Sears celebrates Five-Years of HEROES AT HOME!
Renewing its longstanding commitment to improving the lives of America’s military families, Sears launched its annual spring/summer renovation campaign in April with Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership. In the past five years, Sears Heroes at Home has raised more than $16 million and helped more than 62,000 families via Rebuilding Together. Now through July 28, Sears is encouraging Americans to give back and continue their efforts by donating funds to Heroes at Home at their local Sears store or via a link online at sears.com/heroesathome.
“As grateful Americans, we know the great sacrifices our military heroes make to protect our nation,” said Ron Boire, Sears Holdings’ executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart formats. “Sears’ Heroes at Home program, teaming with Rebuilding Together, turns that spirit of appreciation into action that helps improve the lives of our veterans. We’re proud to be marking five years and more than 1,100 rebuilt homes and owe this success to the generosity and dedication of our customers and associates.”
Heroes at Home rebuilds vary in size and scope, but all strive to provide safe and accessible housing. Highlights of the 150 projects currently underway across the country include:
- Aurora, Il. – A complete ‘studs-to-roof’ renovation of a historic home that will eventually house 15 veterans suffering from war-borne trauma and substance abuse.
- Savannah, Ga. – A total roof replacement, updated windows and electrical wiring for a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran in desperate need.
- Green Bay, Wis. – A project to restore a donated home to give transitioning veterans a place to live while they make the needed changes in their life to finish schooling, secure employment, or save enough of their own money to make a down payment or security deposit on a place to live.
- Tacoma, Wash. – Home modifications for the widow of a military veteran who is now in a wheelchair and can no longer move comfortably about her home, including the widening of two doorways, replacing flooring and the installation of a wheelchair ramp.
- Rockville, Md. – Bathroom modifications, an exterior lift and a walkway so the wife of a Navy veteran who has physical disabilities can safely move about the home.
The need for housing assistance for the country’s veterans has never been greater. This infographic provides a snapshot: