FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An empty plot of land sitting in the Bay Meadows housing addition off Landin Road will soon become the new home of Matthew Moeller and his family.
Moeller suffered from a traumatic brain injury and deals with daily pain in his knees and back from a 2009 I.E.D. explosion while he was serving in Afghanistan.
Builders broke ground for the home Tuesday.
With help from Homes for Wounded Warriors Program, Upstate Alliance of Realtors and the community, more than $80,000 was raised for the home, furniture, heating, air and other living expenses. While at the ground-breaking, the builders that agreed to take on the project announced they would be doing it all free of charge.
The soon to be 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch is a move up from the Moeller family’s 2 story apartment where Matthew Moeller has to stay downstairs because of his pain.
The Moellers say they couldn’t be more thankful for the home.
“It’s overwhelming that so many people can pull together for someone they don’t know,” Matthew Moeller’s wife Sarah said. “They work together to make someone’s dreams come true. There’s really no words to describe it. We’re just really thankful for everything they’ve done. He can be safe and comfortable in his own home.”
Matthew and Sarah have a two-and-a-half-year-old boy who will also benefit from the new home.
“Our son gets to be outside with out having to worry about who’s around,” Sarah Moeller said. For me, it’s a sense of home. We don’t have to move anymore.”
Those in attendance included Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald and the founder of The Homes For Wounded Warriors Program Markus Trouerbach.
“I don’t think it’s quite set in just yet,” Trouerbach said. “It’s all moving very fast for them. I do know they are very excited. Right now, their current living situation is not very good. I know they’re looking forward to getting out of that situation and into their new home.”
The project is expected to be complete in the middle of January.
If you’d like to learn more about the Homes for Wounded Warriors Program or donate, click the name of the organization to the left.