Local Dream Home builder helps raise millions of dollars for St. Jude
Chattanooga builder, Gus Issa of GT. Issa-Premiere Homes, is once again joining the effort to help fight childhood cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
This is his team’s seventh year building the St. Jude Dream Home which will be given away during a live broadcast on Channel 3 in June.
Through this project, he’s helped raise millions of dollars for sick children.
He says he still remembers the first time he walked through the doors at the hospital.
“You see children throughout the hospital and realize very quickly that these children do not feel like they are at a hospital,” said Issa.
The hospital is a bright and happy place where children can play and resume some of their normal activities.
When he was approached about building the St. Jude Dream Home he wanted to help but wasn’t sure he could.
“When they reached out to me, I was a little nervous like, is this something I can really take on? I sat down with them and the more they spoke, the more I wanted to do it,” said Issa.
He knew it would be a huge commitment but he took on the challenge anyway.
It takes a lot of work and Issa says the work is nonstop.
Hundreds of hours are spent completing the homes.
His team works with subs and vendors to make sure each dream home is well designed and on schedule, while doing their best to continue to run their daily business.
“Every year I ask myself, can we do this all over again? It’s a lot of work but as soon as the home is done, we forget about all of the time we put into it and all of the effort and we just enjoy the home. We can’t wait to get started the next year,” said Issa.
At the end of the day, Issa says it’s all about helping the children at St. Jude and it warms his heart to know that he can play a part in making a difference for them. “We just want to be able to help the hospital continue to help those children,” said Issa.
The 2019 St. Jude Dream Home project is already underway. The 4,000 square foot home is being built in the Hawks Landing Subdivision in Apison. Issa says it will be “the best one yet.”
The goal for 2019 is to raise $1.2 million and tickets will go on sale in March.