TEMPLE -- Temple Army Veteran Robert Marshall had his home on South Henderson street condemned in 2014. A hole in the roof was letting water in and family members feared the house would collapse.
After Marshall reached out to the media, the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System found out and began working to find a way for Marshall to keep the home. When they began contacting people in the community, that community responded.
More than 125 volunteers from schools and businesses came out to work on the property. Students from Texas State Technical College helped create the foundation and did the electrical work. Belton students helped make the frame of the house. Around 15 other businesses from Bell, McLennan, and Williamson Counties either volunteered their people or helped provide materials. Stateside Right of Way and the Boot Campaign offered financial help.
On Wednesday, the home was finally ready. Marshall got to cut a board, instead of a ribbon, and is now ready to move into his new house.
"It tells me you can move the world if people band together," Marshall said. "Everybody got to be together. This is proof of it right here."
"There are a lot of memories here with our parents. All of our brothers except two are still living and everybody is still close," Waymon Mashall, Robert's brother, said. "To come to the same place we grew up in and then see something this nice for him to live in is very rewarding."
Now all Robert Marshall has to do is move in the furniture. He said he wants to have their first dinner party very soon.