Chicago High School teacher among volunteers at Steps2Hope home build
Chicago High School teacher among volunteers at Steps2Hope home build

The Steps2Hope home build reached its halfway mark on Monday and the exterior of the home is nearly complete. Workers focused on finishing the roof and working on the exterior siding and stone walls.

STEPS2HOPE Day 4: Home taking shape
STEPS2HOPE Day 4: Home taking shape

The non-profit 'Steps 2 Hope' is working feverishly to complete a new home for Sergeant Jason Smith of Ringgold.

STEPS2HOPE build: Day 3
STEPS2HOPE build: Day 3

Volunteers and organizers with 'Steps 2 Hope' are making progress on building a home from the ground up for a local soldier. 

STEPS2HOPE: Volunteers focus on plumbing, electrical work on Day 2
STEPS2HOPE: Volunteers focus on plumbing, electrical work on Day 2

In the mix of volunteers are employees from Chevy dealerships in 3 states. Trucks pulled up Thursday morning with 38 volunteers and a check for $17,000.

UPDATE: Steps2Hope lays foundation for new home
UPDATE: Steps2Hope lays foundation for new home

The beginning phase is underway in the construction of a home for a local wounded soldier.  

Concert featuring Josh Turner benefits Steps2hope's latest home build for Sgt. Jason Smith
Concert featuring Josh Turner benefits Steps2hope's latest home build for Sgt. Jason Smith

Country music singer Josh Turner performed at Track 29 Tuesday night for a benefit concert with US 101, to help a local non-profit. The Steps2hope group is currently working on a project for hometown hero, Army Sgt. Jason Smith.

Meet #TeamJason: A local wounded soldier picked for second Steps2Hope home build
Meet #TeamJason: A local wounded soldier picked for second Steps2Hope home build

Army Sgt. Jason Smith planned to serve his country for his entire career, but unfortunately that came to an end sooner than he expected .Channel 3 introduces you to Jason Smith and how he's about to start on his new journey in life.

Steps 2 Hope completes project for local injured athlete
Steps 2 Hope completes project for local injured athlete

It took 2-1/2 days and over 100 volunteers to complete a project to help make the life of one wheel chair bound student a little easier.

#TeamAndrew: Watch the building of the Smith's new home LIVE
#TeamAndrew: Watch the building of the Smith's new home LIVE

Team Andrew answers the call, and construction is under way on the new Apison home.

#TeamAndrew: Volunteers see finished home during open house
#TeamAndrew: Volunteers see finished home during open house

Volunteers made it happen in less than a week, and many of them came back for an open house Sunday to see the finished product.

#TeamAndrew: The Smiths walk into their home, built by Steps2Hope
#TeamAndrew: The Smiths walk into their home, built by Steps2Hope

The Apison home was built by volunteers and donated supplies, with special touches such as a single-floor plan, a walk-in shower and a shooting range for Andrew.

#TeamAndrew: Final touches on soldier's home
#TeamAndrew: Final touches on soldier's home

Seven days ago this home on Bill Jones wasn't here. Thanks to more than a thousand volunteers, Thursday Steps2Hope will present Specialist Andrew Smith and his wife Tori with the keys.

#TeamAndrew builders not fazed by rain
#TeamAndrew builders not fazed by rain

Less than 24 hours until the big reveal, Wednesday was all about the finishing touches. Trim work, paint, the final nails and then the clean up.

#TeamAndrew: Finishing touches being put on wounded warrior's new home
#TeamAndrew: Finishing touches being put on wounded warrior's new home

Volunteers have been forced back inside by the rain, but the day wasn't a complete wash.

#TeamAndrew: Volunteers work through rain, mud to meet deadline
#TeamAndrew: Volunteers work through rain, mud to meet deadline

The #TeamAndrew build site remains wet and muddy after a Monday night storm drenched the property, but crews are still working to meet the July 4 deadline.

#TeamAndrew Day 5: Volunteers ban Smiths from entering to keep surprise
#TeamAndrew Day 5: Volunteers ban Smiths from entering to keep surprise

The Smiths have had all access all week to their new house. But starting today, they're banned from entering their own home. It's all to add to Thursday's element of surprise.

#TeamAndrew: Volunteers say home is the least they can do for vet
#TeamAndrew: Volunteers say home is the least they can do for vet

Its all hands on deck 24/7 at a home building project in Apison. It's the future home for Tori and Andrew Smith.

SLIDESHOW: Steps2Hope
SLIDESHOW: Steps2Hope

Slideshow of Steps2Hope home build

Team Andrew: 850 volunteers needed to build local soldier's home
Team Andrew: 850 volunteers needed to build local soldier's home

The local non-profit Steps2Hope is putting out the call for volunteers to help build a wounded warrior his dream home.

Team Andrew: Channel 3 travels to Walter Reed
Team Andrew: Channel 3 travels to Walter Reed

Channel 3 anchor Callie Starnes was invited to Walter Reed Medical near Washington DC to update the recovery of Specialist Andrew Smith. It's been 14 months since he stepped on an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Team Andrew: A new leg and more
Team Andrew: A new leg and more

Andrew Smith posted on Facebook "Andrew got a new leg today! The 3r80...it's not electronic, free swing, and a lot lighter."

Team Andrew: Country star Luke Bryan holds concert for local soldier
Team Andrew: Country star Luke Bryan holds concert for local soldier

A big name in country music makes a stop in Chattanooga to show support for a local soldier.

UTC fraternity helps "Steps 2 Hope" raise funds
UTC fraternity helps "Steps 2 Hope" raise funds

A UTC fraternity is helping to hope make a difference in the life of wounded soldier.

Land purchased to build wounded soldier new home
Land purchased to build wounded soldier new home

Channel 3 introduced you to the couple months ago, when a local nonprofit stepped up to build them a home. Andrew and Tori got a look at where their home will be built, and invited Channel 3 along.

Team Andrew: Soldier arrives home at Chattanooga airport
Team Andrew: Soldier arrives home at Chattanooga airport

Waving American flags, about a hundred people gathered at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to welcome a wounded soldier home. Army Specialist Andrew Smith was injured in March, while on patrol in Afghanistan. He stepped on an IED and lost both legs.

Team Andrew: Injured solder returns home Thursday
Team Andrew: Injured solder returns home Thursday

A soldier who lost his legs in Afghanistan is returning to the Tennessee Valley Thursday morning.

'Steps 2 Hope' kick-starts fundraising efforts
'Steps 2 Hope' kick-starts fundraising efforts

A local organization kicked-started its efforts to help young people who have experienced major life-changing events.

Team Andrew: Family of tornado victim to build home for injured soldier
Team Andrew: Family of tornado victim to build home for injured soldier

The family of a Union University student, injured in a 2008 tornado, wants to pay it forward. They are moving forward with plans to build an injured soldier the home he deserves.

Jason Smith: "It feels like we're on vacation"
Jason Smith: "It feels like we're on vacation"

24-hours after getting the keys to their new home, Jason and Lauren Smith say it still feels like just a dream. We checked in with them on Sunday to find out how the new house is treating them.

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