Welcome Home Ceremony in Wimbledon Falls honored wounded Texas veteran

Helping A Hero, Caldwell Communities and Castle Rock Homes delivered home to veteran on her birthday

The unveiling of a new home for wounded veteran Petty Officer Jennifer Penn and her family took  place on Tuesday, December 16th in Caldwell's master planned community of Wimbledon Falls.   The ceremony was open to the public and many members of the community attended this heartwarming event to welcome the Penn family home.  Caldwell Communities donated the home site in 2014 and Houston-based Helping A Hero (HAH) partnered with Castle Rock Homes to build a new home for the wounded veteran.  The home is now complete and Jennifer received the keys to her new home at the ceremony. 

Dec 16th was a special day for Penn because it also marked many special guests, including Lee Greenwood and Houston Astros owner James Crane contributed in making this a special day for the Penn family. Lee serenaded the crowd with his patriotic ballad, “Proud to be an American” and the ceremony was complete with a patriotic birthday cake for the veteran. 

Jennifer was a US Navy sailor  from 1999 to 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan from 2006-2007.   During her tour of duty Jennifer  was in the back of a Humvee transporting a patient to the hospital  when it flipped over.  Jennifer was diagnosed with both brain and spinal cord injuries and has endured a difficult journey of medical treatment.  She needs  assistance with everyday living and her new home is equipped with a mini-master suite for her parents, who are her full time caregivers,.

Castle Rock’s HAH home was designed with wheelchair-accessible amenities to accommodate Penn and her children. Adaptations such as wider doors, a roll in shower and a roll-under sink will allow Jennifer to regain her independence. The home features four bedrooms and 3 and 1⁄2 bathrooms and is located in Wimbledon Falls, a wooded community in Northwest Houston with walking trails, greenbelts, a scenic waterfall, community pool, fitness center, and community center for residents. 

“It is our honor to give back to someone who has sacrificed so much in service to our great country,” said Kent Puckett of Caldwell Communities. “We see this as re-paying a debt to a true American hero rather than a charitable endeavor.”

HAH is the second-largest homebuilding organization in the nation and has awarded homes to over 100 severely wounded veterans from 22 states since the program’s inception. To learn more, visit HelpingAHero