Operation FINALLY HOME came to Wisconsin in 2015 after local builders learned about the national organization during a surprise for a veteran and his family held during the International Builders Show. Recognizing the need in Wisconsin to help our local veterans, David Belman and Tim O’Brien presented the idea of Operation FINALLY HOME to the members of the Metropolitan Builders Association. A task force was created to plan the projects and fundraising efforts. Belman Homes and Tim O’Brien Homes signed up to build the first Operation Finally Home houses in Wisconsin, which were built in the Village of Jackson. Neumann Companies donated the lots.
The first 2 homes were built in the Village of Jackson as part of a housing study done through the Structural Components Builders Association. This study created new data on the difference between a stick build and a component build home. After a year of building and many pillar events along the way, US Army Sergeant Drew Wroblewski and his wife & US Army Specialist Bo Kitelinger and his family, moved into their brand new, mortgage-free homes in June of 2016.
We received so much community and supplier support that a decision was made by Belman Homes to do another build in their hometown of Waukesha. This two story home was built to fit the needs for US Army Specialist Philip Olson & his family. On June 10th, 2017 we will be dedicating this home to the family, and they will be able to move into their new home.
Also in June of 2017, we will be breaking ground on our 4th home, which will be built by Belman Homes again. They continue to have the support from the building community and will continue to build these homes as long as that support continues. This ranch home, which will go up in the Town of Waukesha, is being built to fit the needs of US Army Staff Sergeant Joe Davis & his family.
To find out more about Operation FINALLY HOME, visit OperationFinallyHome.org.
At Operation FINALLY HOME, we provide custom-built, mortgage free homes to America’s military Heroes and the widows of the fallen, those who have worn America’s uniform and sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and values. We bring together corporate sponsors, builder associations, builders, developers, individual contributors, and volunteers to help these heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.
With faith in God and determined action, we will have hundreds of homes built annually across the nation for our Heroes, those who have sacrificed while wearing America’s uniform in defense of our freedoms and values, helping them get their lives back on track after the hardships they have faced. We want Operation FINALLY HOME to be a nationally recognized charity and a household name that inspires others to help in our cause.
This has been an unbelievable experience. We can't thank Operation Finally Home, Belman Homes, Tim O'Brien Homes, and Neumann Company enough.
It's the most humbling set of emotions that I've ever felt. I don't know how else to describe it. It's crazy. I can't thank everybody enough.