Volunteers help build home for Navy veteran

Posted at 11:25 PM, Dec 07, 2014
and last updated 2015-12-02 23:25:52-05

Kenneth Hodge, a retired and disabled Navy Veteran now has a new living space on Fox Street in Buffalo.

It's the first home Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo has helped build for a military veteran.

"I am so happy and thank all the volunteers who helped," said Hodge.

Hodge, along with many volunteers worked for almost a year, building the home from the ground up.

"It was nothing when we started," said Kenneth. "I'm a single father, and so happy to have this space for myself and my two daughters."

Hodge always dreamed of having a home of his own, but military life and hard times made that a difficult accomplishment. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo, Hodge now has a home to call his own.

He worked, long hours alongside the many volunteers, and found a passion along the way.

"I did all the tiling throughout the house," said Hodge. "I bought a book, read the directions, and just went with it."

Sunday, the house was officially dedicated to the Hodge family. They hope to move in before Christmas.

"It's so touching that people care about us, the veterans," said Kenneth. "That makes me feel good."