HOUSTON, TX (May 19, 2017) – Coventry Homes — in partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME — is breaking ground on a new custom home for U.S. Army SFC Demitra Jarrett in honor of her years of military service.
Jarrett discovered she would be the recipient of the mortgage-free home in a special surprise ceremony at the site of their new home in South Montgomery County’s Woodforest Thursday.
Gary Tesch, president of McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., parent company of Coventry Homes, said he felt it was important to continue his firm’s partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME to support veterans.
“There’s so much we’d like to do as a country and as an organization, and if there’s one thing we can do for all that you’ve sacrificed for me, my family and all of those here today, we should,” Tesch said during the event. “This is something we can do to give back, and we couldn’t be more excited about this process.”
Jarrett served two years in the Army Reserve before going on active duty in 2002. She has been deployed overseas multiple times — including twice to Iraq and once to Kuwait — and suffered serious injuries during her first deployment in 2003. After being diagnosed with lupus, Jarrett returned to duty in 2005. In 2012, she was accepted into Army Officer Candidate School (OCS), but was unable to attend due to her deteriorating condition. She served as a squad leader and platoon sergeant for the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Battalion before she medically retired from the Army in 2013. Jarrett has earned a multitude of awards during her time in the Army, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and many more.
Today, Jarrett suffers from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Coventry is building Jarrett’s new home to accommodate her wheelchair.
“I thank God for you and my mom,” Jarrett told well-wishers, including members of the Montgomery County fire and sheriff’s departments. “This is more than just a home for me. I struggle every day to get out of the bed and to get going, to find a reason, and this is hope for me just to keep going and to keep volunteering, and to find my purpose. I really appreciate you all just being here and for the support and giving back. This means so much, I can’t even express. Thank you so much. And to my fellow comrades and veterans, thank you. Thank all of you.”
Paul Blackburn, MHI region president for Houston, spoke during the event, as well.
“This day is more overwhelming than I could have imagined,” he said. “I’ve been involved in the construction of thousands of homes and never got so attached to a home more than this one.”
Jarrett, who holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and an associate’s degree in management studies, is continuing her education studying for a master’s degree in psychology. She said she plans to finish her Ph.D. in endocrinology/rheumatology and hopes to study her own illness and provide coping skills to fellow veterans suffering from PTSD.
“We are grateful to continue the outstanding relationship between Operation FINALLY HOME and Johnson Development,” said Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest. “Jarrett’s story will become part of the fabric that is the Woodforest community.”
Operation FINALLY HOME first selects a builder for each project and then moves on to choosing a veteran and location. Partnering with builders, developers, corporate sponsors, builder associations, individual contributors and volunteers, the organization is able to deliver a custom-built home mortgage free to selected military heroes. The announcement of the recipient is a surprise; Jarrett believed she was coming to Woodforest to meet with representatives of Operation FINALLY HOME and Coventry Homes as part of the application process.
Operation FINALLY HOME was founded in 2005 Texas custom homebuilder Dan Wallrath. Today, Operation FINALLY HOME has over 200 homes in 33 states that have either been completed, under construction or are currently in the planning stage. This is Coventry Homes’ second partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME. Woodforest developer; Johnson Development also partnered previously with the organization on several projects.
Learn more about Operation FINALLY HOME at www.operationfinallyhome.org and about Coventry Homes at www.coventryhomes.com. Details about Woodforest can be found at www.woodforest.com.
About Coventry Homes
Coventry Homes is an integral part of a group of companies including Plantation Homes and McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. The original founders continue to manage the company, leading a team of top professionals in architecture, construction, land, finance and customer service. Coventry Homes has won numerous local and state awards for best product design and has been building in Texas for more than 25 years, with current programs in Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. For more information, visit www.coventryhomes.com.
About McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc.
Since its inception in 1988, McGuyer Homebuilders exceeds customers’ expectations through quality service, construction, and value. McGuyer Homebuilders offers its award-winning designs under its signature brands – Plantation Homes, Coventry Homes and Wilshire Homes in five markets across Texas. Celebrating more than 25 years as a Texas homebuilder, McGuyer Homebuilders builds thousands of homes annually and is honored as one of the top 30 homebuilding firms in the nation. For more information, visit www.mcguyerhomebuilders.com.