Oct 192017
 

HEROES AT HOME PROGRAM TEAMS UP WITH REBUILDING TOGETHER TO RENOVATE HOME FOR KANSAS CITY VETERAN

Volunteers shape up Northland home for former Marine.

Sears’ Heroes at Home program is partnering with Rebuilding Together Kansas City to renovate the home of a veteran who served in the U. S. Marines from 1973-1977 as a Fire Rescue Man in the Air Wing Division.  Most of his time was spent at the bases in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and Honolulu, Hawaii.  Unfortunately, he now suffers from debilitating injuries acquired through his military career and post-military employment. 

This veteran’s life has been permanently changed by his injuries and disabilities.  Now 60 years old, and unable to work, he has been forced to solely survive on his disability check.  He does all he can to keep his house picked up and presentable, but his limited income does not enable him to make essential repairs.  He has lived in his house for 5 years, and he is frustrated that he is not physically able to complete the maintenance and repairs himself. 

Roof leaks are causing interior damage, and dysfunctional gutters are causing increased deterioration to the siding.  Although he has some family in the area who are helpful with regular maintenance and upkeep, these big repair items are beyond his resources.

During a home visit, He said, “It would mean the world to me to have these repairs done for me.  It would take a load of worries off of my mind about how I’m ever going to keep my house from totally deteriorating and falling apart.”

Utilizing a layered approach, Rebuilding Together KC Volunteer Crews will provide repairs to his home, focusing on health and safety improvements that will enable this veteran to remain in his home for as long and as safely as possible, simultaneously preserving both well-being and quality of life.

Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide bring together thousands of community volunteers each year, to provide free home repairs and modifications to low-income Americans – older adults, persons with disabilities, military veterans and families in need.

Over the last decade, the Heroes at Home program has raised over $21 million in support of Rebuilding Together’s and served 14,250 veterans across the country. Rebuilding Together affiliates and Sears’ Heroes at Home program will complete dozens of projects this fall, adding to the nearly 1,700 rebuilds completed since the program began.

Special Thanks to:

  • volunteers from the Bank of America for replacing the roof on October 7.
  • volunteers from The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company for replacing soffits, fascia, and siding on October 21.
  • Rick Miller of L & M Electric for replacing the electrical panel and updating wiring to make this veteran’s home safe.
  • RTKC Project Manager, Marty Clariday, for his efforts to bring this project to fruition.
  • Sears for their continued partnership and project funding.
  • our homeowner for his dedicated service to our country and our community.

You too can support this local veteran through our Heroes at Home project. Your donation will support critical program components including building materials and supplies, project management, and professional labor expenses. Thank you for your support.

                                

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