RUSK COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) – Remodeling of an East Texas veterans residence had previously begun through Habitat for Humanity when that veteran passed absent from difficulties suffered following catching COVID-19.

a car parked in front of a tree: The family were faced with the loss of their father and husband to COVID19.

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The loved ones have been faced with the reduction of their father and husband to COVID19.

It remaining the family with no options, right up until some East Texas organizations stepped in.


The Overton dwelling being reworked by means of Habitat for Humanity was currently being carried out on a distinctive grant application for veterans, for retired Army Workers Sergeant George Gomez and his spouse and children.

“It was a whole remodel. The first home was a two bed room. Two sons and a daughter and the daughter was sleeping in the grasp bedroom with them. We needed to rework the toilet and rework the flooring in the home,” stated Raimund Gideon of the Smith County Habitat for Humanity.

“Habitat for Humanity was very thoughtful to us, and reported we’re heading to hold encouraging you,” mentioned property owner Anna Gomez.

But George handed absent in August to to complications from COVID, and a challenge arose.

“Because he handed absent, they dropped the skill to use the grant for the reason that he was the veteran,” Gideon says.

The kitchen area nonetheless required reworking, and they had no air-conditioning or heating, and had been employing space heaters to stay heat.

“We’re continue to bundling up in warm outfits and blankets.,” claimed son D’Artagnan Gomez.

“I thought every thing was shed. I really do not know what was likely to be subsequent. The support was heading to be absent, that is what I considered,” Anna states.

But Tyler-based corporations Trane, Coburns, and Coy Dodd stepped up to deliver elements, sections and set up for cost-free.

And for the family, pleasure that George’s assistance got one final thank you.

“My spouse is still protecting us. We come to feel he’s however protecting us by some means,” states Anna.

Habitat for Humanity of Smith County has several grants to help lower-earnings families, and people today with disabilities with crucial household repairs for clients in seven counties.

The Northeast Texas Habitat business office in Longview services customers in 3 counties.

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