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Jackson EMC playing a role in Devon Gales family residence

Jackson EMC is one of several organizations participating in an effort to build a residence for Devon Gales, a former Southern University football player who was paralyzed during a game against the University of Georgia nearly three years ago.

Since Gales’ injury, he has been embraced by fans and alumni of the University of Georgia on his road to recovery, including extensive rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center, Atlanta. His new home in Jackson County will be wheelchair accessible.

“Today, there’s sunshine,” said UGA director of player wellness Bryant Gantt, who is a close friend of the Gales family. “That’s the light at the end of the tunnel that this family has waited for.”

A groundbreaking ceremony, held at the future homesite of the Gales family, was recently held in Jefferson. On hand were Devon and his parents, Donny and Tish, and siblings Teah and Dalen, along with a host of neighbors and many of the subcontractors who are volunteering services for the build.

Jackson EMC’s Right Choice new homes program will certify that Gales’ new residence is built for energy efficiency and comfort.

“We’re honored to be part of the community effort to give the Gales family a home,” said Amy Bryan, Jackson EMC’s director of residential marketing. “We’re among many individuals and companies working together in their roles to help this family.”

Whit Marshall, CEO of Paran Homes, donated a lot in Traditions of Braselton to the Gates family after hearing about recent revival efforts to raise funds for a home for Devon. Mike Elrod, president of Currahee Home Builders, who volunteered to manage the construction, has also been a stalwart of these efforts. He told a crowd at a groundbreaking ceremony that construction on the Gales home could begin in as little as 30 days.

For more information about this project, including participating companies who have volunteered their services or products, visit BuildforDevon.com. For more information about Jackson EMC’s Right Choice new homes program, visit jacksonemc.com/rightchoice.