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Gold Star family given a dream of a lifetime

Volunteers work to rennovate home
Posted: 5:56 PM, Aug 03, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-04 09:38:56-04

On a quiet street in Port St. Lucie, the sound of construction fills the air. The noise is coming from a house that has sat untouched since tragedy struck in 2011.

“Stuff stopped," Clay Schumann Jr. said, "Our hearts changed from our house needs to be done to more faith, family, friends.”

Renovations were well underway when Clay's father, Clay Sr. and Linda Schumann got a call informing them that their son, U.S. Army SPC Jordan Schuman,  had been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

At that moment, everything stopped.

“The bathroom had started and they had cabinetry and so forth, but it stopped," Lyette Reback of "Believe With Me" said. "You could almost tell, a heartbreak happened.”

Now, five years later, dozens of volunteers are working to get the family and this project back on track.

“Giving it a whole new fresh look." Lyette Reback and an organization called “Believe With Me” have stripped the house to the studs and are doing a full renovation. While repairs and upgrades are made, mom and dad are vacationing on Palm Beach; their kids say it's the first time they've gotten away since their honeymoon more than 30 years ago.

Family friends like Tom Clyde say they deserve this and more. “They just give of themselves, to anybody and everybody. It's easy to give back to them because they do nothing but give of themselves.”

The big reveal is set for Sunday. All of the people who helped- -- including those from their church and employees from the city of Port St. Lucie -- will be in attendance.

Employees in the city’s building department have jumped in to help. Some are personally helping to pay for the new air conditioning system's permit fees. A local business is paying for the permit for new windows and a resident donated money for the siding permit. Waste Pro also has stepped in to help out.

Jordan Schumann was a 2006 graduate of St. Lucie West Centennial High School and raised in Port St. Lucie.