Sears Heroes at Home program, which includes a collaboration between Sears Holdings and Rebuilding Together, announced the beginning of their spring 2013 Heroes at Home projects. Heroes at Home projects are key initiatives for Rebuilding Together, a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home, and strive to improve the lives of the military and their families through extensive home rehabilitations.
Rebuilding Together Queen Anne’s County, MD is partnering with Talisman Therapeutic Riding (TTR), another not-for-profit organization in our county, who provides therapeutic riding services to wounded warriors and service disabled Veterans. Grant money awarded will be used to rehabilitate a cottage on the TTR grounds on Perry Corner Rd, Grasonville, MD for use by these brave men and women and their families while engaged in rehabilitative programs.
Therapeutic riding has been used by Warrior in Transition Units (WTU) throughout the country to deliver care to injured service personnel. In developing the program at TTR, Command Leaders at both the WTU at Ft. Meade, MD and the National Medical Center (formerly Walter Reed Hospital) in Bethesda, MD expressed great interest in increasing the use of the program at a facility that could accommodate service personnel and their families for a weekend or even a weeklong program, delivering more treatment sessions in a relaxing setting for the combat hero and family and engaging all of them in the healing process. No existing facility currently provides this service but TTR knew it potentially could because of its size and location. In 2012, TTR won a direct grant from the Wounded Warrior Project that covers program costs for service disabled personnel who enroll in this program and they are ready to begin transforming some of the buildings that exist on their property into living space for their “Heroes on Horses” program.
The Queen Anne’s County Affiliate of Rebuilding Together is working with TTR in a unique and synergistic partnership to directly benefit America’s bravest and their families. We identified a one story, two bedroom farm cottage on the grounds at TTR that, in the course of 3-6 weeks, could be transformed into a comfortable, short term home for future TTR Heroes on Horses clients and their families.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with TTR because this will provide an opportunity for service members with disabilities to spend time in a setting that will amplify their therapeutic experience. This will be the only riding academy in the Northeast with housing for clients and we are certain that the military will send many clients to this extraordinary program that was made possible by the generosity of Sears and national Rebuilding Together” said Wes Bodin, President of the Queen Anne’s County Affiliate of Rebuilding Together.
This project will start with volunteer professional roofers replacing the roof of the cottage, followed by another volunteer professional contractor replacing the old windows. Additional contractors have volunteered to make this cottage ‘handicap accessible’ by expanding all existing doors and doorways. When this is completed, additional professional and less-skilled volunteers will cover the cottage in siding that was donated by a local merchant. More volunteers will work on the rest of the home, including the kitchen, bathroom, living room and two bedrooms. Overall, more than 70 volunteers, both highly skilled and less-skilled, from Rebuilding Together and Sears will complete the renewal of this cottage, making it safe, warm and dry for its future residents. “We are so grateful to our local community of both professional and less-skilled people who are so willing and ready to help with this project” said Wes Bodin.
“Heroes at Home is a terrific opportunity for us to give back to the men and women who have given so much to our country,” said John L Fiegel, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Rebuilding Together and Sears work to ensure that our veterans can return to a safe, healthy, and accessible home.”
Heroes at Home projects are scheduled to be completed in more than 75 cities across the country. The projects include renovations for veterans who are unable to live in their current home conditions, due to injuries or obstacles that threaten their avenue to a safe and accessible home.
“Sears Heroes at Home program allows our associates, SHOP YOUR WAY REWARDS℠ Members and customers the opportunity to participate not only in the rebuilding of homes, but also in the transformation of lives,” said Ron Boire, executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart Formats. “It is our collective honor to assist America’s veterans and their families, who have given so much to protect our freedom, by providing the resources necessary so that they can improve their living conditions.”
To date, Sears Holdings has raised nearly $17 million for Heroes at Home through a nationwide in-store fund-raising campaign. This is one of the hundreds of projects made possible by these donations. Rebuilding Together has completed more than 1,100 projects for veteran homeowners across the country. The success of this program is only expected to rise as more projects are completed.
Heroes at Home spring rebuilds will begin in March and conclude in June.
Queen Anne’s County Affiliate of Rebuilding Together is an all volunteer organization working to improve the living conditions of our neediest residents. We help low income elderly and/or disabled homeowners living in Queen Anne’s County to keep their homes safe, healthy, warm and dry. Our volunteers come from all parts of our County, including churches, social groups and businesses.
About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our nearly 200 local affiliates complete approximately 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trade professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation is a leading integrated retailer with over 2,500 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and the home of SHOP YOUR WAY, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through ShopYourWay.com. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, fitness equipment and automotive repair and maintenance. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, with a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands’ End, the Kardashian Kollection, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as Sofia by Sofia Vergara and The Country Living Home Collection. We are the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 15 million service and installation calls made annually and have a long-established commitment to those who serve in the military through initiatives like the Heroes at Home program. We have been named the 2011 Mobile Retailer of the Year, Recipient of the 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year “Sustained Excellence Award” for Product Retailing and Energy Management and one of the Top 20 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings’ website at www.searsholdings.com. Twitter: @searsholdings | |Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SHCCareers