WASHINGTON, March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together and Lowe's are working together to make homes for veterans and their families more accessible.
Rebuilding Together affiliates in California, Colorado, Florida and North Carolina will install ramps donated by Lowe's to veterans, their families and veteran housing facilities. The ramps will make it easier for homeowners to enter and leave their homes freely and safely.
One homeowner recipient is a senior veteran who has lived in his California home for more than 40 years. Volunteers will install a new ramp from the house to the driveway. They also will install transfer poles, grab bars and a chair lift in his home. Another recipient is a 78-year-old great grandmother in Colorado who has lived in her home for nearly 50 years. Her late husband served in World War II.
"Lowe's continues to prove its dedication to Rebuilding Together and to those who have served this country so admirably," said John L. Fiegel, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Rebuilding Together and Lowe's will continue to work together on pursuing a shared passion for a safe and healthy home for everyone by helping low-income families, veterans and entire communities."
Lowe's has contributed more than $7 million to help Rebuilding Together renovate and rehabilitate nearly 1,000 homes nationwide since 2007. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers will team with the Rebuilding Together affiliates to complete the renovations for the veterans.
"The veterans and veteran families that serve our country are true heroes," said Marshall Croom, chairman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. "Partnering with Rebuilding Together to ensure veterans and their families have a safe, accessible home is the right way to give back to those who served our country. Lowe's takes pride in knowing these ramps will help improve their homes."
The five ramps being installed are Gatehouse Custom Access Ramp Systems. The system offers an innovative solution for families in need of improved home access by combining the style of a custom-built wood ramp and the easy, customizable configuration and installation of an aluminum modular ramp. For more information, visit Lowes.com/AccessibleHome.
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 close to 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
Lowe's supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. The company's signature education grant program, Lowe's Toolbox for Education®, has donated more than $34 million to 7,500 K-12 public schools, benefiting more than 4 million schoolchildren. Lowe's Heroes employee volunteers support local community projects and our national nonprofit partners such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross. In 2012, Lowe's and the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $30 million to support communities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility.
SOURCE Rebuilding Together