Drees builds new home for deserving military family

Congrats on a well deserved home! 

Thanks so much for your service! 

Welcome to Durham and welcome home! 

A state senator, the mayor, veterans, neighbors and even Drees employees wrote well wishes and messages of gratitude on the walls of the soon-to-be home of US Army Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer. 

Drees, along with the nonprofit Operation Coming Home, held a special Raise the Roof ceremony in honor of Kacer on March 10. The ceremony took place at the Brightleaf community in front of the Kacer family’s home, which is in the framing stage of construction. 

Watch the Raise the Roof ceremony in the player below:

Kacer, who was severely wounded while deployed in 2008, is extremely involved in athletic events for wounded veterans. He has made Paralympic Track and Field Nationals every year since 2011. He has also medaled in three events at the inaugural Invictus Games in London and four events at Orlando’s Invictus Games. He now uses his sports platform to speak about mental health, abuse (domestic, emotional and substance) and suicide prevention.

Drees Raleigh Division President Jerry Dean said the project is close to his heart, as his son is a K-9 handler in the military.

“At Drees, we love our military families and have similar beliefs and values,” Dean shared. “This project requires teamwork and dedication by so many, so I want to express my gratitude to Drees Homes, its dedicated employees, and the vendor and trade partners who helped make this opportunity happen.”

Drees is building the Dawn floor plan, which will be outfitted with features to best suit Kacer’s lifestyle. The home will feature double handrails, a zero-entrance shower and 36” wide doors throughout the home.

Greenhawk Development, the US Veterans Corps and the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County are also partners in this initiative. 

Drees Homes will host a key ceremony when the Kacer family’s home is completed this summer.


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