Home builder Centex is partnering with Fort Hood Fisher House to unveil newly designed single-family home models at two Killeen area communities. For each person who visits the homes, Centex will donate $5 to Fisher House, a nonprofit that provides a “home away from home” for retired and active-duty military personnel and their families during a medical crisis.

Fisher House Foundation’s donated homes are built on the grounds of major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers to ensure families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expenses during a time of crisis.

The nonprofit’s Fort Hood house, at Santa Fe Avenue and Wratten Drive, Building 36015, has seven private rooms with private baths and is handicapped-accessible. It also has a common kitchen and laundry room, large family room for guests and a community dining room.

It averages between 20 to 25 people a month and provides them with everything they need, said Isaac Howard, manager of the Fort Hood Fisher House.

Whether it’s a ride, food or sometimes clothes, Howard said he does what he can to make their stay as comfortable as possible.

He’s glad to continue the partnership with Centex, which benefits Fort Hood and the surrounding community.

“Many of the region’s military servicemen and women are tired of renting or are looking for a place more suited to their needs,” Howard said.

Scott Eckley, Centex’s vice president of sales, said for his organization, it’s all about giving back to the community, especially supporting the troops.

“With Fort Hood being as dominant and important as it is, we feel like this is a great way for us to give back,” Eckley said.

The Yowell Ranch community offers the traditional first-time-buyer home, while the Tuscany Meadows homes are more for the move-up buyer, Eckley said. Both have new floor plans, which have been updated and “really have a lot of wow to them.” More than 200 people live in the already-established Yowell Ranch community, while the newer Tuscany community only has about a dozen homes at the time.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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