The Woodlands, TX – January 14, 2012 – Texas Sentinels Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Wounded Warriors on their road to recovery, handed over the keys to a debt-free home to retired Army veteran Chris Sanford in a ceremony on Saturday.
Family, friends, neighbors and general well-wishers lined the streets to watch the parade and to welcome the Sanfords to their new home. The Patriot Guard, who escorted Chris and his family home from the airport when Chris arrived back in Texas last summer, stood with over 50 flags in front of the home.
Representatives from the Texas Sentinels Foundation spoke at the ceremony, which concluded with TSF co-founders Richard and Jeanne Filip presenting the deed to Chris and his wife Christine.
Chris, who was severely injured by an IED in Iraq, is the fifth soldier in Texas to receive a debt-free home through the nonprofit organization.
“This home is more than we could have ever dreamed of,” said Chris. “Our cups run over with gratitude for everyone for the things you have done to make this possible. We know what it means to have a destiny-altering gift. Christine and I want to make sure that each person involved with making this happen for us know how much we appreciate everything you have done.”
See more photos from the event:
- Photos by Raul Giorgi, RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring
- Photos by RE/MAX of Texas
- Photos by The Woodlands Development Company
- Photos by Dave Bryan, America’s Heroes First Foundation
The project was made possible by the generous support of its team members, RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, Ryland Homes, Post Custom Homes, The Woodlands Development Company, and the many grateful community members who have participated in fundraising events.
Additionally, TSF would like to thank the many subcontractors and businesses who generously donated their time, materials, labor, etc. to this project, including: 84 Lumber, Action Landscape, Allpoints Builder Surveying, Alpha Environmental Mgmt Corp, Arena Fence Company, Arrow Mirror & Glass, Inc., Austin Windstorm Construction, Best Masonry, Boise Distribution, Boral Bricks Inc., Builders First Source S. TX, Bulldog Security, Burgess Construction Consultants, Inc., Carrier, Cast Fireplaces, Classic Lighting, L.P., Cunningham Gas Company, DataSmart, EIC, Inc dba Comfort Home Corp., Gallery Furniture, General Electric Appliances, Gulf Coast Fan & Light, Heatilator Fireplaces, Hoelscher Weatherstrip Mfg Co, Hometeam Pest Defense, Honeywell, Hou-Tex Glass & Mirror, HTMS, Inc., James Hardie, L & S Plumbing Partnership Ltd., Landmark Electric, Lone Star Air Systems, Louisiana Pacific, Maintenance Builders Supply, Ltd., Masterbrand Cabinets, Moen, Owens Corning, PCM Construction Services, LLC, Perfection Wholesale Supply, Inc., Post Tension Solutions of Texas, PPG Paint, Progress Lighting, Rhino Shield, Rock Materials, Rodriguez Roofing Co., Royal Baths, Schlage Locks, Simpson Strongtie, Slabworks, Solid Rock Masonry Const., Inc, Sprint Sand & Clay, LP, Stewart Door Corporation, Storm Water Solutions LP, Synergy Design & Build, Texan Drywall Inc., Texas Inspection Partners, Therma Tru Doors, Thermoply Sheathing, Total Enclosures, USG, Vellux Skylights, Wayne Dalton Garage Doors, Williams Insulation, Wisenbaker Builder Services, Inc.
What’s next for the couple? “I hope all of us continue to stay involved in their lives, and see if they need help from time to time, and just be their friends – because you could not ask for a nicer couple to have as friends,” said Jeanne.
Richard Filip also announced plans for a new TSF team in the Spring area, to be led by RE/MAX Realty Center broker/owner Gayla Skates.
Texas Sentinels Foundation was established in 2007 to provide debt-free homes and create life-changing opportunities for Wounded Warriors and their families.
For more information about Texas Sentinels Foundation, including a schedule of upcoming events, please visit www.TexasSentinels.org, or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TexasSentinelsFoundation.
- The Woodlands Villager: Army veteran, wife celebrate new start with Woodlands home, story by Anna Waugh
- The Woodlands Villager: Home dedication for wounded soldier, photos by Karl Anderson
- NewsFix, Channel 39 KIAH-TV: Injured soldier gets debt free home, story and video by NewsFix
- Community Impact Newspaper: Texas Sentinels Foundation, story by Kimberly Morgan