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Homes For Our Troops, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   15 reviews 3,844

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing

Address:

6 Main St Taunton MA 02780 USA

Mission:

Homes for Our Troops is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. We are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. It is our duty and our honor to assist severely injured servicemen and servicewomen and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

Geographic areas served:

USA

Programs:

This is our sole program.  In the last six years, Homes for Our Troops has committed to giving back freedom and independence to 100 military families.
 
The average cost of a specially adapted home is $330,000. A backlog of severely injured veterans currently await homes, and the number of eligible applicants continues to grow. Estimates of veterans that have injuries so severe that they are in need of an adapted home number more than 1,000. With America's support, Homes for Our Troops can build specially adapted homes for all of them.

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508-823-3300
www.homesforourtroops.org

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Reviews for Homes For Our Troops, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

What an amazing organization! Your website is wonderful, full of stories abou how you are making a difference. Thank you for what you are doing for our wounded heroes. You are truly making an impact on the lives of our veterans.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

HFOT is one organization I highly recommend to donors, friends, family and colleagues because of their commitment to help and support our disabled vets. I actively support them and invite you to do the same!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is is one of the few charities for veterans which gives most of the money for the benefits of veterans and not for advertizing or for salaries. I was disappointed to learn that only about half of the money donated to Wounded Warriors goes for the benefit of veterans.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for two house builds here in Florida and got to meet the vets who are on the receiving end of these homes. At the recent Beimfohr build in Tampa, Sgt Austin Burchard gave a speech (written by his wife!) on what it meant for him to have this specially adapted house, with a roll in shower with a special drain so he could empty his colostomy bag. Yes he said it, but it's so true and it gives him the independence to take care of his needs as much as possible. I wish they had recorded that speech because it really brought home what this organization is working for. There are lots of veterans charities, the Charity Watch report lists 48 nonprofit organizations that provide veteran support. Of the 48 there are only 10 “A” grades, HFOT is one of the As. There are approximately 22 “F” grades, which is the lowest score. So use the Charity rating sites and KNOW where your money is going!!! That this charity is run by a former CSM of the Army, lends it incredible 'street cred'. My wife and I are now trying to organize a bike run to help raise funds in Florida.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered for needy kids, animals shelters, and a multiple of other nonprofits, but nothing has been as rewarding as contributing my time and energy to Homes For Our Troops. Although my husband, myself nor my children have served in the military, as an American, I ever forever grateful to these young, volunteer heroes who keep us safe from harm. You don't have to be a construction worker to help them. Raise funds for them to provide them with the money they need for the price of a handicap house which is in the $300,000 range.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

although I have never met any of the soldiers I raise money for, I am proud to know that I helped them get their homes. It's my way of saying "Thank you!"

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello, my name is Penni Salge and I am the President of the Canyon Lake Area Blue Star Mothers - TX 7. HFOT contacted us around the beginning of 2010 to see if we were interested in helping them build homes. All I can say is I love this organization and all they do for our wounded warriors. Our BSM group has now helped build 5 homes in our area, and we are looking forward to building many more.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the beginning and final results of beautiful homes they build for our wounded warriors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing different. They have been successful in building 100 homes for our wounded warriors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello my name is Jason Letterman and I would love to tell you how Homes for our troops built me an amazing house. I was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for two years recovering after an IED explosion took both of my legs from the knee down. A represenative from homes for our troops came to walter reed and explained how homes for our troops builds houses for wounded combat vets like myself, so I applied and got approved. 1 year after being approved I got my house built in hinesville ga its everything I could possibly ask for and then some. Wide hallways, lowered down sinks and stoves, pushbutton doors to help me get in and out with my wheelchair, a roll in shower. Everything I could possibly need to make my life easier in a wheelchair they put into this house. I'd like to say thankyou again to homes for our troops for supporting our combat wounded veterans and everyone that made building my house possible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Knowing other soldiers who have had a house built for them all over the United States. And I have also received a house as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Let more people know about how great this organization truly is...

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son was injured severely in Iraq in 2006. He spent 2 years recovering and was ready to leave the hospital. He has an above knee amputation on the left side and nerve damage in his arm. This makes getting around a regular home very difficult. His first apartment was not handicapped accessible. He uses his wheelchair when at home and wears his leg when he goes out. He cannot wear his leg for more than a few hours a day, so a handicapped home is a necessity for him. He was very frustrated not being able to cook or fit in his kitchen, not being able to shower without fear of falling, and struggling to fit his chair through the doorways that were narrow.
Homes For Our Troops built him a home in April and Kenny now has his independence once again. He doesn't worry about falling in the shower, burning himself while trying to cook on one leg, or trying to squeeze his wheel chair down a narrow hall or through a small door. He is now able to take care of himself and achieve the independence that his injury threatened to take away. The wide doorways and automatic doors make getting in the house with groceries easy. The special toilets, shower stall, and lower counter tops help Kenny to focus on what he can do and do not constantly remind him of what he cannot do.
I am grateful and thankful for Homes For Our Troops for giving my son back his life. His attitude, his demeanor, and his ability to do for himself have all improved since moving into this home. God Bless you Homes For Our Troops and may you continue to build until no more are needed!
GiGi Windsor
Mother to Sgt. Kenny Lyon, USMC injured 5-1-2006

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son is the recipient of one of their homes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would multiply it by 100 and put them all over America!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I served as an infantry medic in the Army. In 2007 I was injured in a road side blast breaking both of my feet and legs along with my back, an arm, my jaw, and leaving me with a mild TBI hospitalzing me for one and a half years. In spring of 2008 I got in touch with Homes for our troops and they said they would build a brand new home for me with the contributions of many peoples help. Everyone involved was extremely nice and caring and have changed my life for the better in ways that I will forever be grateful for.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

St Paul, Minnesota.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Everything that I've seen with this organization has been amazing and I wouldn't change anything.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

In early 2008 I was contacted by Paul Gemme and Mike Duckett of Homes for our Troops from Massachusetts. They wanted to know if I would be interested in building a home for one of their disabled veterans, Andy Robinson in Florence, New Jersey. I responded positively however I definitely had reservations.
The economy was rather weak in the home building business and I was responsible to attempt to get assistance from local sub contractors and suppliers to ease the overall burden of cost of construction. My other concern was trying to keep control on a project where I did not know some of the participants. Turned out that I was surprisingly impressed on how everything came together. Homes for our Troops appointed Mike Duckett to be my contact. He walked me through the process that they had in place and was always available to discuss any issues with me.
The project was unbelievably rewarding. The people that I met along the way were so incredibly nice and supportive. One of the best examples was the help that I received from an organization in New York know as HEART 911. Bill Keegan and John Viola, the founders, brought about 70 experienced volunteers down to help on our three day build brigade. I would not have succeeded that weekend without their help. We worked alongside of the family of the soldier as well as many local volunteers.
We had sub contractors and suppliers almost fighting over the ability to be the one selected to do the work. At the key ceremony watching Andy and his wife enter their new home was so emotional. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of this project. Congratulations to Homes for our Troops for making this possible for some of our disabled veterans, a small thank you for what they gave to us.

Charles Kojeski
Kojeski Construction

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization through the construction of a new home for a disabled veteran

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It appears to be running fine as it is

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