Carrington House Update

June 23, 2018

Work is now underway on renovations and remodeling on two projects in the Carrington Charitable Foundation’s signature program Carrington House. In Gilbert, AZ, construction crews have torn out the old kitchen and master bath in the home of U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and Purple Heart recipient Holly Katke, the first woman Veteran CCF has chosen to receive a home makeover designed to ease access. Holly’s combat-related injuries from deployment in Iraq include visual impairment and a loss of mobility in her right arm, hand, and leg.

A new walk-in/roll-in shower, kitchen cabinets, flooring, plumbing, electrical updates, and more will be accomplished during the summer 2018, says Brandon Nicolas, VP, Carrington Development, who oversees all the renovations and remodels for Carrington House recipients.

Holly’s one-story home will also get new flat exterior walkways (she sometimes uses a cane, sometimes a wheelchair). The updated kitchen will be compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Holly will also receive new appliances and new furniture. “It’s basically a brand-new house,” says Brandon, who says the project should be ready for move-in by the end of August.

A remodeled, more open kitchen, wheelchair-accessible bath, and smooth flooring throughout his family’s four-bedroom house are in the plans for the Carrington House home renovation in Jacksonville, NC, for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ward Taft, his wife Amy, and their daughters Isabella and Clara.

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.

Brandon said fixing uneven floors and bumpy sidewalks will be first on the list on what he estimates is a three-month renovation of the Taft home.

Carrington House is the Carrington Charitable Foundation’s leading program, giving wounded military Veterans who have returned from service and who need support a home they deserve and can call their own.

How are Veterans chosen for a Carrington House renovation? Some reach out to CCF personally, others are recommended by Veterans CCF has helped in the past, explains Brandon. There’s an application process and a site visit to establish what’s needed and what CCF will be able to do.

“Sometimes things come together very quickly,” says Brandon. “Once CCF can identify someone and accept them into the program, we start working immediately.”

Most of the materials for the projects are purchased by CCF, but local suppliers and contractors have been known to donate labor and products. So far, CCF has overseen more than 20 new and renovated homes for Veterans.

Holly Katke says she feels “like part of the Carrington family” after having her home chosen as a Carrington House. “This has been a lifesaver for my daughter and me.”

A new walk-in/roll-in shower is part of the plan for Holly Katke's home.

The Katke kitchen in progress.

Out with the old and in with the new.