Building Hope is a first person account of Dan Wallrath, a self-described “average Joe” who was preparing to retire when he felt an undeniable pull to help a specific group of heroes, providing them with mortgage-free custom-built homes. Dan shares the God-orchestrated events that led him to start Operation Finally Home (OFH) and gripping stories of new beginnings amidst physical, mental, and financial hardships that war-wounded soldiers and their families face once home from war.
With even a small amount of faith, you too can see God work in a mighty way as you seek to serve someone in need. God wants you to say yes—and then stretch out in faith with your unique talents and resources to further his kingdom and build hope around you today.
DAN WALLRATH was a custom homebuilder in Texas for thirty years. In that time he served on numerous boards within the building industry, including the board of directors of the National Association of Home Builders, Texas Association of Builders, and the Greater Houston Builders Association. Dan was also president of the Bay Area Builders Association. In 2005, he founded Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit organization providing mortgage-free custom homes to military heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed much to defend America’s freedoms and way of life. Dan was named a CNN Hero in 2010 and was the guest of honor of Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos at the Marine Corps Sunset Parade hosted at the War Memorial in Washington, DC in 2013. In December that same year, Dan was featured in a CNN documentary about Operation FINALLY HOME. Dan and his wife Carol reside in Texas. They have two sons and four grandchildren.
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