Purcellville-based HeroHomes is nearing completion of its second home built for a wounded military veteran. Volunteers are spending a lot of time on the 5-acre lot in Round Hill in hopes of moving Staff Sergeant Jarrad Davenport and his family in before the end of the year.
On Saturday, three groups were at work—a team from E3 Federal Solutions, one from The Home Depot’s distribution centers in Winchester, and another from AmazingEarth Landscapes in Lovettsville.
E3 Chief Delivery Officer Martin Mackes worked with his wife, Beth, and Robbie Ennis to finish off the home’s numerous window installations with a good cleaning and putting in the screens. Outside, the Home Depot crew was laying bricks for the backyard patio. On Monday, workers from Loudoun Valley Floors took over the site to install floor coverings throughout the home.
Mackes said E3 is a veteran-owned company that makes time for employees to give back to the community. The E3 Cares program sets aside 40 hours of paid time for employees to support volunteer work. The company’s staffers have been out several times to help HeroHomes.
“The one thing that I personally like is that it is local,” Mackes said of the HeroHomes program. “This isn’t a national thing. It is right here in our backyard.”
Matthew Simpson, of Amazing Earth Landscapes, leads the hardscaping effort, including getting donations and discounts from suppliers. “Everybody comes together and makes it happen. It’s a great thing.
Home Depot’s Kelly Jenkins said their work is part of the company’s celebration of service. The team became aware of the HeroHomes project after Jenkins saw a Facebook posting from a friend who had volunteered as part of a Dominion Energy team.
“We totally jumped on it. It is an amazing thing. I’m super excited about it so, hopefully, we can continue to doing things with them in the future,” Jenkins said.
Davenport, the home’s future resident, enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a 17-year-old. He was wounded during an IRAM rocket attack at an outpost in Iraq in 2011 and was moved to Walter Reed Hospital for his recovery. He is married to Latoya Davenport and has three sons. Since his return, Davenport has earned a master’s degree in cybersecurity from Colorado Technical University.
HeroHomes completed its first house in Purcellville last year. A third home is planned near Hillsboro.
Learn more at herohomesloudoun.org.