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WE'RE HELPING A HERO!

  Baldwin County  Home Builders Association leaders meet with Iraq War Veteran Paul Douglas Rains Jr. to review plans for his new home. [left to right] Robert Brown, Ben Trione, Paul Douglas Rains Jr., Mike Henriksen and Eddie Youngblood. 

 

Mike Henriksen, owner of Mike Henriksen Construction in Fairhope and 2015 president of the Baldwin County Home Builders Association (BCHBA), was unaware of Paul Douglas Rain Jr.’s situation when he decided he wanted to do something to help local soldiers who were returning home from serving their country, particularly those suffering from injuries.

“Each year, the incoming president of BCHBA sets a goal for something they want the association to achieve,” explained BCHBA Executive Vice President Fran Druse. “Mike came to me in early 2014 and said he wanted the association to help out area veterans. Shortly after that, I got a call from Ben Trione, who told me that he was trying to help a local veteran who needed a home. He wanted to know if our association could help out. I put him in touch with Mike and things began to fall together.”

Trione, whose family has deep roots in Daphne, had known Rains since PD was a boy. Trione’s son and PD were close friends who spent lots of time playing in the wooded area next to Trione’s home. So Trione decided to see about buying five acres next to his house as a future homesite for Rains, his wife and their four daughters.

“I watched this boy grow up,” said Trione. “He and my son often camped out near that land.”

The next fortunate event happened the day after Trione asked to buy the parcel from Verla Wilters, widow of former Alabama Supreme Court Judge Harry Wilters. Mrs. Wilters called Trione and said she wanted to donate the land. Trione then began to seek funds for building the home from national organizations, but was advised that local outreach might yield faster results. At that point he got in contact with Druse at BCHBA.

In addition to Henriksen, many BCHBA members and others in the area have now taken up the cause of building a home for Rains. Attorneys at Stone, Granade & Crosby in Daphne provided all the legal work required to set up the Baldwin County Homebuilders Charitable Foundation [501(C)(3)], which has a goal of raising $200,000. Additionally, Bob Chatham, of Chatham Design Group in Fairhope, has provided house plans for the four-bedroom house the BCHBA plans to build for Rains. Others who have been very active in getting this project underway are BCHBA past presidents Eddie Youngblood, Robert Brown, Chris Farlow and Alex Cary. Brown also served in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War.
Henriksen said that many BCHBA members are anxious to contribute time and materials once all the details of the project are decided and the necessary funds are in place.
 
“Giving back to the community is very important to our members, so it is not surprising to see such a high level of interest and support in this effort,” Druse said. “We have built two Habitat for Humanity homes and helped with a number of projects in the community, Our members are known for standing up and helping out.”   

For Rains, this undertaking by Trione, Henriksen and other members of BCHBA, is beyond his wildest dreams. “It’s just beautiful, it’s amazing. I don’t know how to thank you,” he said upon seeing the plans for the first time, on May 28.

Henriksen responded that Rains is the one who deserves thanks. “Everybody involved feels like we are doing something for someone we really care about,” he said. “We couldn’t do what we do without people like you, who serve our country.

 

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