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Abrego Development Co., local builders help with Extreme Makeover

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January 16, 2012, 8:50pm
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Kevin Brown, president of Abrego Development Company, and local builders Jeanine Schoenert of D & D Custom Homes and Les Miller of Discovery Custom Homes L.L.C. usually are found working together in Abrego Lake or Eden Crossing, which are Brown’s two local acreage communities.

This week, all three have volunteered their time, energy and building knowledge to help build a new home for a deserving family in Wilson County. With a team of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) staff members, Gordon Hartman and Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, and thousands of volunteers, Brown, Miller and Schoenert are helping construct a new home in just 108 hours for a wounded warrior and his family.

The family was informed on Jan. 14, when team leader Ty Pennington and the build team surprised them at their current home. The new home will be revealed to the family on Jan. 21.

With access to extensive local resources, Brown was asked to be one of eight project managers on the build team. When Brown asked Schoenert and Miller for assistance, they started coordinating even more local experienced volunteers, and they also were asked to be project managers.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the life of a very deserving local family. This is a serviceman who made a huge sacrifice for his country. The least we can do is make sure that he and his family have a safe and comfortable home that meets his specific needs,” Brown said. “We are all so blessed to be able to participate in this project. I am really proud how generous and hard working our area residents have been. It also is an honor to work with Gordon Hartman, a successful builder who created Morgan’s Wonderland -- the world’s first fully accessible family fun park.”

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs at 7 p.m. Sundays on ABC. Averaging 10 million viewers, the show also is viewed in 185 countries in 58 languages. This is the show’s ninth and final season. The airing of this local family’s experience is scheduled for the Christmas season, as a two-hour holiday special.

This year’s design team, in addition to the very popular Ty Pennington, includes designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders, Tracy Hutson and John Littlefield.

Abrego Development Company has Abrego Lake near Floresville and Eden Crossing near La Vernia. Both communities include one to five acre homesites, custom homes, amenities, and the advantages of country living with easy proximity to the city of San Antonio. Abrego Development also is developing Kenedy Station, a mixed-use development with 166 acres in Kenedy, which is in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale gas and oil exploration.

Jeanine Schoenert, owner of D & D Custom Homes, learned the business from her father. (D & D stands for Dad and Daughter.) The company has been in business for 40 years with Jeanine proudly taking over for the last 10 years. She specializes in new custom home construction in Floresville, La Vernia, Adkins, Seguin and neighboring communities. D & D Custom Homes is located in La Vernia.

Les and Jennifer Miller are the owners of Discovery Custom Homes L.L.C. in Poth. Les is a Texas A&M University graduate who first worked in production home building in San Antonio. The couple have owned their custom home building company for seven years. They build in Wilson County and the surrounding areas.

Click here for photos from beginning to end, by Marvin Barnes

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Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
January 18, 2012 2:49pm
Mr Harris I hope he is 100%. That is the only way he will get the exemption. I know plenty wounded warriors who dot get 100%. Maybe they could make an exemption of he isn't. Thanks for looking into it. I used to watch extreme ... More ›

Kevin Brown  
Floresville, TX  
January 18, 2012 11:05am
To Airborne Trooper...I'm not sure of Mr. Harris' disability %, but I plan to find out. He should be entitled to a property tax exemption if he is 100%. I'll follow up on this with WCAD. Thanks for bringing up this topic.

Kevin Brown  
Floresville, TX  
January 18, 2012 11:03am
Thanks for all the kind comments. This is a great project for a great family. Jeanine, Les and I are proud to be a part of it...we have each volunteered significant time, resources and dollars to help make this happen. To ... More ›

RoseMarie Luevano  
January 18, 2012 5:52am
Myself,my daughter and a whole group from DSASA were there at Morgan's Wonderland yestersday to give our support to the Wounded Warriors project.We met with some of this special wounded soldiers and their families.

Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
January 17, 2012 8:28pm
I agree it's a wonderful thing. Thanks to all those involved in helping a wonderful family. Now I ask the Wilson county property tax appraisal folks to be easy on this family and give him a break on thier property taxes. I'm ... More ›

Wanda Polasek  
January 17, 2012 7:53pm
This is a great thing for Floresville and Wilson County. And its an extraordinary group of people that are making it happen.

Vicki Collins  
La Vernia, TX  
January 17, 2012 2:02pm
Such an awesome idea & opportunity! Congratulations to all team members....the giving of your time, money & effort is truly appreciated & a very inspiring!

Spec Ops  
January 17, 2012 6:54am
This is a great that we are giving this Soldier something great for him and his family. I only wish that it didnt take Extreme Makeovers to make this happen. All these volunteers and homebuilders should have stepped up long ... More ›

One Voice  
January 17, 2012 6:34am
Way to go guys and girls!!!! This is the attitude that will bring change. Hats off to all of you!!

Elaine K.  
January 16, 2012 8:56pm
The Wilson County News print edition will hit the newsstands tomorrow around noon with a full page of the latest photos from the home site. We will be posting a daily Photo of the Day online showing the progress.

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