Early in 2021, Holiday Builders was asked by Building Homes for Heroes, a non-profit organization, to partner in building a home that would be gifted, mortgage-free to a wounded veteran. Holiday Builders agreed and immediately reached out to longtime trade partners for support. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Soon, a mighty team of dedicated professionals set about to build a dream home.Building Homes for Heroes introduced Holiday Builders to Sergeant Army First Class John Goudie (RET), the veteran who would receive a home. We talked to John and his wife about their family, lifestyle, and needs. Together, we selected a floorplan and a homesite in the neighborhood of Windswept Estates in Freeport, FL.
We formally kicked off the Goudie home build project with a May 2021 groundbreaking ceremony. It would be the last time the couple would see the home before the gifting. Holiday Builders Project Manager Josh Ryals kept the job on track, providing photos of construction milestones and progress reports to the Building Homes for Heroes team.
Finally, on October 2nd, it was time for the Gifting Ceremony. John and Kristi Goudie were led to their new home in a long procession of motorcyclists, fire and rescue workers, veterans, and neighbors riding in cars and golf carts, with sirens blaring and horns honking. A crowd of neighbors, Holiday Builders employees, Building Homes for Heroes team members, local officials, and well-wishers flanked the street, welcoming the procession by waving American flags and shouting with joy. When the Goudie’s van pulled up to the drive, and their children peered out the car windows, every heart melted. It was a special moment, an honor to witness.