HomeFront Day 2016

HomeFront Kicks Off Campaign to Revitalize 65 Homes for Low-Income Families on Sat., May 7th

April 18, 2016 — 364 days of intensive planning and outreach is about to translate into one day of massive home repairs delivered at no cost to 65 local, low-income families and the community centers that serve them. Sat. May 7th marks the 29th annual HomeFront Day across more than 54 cities in CT & NY. In all, 2,000 volunteers from 65 local faith communities, corporations and civic groups figure to answer the prayers of local, older adults living on fixed incomes, single-parent households, persons with disabilities and low-income families facing illness or unemployment. Generous building material donors, grantors, and other financial backers have answered the call, backing this monumental pro bono, hands on repair blitz.

This year, a partnership with The Home Depot Foundation (THDF) takes HomeFront’s low-income veteran housing response to a whole new level. The Home Depot Foundation funds projects that improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. More than 200,000 veterans reside in CT alone. Six of 10 large-scale revitalization projects funded by THDF for veterans culminate on HomeFront Day. Volunteers from Norwalk-based, Temple Shalom, are on board to complete weeks of work on behalf of Arthur & Ruth Bobrowski. Arthur, a veteran of the Korean conflict, and his wife were sorely in need of a wheel chair ramp, an answer to their dysfunctional kitchen, and extensive adjustments to make their bathroom more accessible. Further up the shoreline, a crew from St. George’s Church of Guilford, is poised to put the finishing touches on a substantial effort for Ross & Margaret Sher, a couple in their 80s who care for a disabled daughter. Ross served our country in the U.S. Navy. Among other things, volunteers expect to finish replacing their leaky roof, installing a wheelchair ramp and addressing broken kitchen cabinets with funds from The Home Depot Foundation. According to HomeFront Board Chair, Kenneth Wiegand, “Each year, HomeFront receives requests from 80 veteran families in need. We commend The Home Depot Foundation for a commitment that builds mightily on our record of giving back to those who served our country.”

The collective compassion of hands on volunteers, product contributors, foundations and other donors brings HomeFront to the mark of 2,930 homes revitalized in program history, delivering $50 million of service where it is needed most. HomeFront is a community-based program dedicated to keeping low-income homeowners in their homes with an improved quality of life through substantial repairs completed at no cost to them. More information on HomeFront can be found online at: www.homefrontprogram.org.

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