PELLA, IA – February 20, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) –Energy-efficient window and door manufacturer Pella donated $30,000 to the non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) and helped raise additional cash, building materials and labor to support the national cause through its partners in THE PRO EXPO Presented by PellaSM program.
Pella selected Homes for Our Troops — which builds homes for severely injured U.S. service members and their families — as its charitable partner for THE PRO EXPO Presented by Pella held in 30 U.S. and Canadian markets in 2011. Pella asked its national partners and professionals who attended events to help support the charitable cause.
“Through THE PRO EXPO Presented by Pella events, we bring together builders, remodelers, contractors and architects to network, share ideas and attend educational seminars,” said Chris Dana, trade marketing manager at Pella. “We were also proud to help raise awareness and support for Homes for Our Troops to help those who’ve sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom.”
How to help
Donations can be made through Homes for Our Troops’ secure online fundraising site http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer?pagename=donate>. For more information about home builds, visit the Homes for Our Troops website www.homesforourtroops.org>.
Non-profit helps severely injured veterans
Since it was founded in 2004, Homes for Our Troops has assisted severely injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor and coordinates the process of building a specially-adapted home that enables an injured veteran to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at no cost to the veterans.
“Many veterans are returning home from wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with life-altering injuries sustained while defending the United States overseas,” said Dawn Teixeira, executive director of Homes for Our Troops. “These American heroes need specially adapted homes that will allow them to regain their independence and help them and their families rebuild their lives.”
Injuries include the loss of one or more limbs, varying levels of paralysis and traumatic brain injury. Some veterans also return with blindness, deafness or severe burns. They may be confined to a wheelchair or may utilize a wheelchair when they are unable to walk on their prosthetics. Their homes are no longer a place of comfort, but rather filled with barriers that make the simplest tasks difficult, if not impossible, Teixeira said.
Homes designed for accessibility
Homes for Our Troops’ specially adapted homes go beyond Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. They typically feature single-level, open floor plans, roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Depending on the severity of the injury sustained by the veteran, homes may also include specialized items like lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls.
Homes for Our Troops videos:
- Homes for Our Troops – Our Stories http://www.youtube.com/user/homesforourtroops#p/u/44/s3cPEB-ds5s
- Texas 3-Star Build Brigade
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