By Cass Jacoby, RCS Reporter.
Jermonte Rushing had quite the week when he learned the Roof Deployment Project was going to build him a house and that his wife went into premature labor with their third child. Builders were fast at work on the new home as Jermonte focused on taking care of his wife and child.
“It’s really heartwarming to know that people would consider us, our family, to put all their hands to the plow to assist us,” Jermonte told Tristate Homepage. Jermonte spent seven years in the Air Force, serving in California, Korea and other places, before moving to Madisonville with his family three years ago.
After speaking with some of his friends, Jermonte applied for a new habitat house, “They mentioned Habitat and all the good they were doing in the neighborhood, and the local area and they said, ‘Maybe you should go and apply for one,'” he recalls to Tristate Homepage.
The roof is installed as part of Owens Corning’s National Roof Deployment Project and of the new Habitat for Humanity house. For Best Choice Roofing workers, it’s their first time putting up a roof for a veteran and his family.
"The sacrifice that not only Mr. Rushing made, but also his family made, while he was deployed and on active duty, that’s a huge sacrifice,” Best Choice Roofing General Manager Brandy Cook told 14News. “For us to be able to give back to them, helping them with a roof, that’s awesome.”
The goal of the builders is to finish the home in a week, so that Rushing family could bring their newest member of the family home. “Everything’s going okay, so we’re hoping we can have this house built by the time they get home from the hospital,” executive director of Pennyrile Habitat for Humanity Heath Duncan told 14News.
“She’s going to love it,” says Jermonte, referring to his new daughter, Allison. “She’s going to come to a brand-new home.”
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