WACO, Texas (KWTX) A vision to help struggling veteran families get back on their feet became a reality Thursday.
The Veterans One Stop in Waco dedicated the Robert Carter Veteran Transition home.
They hope this it’s the first of many across the area, the state, and the country serving as a template for communities to emulate in the future.
It’s a beautiful brick and stone home in the 1200 block of Merganser Way is completely furnished, from the furniture to the decorations on the wall, providing fresh start for the families who call it home.
The first family will be selected by next week.
“And hopefully move in by the first of the month, and hopefully be taking applications for the next family because in 6 to 9 months will be the second family,” said DeLisa Russell, Veterans One Stop director.
Each family will live here with the resources of the One Stop behind them helping them with all their needs, including preparing them to sustain the family on their own.
“This entire community has come together to make this happen, from Stylecraft homes whose built it to Brenner Campbell who has donated the furnitire and the land that were on,” she said.
Chaplain Captain Brenner Campbell is an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force and a Baylor graduate.
He’s currently stationed in Ohio but he met Russell on a visit to Waco and the idea was born.
“And now there’s a place for a family to live get back on their feet, get back onto the civilian world, and become a citizen. That benefits all of us,” Campbell said.
Donations from Lowes and others in the community helped turn the house into a home.
And if you look around this home you’ll see it bears the name of a very special man.
Robert “Popeye” Carter was a veteran and chaplain and leader at the Veterans One Stop.
This home was one of his dreams for the veteran community, but he passed away in a crash in November 2017.
Veterans Russell thinks about him often, even dreaming about him the night before the dedication.
“In my dream, there was Robert Carter, there was Popeye, and we were talking about today and all that was going to transpire today and in my dream he said Delisa, we got this one, now go get another one,” she told us.
His son Bryan Carter said, “for as long as this building stands his legacy will be remembered.”
Carter’s family was there for the dedication and they’re proud to see his legacy of service will live on, with each family touched by the experience of living in this home.
“I want them to know that he was a servant that he had a heart that served,” he said.