Carrington House Updates

January 13, 2019

The new year brings new progress reports on the two Carrington House projects now under construction in North and South Carolina. 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.

In Jacksonville, North Carolina, the home for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ward Taft, his wife Amy, and daughters Isabella and Clara, is coming along despite being damaged by a hurricane last September. Project Manager Wendy Grant reports that exterior walkways and ramps are complete, and the interior is being painted and prepped for cabinets, tile, and flooring.  The Taft family has been very gracious and accommodating to the schedule, as well as about being displaced during the ongoing construction. The refitted four-bedroom home will allow Ward to move around easily and comfortably, inside and out, with a wheelchair-accessible bath, an open kitchen with accessible cabinets, and all new appliances.

After 15 years of service, Ward suffered back and brain injuries and partial blindness after a road accident during his last combat deployment 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 this spring on his new path to a career in disaster relief.

In Fort Mill, South Carolina, construction on the new home for U.S. Airforce Senior Airman Aubrey Hand and his family (wife Jasmine and son Theron) is moving along quickly. The framing, rough plumbing, and rough electrical wiring are complete, and the drywall and bathroom tile are in progress. 

Aubrey’s left leg was amputated below the knee in 2016 following injuries and subsequent nerve pain suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2012. This home will give Aubrey the accessibility and independence he needs. The plan is to move the Hand family into this new, fully accessible home in April. 

At the home for the Taft family, exterior walkways and ramps are complete, and the interior is being painted and prepped for cabinets, tile, and flooring.

 The Taft's refitted four-bedroom home will allow Ward to move around easily and comfortably, inside and out.

 U.S. Airforce Senior Airman Aubrey Hand is pictured with his wife, Jasmine.

 In Fort Mill, South Carolina, construction on the new home for the Hand family is moving along quickly.

At the Hand home, the framing, rough plumbing, and rough electrical wiring are complete, and the drywall and bathroom tile are in progress.