Designing Spaces™ and Purple Heart Homes give renovated Jacksonville home to injured Purple Heart recipient, a true homecoming
It’s the surprise of a lifetime for Army veteran and his family when they saw their dream home for the first time
(Jacksonville, FL – August 5, 2013) Mission complete for Designing Spaces™ who was in Jacksonville filming their three-part television series “Designing Spaces of Hope - Project Homeward Bound,” presented by Nissan North America.
The home improvement show, which airs nationally on Lifetime TV, joined efforts with Purple Heart Homes, an organization that matches disabled Purple Heart recipients to donated foreclosed homes, to build a dream home in less than 30 days for Purple Heart veteran PFC Jeffery Taylor, his wife and three children.
The keys to the ranch style home were given to the Taylor family on July 26 during a big “reveal” celebration complete with a flag-raising ceremony and backyard concert performed by Brian Howe, former lead singer of Bad Company.
“To transform a house into a dream home for a military hero and his family has been one of our proudest achievements,” said Lysa Liemer, Designing Spaces™ Executive Vice President of Programming/COO. “Thanks to our production crew, army of volunteers who donated their time and our partners who donated home goods and supplies, together we were able to make a dream come true for a military family in need.”
The 2,300 square-foot house was completely renovated in less than one month, thanks to the generous donations of dedicated partners including: USAA, who is dedicated to the financial well-being of members of the military and their families, Bank of America, Earthcore Industries, LLC, Goodman Global, Inc, Interlogix, Liberty Safe and Security Products, Inc., Lifelock, Inc., Lifetime Products, Inc., NET10 Wireless, Reliance Worldwide, Shaw Industries, Inc., Standard Furniture Manufacturing Company, Inc. Several other companies donated hardware, fixtures, interior furnishings and structural goods to make this dream home come true.
Through its charitable efforts, Nissan North America focuses on touching lives and improving the quality of life in local communities. The company’s programs focus in three main areas including education, the environment and humanitarian aid. For the renovation, Nissan provided cars and trucks to help move, haul, carry and distribute construction materials during the project. Nissan will also escort the Taylor family to the big reveal of their completely redesigned home.
“I can’t come up with the words. Thank you is not enough. This is the first home I have ever owned in my life,” Jeffery Taylor, 36, said at the post-“reveal” party in his new backyard. “It is crazy to think that somebody ... would help build a home for a person they don’t even know. I can’t even express how I feel.”
Private First Class Taylor was critically injured during the Operation Iraqi Freedom invasion when his crew’s vehicle came under mortar attack just outside the Bagdad Airport, causing it to roll over into a canal and trap Jeff under it. Rescued but left with a crushed leg, Jeff also lives with nerve damage, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and hearing loss.
Designing Spaces of Hope - Project Homeward Bound is dedicated to raise awareness about disabled veterans coming home who are suffering from PSTD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the sacrifice they have made for our country. The series will air September 25-27, 2013 on Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime Television at 7:30am (ET/PT).
About Designing Spaces™ on Lifetime Television
Entering its 10thyear, Designing Spaces™ continues to be one of America’s favorite home improvement shows. The show inspires viewers on decorating ideas, do-it-yourself projects and step-by-step home improvements to help make every space count and provide solutions to help you enjoy the space you live, work and play in. Designing Spaces™ Family of Spaces includes Think Green Spaces, Kids Spaces and its widely popular Spaces of Hope which prides itself on assisting people and places in dire need of a makeover including children’s shelters, animal shelters, military families and more. Designing Spaces™ airs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30am (ET/PT) on Lifetime Television.
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