Totaling More Than $17 Million in Funding for Veteran's Housing Rebuild Projects Over Five Years
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that believes in a safe and healthy home for every person, will receive $1.8 million from Sears Holdings Heroes at Home program to assist low-income military families with critical home repairs, improvements, and accessibility modifications.
$1.8 million was raised this past summer through customer donations at Sears stores and online via a link at sears.com/heroesathome. Over the past five years Sears has raised $17 million for Rebuilding Together via its Heroes at Home program and helped 1,287 families stay in their homes.
"This relationship has proved invaluable to Rebuilding Together," said Gary Officer, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "The funds that Sears has raised have gone on to help improve the living conditions of so many military families. We look forward to seeing even more homes repaired with Sears help."
Sears and Rebuilding Together's efforts this summer included assisting 150 veteran families in need across the United States; veterans like Captain Pat Horan, who suffered a major head wound after being shot while serving in Baghdad five years ago. Sears Heroes at Home and Rebuilding Together installed an elevator into the Horan Home. Volunteers totally renovated their bathroom to make it wheelchair accessible. Handrails were also installed throughout the home to prevent falls. Doors were widened and the back porch was renovated to make the home even more accessible.
Sears and Rebuilding Together also worked together to help build a "House United" as part of the Craftsman House United program. The Craftsman brand along with DIY expert Ty Pennington, NextGen Home, Bank of America, and Champion Home Builders built a modular home for a deserving American vet. One half of the home was built with state delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida on Aug. 28, and the other half was built with state delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sept. 4.
About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy 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 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trade's professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part 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, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,000 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which includes over 810 Full-line and more than 1,270 specialty stores in the U.S. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 11 million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
SOURCE Rebuilding Together