as a result of his deployments, including a traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and neck, shoulder and back pain.
U.S. Army First Sgt. Guillermo Rivas and his family moved into their new home in Greenville, TX in November 2016. The home was built by Dallas BA Past President Donnie Evans of Altura Homes. During his years of service, Rivas received several accolades including a Purple Heart, four Meritorious Service Medals, a Navy/Marine Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal and many more. Rivas retired in October 2014, when his injuries prevented him from continuing his military career.
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Operation Finally Home
Operation Finally Home
Operation Finally Home Reception at 2013 Dallas Builders Show
Sgt. Ken Kalish Project Groundbreaking
Sgt. Ken Kalish Project Dedication Ceremony
Sgt. Stephen Jackel Project Groundbreaking
Sgt. Stephen Jackel Project Stud Signing Fundraiser
Sgt. Stephen Jackel Project Donor Party
Sgt. Stephen Jackel Project Dedication Ceremony
Sgt. Holcomb Project Groundbreaking
Sgt. Holcomb Project Notes of Love
Sgt. Holcomb Project Dedication Ceremony
Sgt. Sackett Reveal
Sackett Project Groundbreaking
Sackett Dedication Ceremony
Big Shot Shootout
Sgt. Rivas Project Groundbreaking
Sgt. Rivas Notes of Love Event