Homes for Heroes
The Rivenbarks received the keys to their new specially adapted home during the dedication ceremony on August 18, 2015, which was attended by Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, Aberdeen Mayor Robert Farrell, veterans, active-duty soldiers, military family members, and others.
HelpingaHero.org selected SGT (Ret.) Jonathan Rivenbark as the recipient of the Legacy Lakes Hero Project new home. Sgt. Rivenbark spends the majority of his time in a wheelchair and uses a stimulator to help fire the muscles in his legs. Jonathan and his wife Yulia are excited about moving into their specially adapted home and living a more independent daily life in Legacy Lakes.
McKee Homes built the new specially adapted home for Sgt. Rivenbark in our Legacy Lakes Community in Aberdeen, NC. It has been customized to accommodate all of Sgt. Rivenbark's physical adaptation needs because of permanent nerve and muscle damage from being seriously wounded in 2012 during his second tour in Afghanistan. This specially adapted one-story home has extra-wide doorways, no carpet, no steps, lower countertops, and a roll-in shower to accommodate Jonathan’s wheelchair, as well as wheelchair accessible sidewalks around the entire house.
McKee Homes, Legacy Lakes, and Mountain Real Estate Capital partnered with Helping A Hero in this project and have donated the bulk of the cost of the 2,511-square-foot home, which is valued at $323,147.
Helping a Hero’s executive director, retired colonel Jeff Ragland, said that recipients are required to carry a mortgage of about $50,000 and commit to staying in the home at least 10 years. "We want to empower them,” he said. “We don’t want to give them a handout; we want to give them a hand up."
McKee Homes is one of the few homebuilders in North Carolina that is experienced with Department of Veteran Affairs’ Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) guidelines, processes and additional inspections and will meet the necessary requirements with our adaptive floor plans and new home construction.
McKee Homes has worked with many disabled veterans and even adapted some of our two-story homes for those with specific needs. We are happy to discuss the customization of almost any of our floor plans to meet the needs of anyone who is physically disabled to make sure their new home feels like home and help them feel comfortable and self-reliant.
HelpingaHero.org is the 2nd largest national organization building homes for our severely wounded heroes injured in theater during the War on Terror. HelpingaHero.org is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building adapted homes for our heroes who are missing limbs, are paraplegics, quadriplegics, severe burn victims, suffer from severe TBI, etc. They have awarded 90 homes in 21 states and are committed to helping our brave and courageous wounded warriors on their road to recovery.