Homes for Heroes
In 2010, the West Texas Home Builders Association made the decision to begin honoring local heroes and their families by giving them a mortgage-free home.
The WTHBA established a non-profit organization called Lubbock Homes for Heroes, Inc., where homes would be built and gifted to heroes in the Lubbock community. 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 towards the building of these homes.
This year, the organization’s sixth home will be built 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.
Among his many other military awards, Vasquez received the Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart for his service to the United States of America.
The lot where the Vasquez home will be located is in Preston Manor and was donated to the Lubbock Homes for Heroes project two years ago. Dan Wilson Homes is serving as the lead builder of this project. South Plains Electric Cooperative will be serving the Vasquez family.
“When we build these projects, it is an association-wide effort where multiple builders will take on certain aspects of the house,” said Gena Godinez, WTHBA executive officer. “We already have a lot of the materials donated by suppliers. I am always amazed by the generosity of our members and the Lubbock community,” said Godinez.
Make sure to follow along with us over the next six months and watch the progress of this home.
Dirt work on the future Vasquez home began on May 1.