PEORIA - An active military family in Morton, Illinois, looking forward to a new home being built for them by Peoria's Habitat for Humanity, was disappointed to find their new house design didn't match up to neighborhood standards. The home being designed for Brian and Julie Wood was to have siding, while the rest of the houses in the neighborhood had brick facing. Unhappy neighbors began passing petitions to stop the Wood's Habitat project, and things grew tense in the neighborhood.
But it appears after all, Woods home will be built and the neighbors will be happy.
The Woods, both 28, have three kids: Arabella, 8, Samara, 2, and Isaiah, 2 months. Still active in the National Guard, Brian works as a warehouse manager. As a U.S. Army sergeant, he served two tours in Afghanistan, earned two Bronze Stars and lost hearing in one ear.
When the Wood's story drew national and international attention, Congressman Aaron Schock (IL-18) reached out to raise funds to upgrade the home's construction, and Peoria- area contractors and builders stepped forward to build a house to fit the neighborhood's setting.
Habitat for Humanity now says there's been such an outpouring of charity and help with the Wood's home that they are challenged to keep up with the calls they're getting.