Carrington House Update
With two Carrington Houses well underway in Arizona and North Carolina, Brandon Nicolas, Vice President of Carrington Development, has been spending time in South Carolina this month searching for a home for the latest Carrington House recipient, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aubrey Hand, who suffered multiple injuries in 2012 from the detonation of an IED during his deployment in Afghanistan. Aubrey spent four years in occupational and physical therapy, undergoing numerous surgeries and other medical procedures. His left leg was amputated below the knee in 2016.
Nicolas says they’ve toured nine homes in the Fort Mill area and have narrowed the list to the top three. The purchased home for Aubrey will be remodeled and renovated to fit his specific needs.
Out in Gilbert, AZ, the home for U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Holly Katke, the first woman Vet CCF has chosen to receive a Carrington House, has had all of its new plumbing completed in the kitchen and bathroom, and the construction team has started on the drywall installation, says Nicolas. Cabinets will go in at the end of this month, with a move-in date for Holly and her daughter estimated to be the end of September or early October. (Holly, a Purple Heart recipient, suffered combat-related injuries from deployment in Iraq, including visual impairment and loss of mobility in her right arm, hand, and leg.)
Concrete walkways have been poured and rough framing, electrical wiring, and plumbing are in progress in the Carrington House in Jacksonville, NC, for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ward Taft, his wife Amy, and daughters Isabella and Clara. All the big stuff should be finished by the end of August, says Nicolas, with move-in for the Taft family estimated for early October.
When completed, Ward’s four-bedroom home will have a wheelchair-accessible bath and an open kitchen with accessible cabinets and all new appliances.
Ward’s back and brain injuries, and partial blindness, are a result of a road accident in his last combat deployment (after 15 years of service) in Afghanistan. Now accompanied by his service dog, Dr. Doolittle, Ward is earning his bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management at Western Carolina University, scheduled to graduate next year on his new path to a career in disaster relief.
In progress: the home for U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Holly Katke
Getting closer: the home for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ward Taft