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Helping a Hero Org

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Veterans

Mission: Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 2006, that provides support for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. Our principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members through partnerships made with the builders, developers, communities, and the veteran. Helping a Hero strives to engage the community in providing services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. Additionally, Helping a Hero provides support programs such as marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, recreational activities, emotional support, and financial support.

Results: Helping a Hero has awarded over 100 homes in 22 states. 10 homes are in varying stages of the planning process and veterans will be moving into homes throughout the year. We have also served hundreds of veterans through our Operation Merry Christmas program and the Community Shower Gift Card program.

Programs: The wounded warrior home program is the signature homebuilding program for severely wounded warriors injured in support of the global war on terror. Traditionally, homes are built in master-planned communities with the developer and builder donating time and materials toward the construction of the house, in addition to their paid services. Helping a hero. Org donates cash funds and oversees the project. The veteran is required to take out a minimum 50,000 mortgage on the home plus contribute the proceeds of their va grant for which most of the veterans are eligible. For more information, see schedule o the actual mortgage amount is determined at the end of the building process and is based on the minimum required 50,000 veteran investment, plus any upgrades selected by the veteran over the maximum 100,000 cash contribution by the organization and any excess cost of land. Each home is built to address the special adaptation standards for the veteran who will live in the home and is designed to ensure maximum independence,within budget constraints. The home is recorded at cost plus any in kind donations from the builder or other sources. During 2014 there were 543,930 of in kind donations that are added to the cost of homes under construction during 2014. To date, the organization has awarded 113 homes in 22 states. The organization conducts a groundbreaking ceremony before the construction of a new home for the wounded warrior. The ceremony allows the organization to introduce the wounded warrior and his, or her, family to the community, educate the community about the needs of the wounded warrior, educate other businesses about the opportunity for giving back to wounded warriors, and honor the wounded warrior for his or her service. The organization has a welcome home ceremony when the home is completed and the wounded hero is ready to move in. The ceremony allows the organization to thank all the vendors who have donated time or products to the home as well as to educate the community about the adaptation needs that this wounded hero has as a result of his or her permanent injuries.

the organization conducts a groundbreaking ceremony before the construction of a new home for the wounded warrior. The ceremony allows the organization to introduce the wounded warrior and his, or her, family to the community, educate the community about the needs of the wounded warrior, educate other businesses about the opportunity for giving back to wounded warriors, and honor the wounded warrior for his or her service. The organization has a welcome home ceremony when the home is completed and the wounded hero is ready to move in. The ceremony allows the organization to thank all the vendors who have donated time or products to the home as well as to educate the community about the adaptation needs that this wounded hero has as a result of his or her permanent injuries.

marriage retreats, caregiver programs, financial education - the wounded heroes and their families often face an uphill battle with their marriages as they transition from the military back into civilian life. The divorce rate is an average of 85% among the most severely wounded. The organization is committed to equipping these families to enhance their communication skills and work through these crisis issues so that they can rebuild their marriages, based on the new normal they now face. Over 40 families have participated in the retreats, webinars, and crisis communication support for more information, see schedule o the caregivers, primarily spouses and parents, face the 24/7 day to day challenges of supporting our wounded warriors. They are often overlooked and unappreciated. The organization organizes and offers retreats that provide encouragement, fun, pampering, and camaraderie for these care- givers. Over 50 caregivers participated in these programs during 2014. The wounded warriors have often been in the military since high school and do not know what it takes to sustain a household in the civilian world. The organization helps them develop a budget and make better financial decisions. Emergency needs and recreation support - the organization provides ongoing support for wounded warriors and their families, with priority given to home recipients. This support includes financial support, sports events, fishing and hunting outings, rodeos, operation merry christmas, and others. Over 300 wounded warriors receive assistance.

Community Stories

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HAH is more than just an organization, they are our family. HAH builds homes for Heroes and their families such as ourselves but HAH does so much more than that; you have to look at the whole picture especially when dealing with all the mixed media out there. There are two sides to every story. Did they mention the dinners, shoots, tours, family functions, hunts we all get to experience together? Did they mention how the staff and volunteers at HAH have completely dedicated their lives to this cause? Did they mention they have sleepless nights getting everything ready for the events? What about the marriage counseling that HAH has set up for us with a Volunteer (who flies cross county several times a year to be with us and does individual sessions with Gomeeting)? HAH does all this because they care; It is for their family. And frankly, we are proud to be a part of the HAH family.

Lui L.

Donor

Rating: 5

This fantastic organization grants disabled veterans the opportunity to own a custom built home that suits each veterans needs. I made a donation last year and was pleased to see the results of the hard work that Helping A Hero made in these veterans lives.

Trey B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing non profit that helps veterans in their greatest times of need!

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is a wonderful organization. I've seen firsthand how much they truly care about severely injured veterans and veterans in general.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization. They truly go the extra mile in helping wounded veterans get back on their feet

Lillian P. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps our veterans! I was glad to help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They were well organized with friendly staff and the director, Jacob Way was outstanding and extremely professional

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally worked with this Veteran Charity in design work in a donated home for the Scott family in New Braunfels (TX) and several fund-raising events for the organization. The leadership in this organization is top notch; they're committed to furthering the goals of the charity in providing homes for deserving veterans and I look forward to continuing to volunteer with Helping a Hero in the future!

Leslie Shatto, Harris County Precinct Chair
VP - Lake Houston Pachyderm Club
Harris County Training & Development Committee
Conservative & Social Media Activist:
Lake Houston Conservative News

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people. Amazing organization. Amazing cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

An organization that truly cares. They are committed to helping to build a better life for the wounded hero AND their family.

James R.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization does fantastic work! Recently hosted an incredible in Houston.

JuanPablo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is an amazing charity that gives to Veterans who have endured disfiguring and traumatic events. This charity not only supports veterans who are disabled by building custom made homes but also gives support to their children. This is a non-profit that truly gives back to military families who are in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They pay attention to every detail and every need. My husband was awarded a home back in 2014. They went above and beyond!

Michelle G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping a hero is a fantastic organization! They are truly in business to help veterans who’ve been wounded change and transform their lives. I have first hand seen the impact they make on our communities! I am thankful Helping a Hero exists!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization that’s making a difference in disabled veterans’ lives and it’s headed up by a Millennial with energy the “Speed of Trump” and great business sense!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Helping a hero has done a lot of good causes in the community, the dedication and love they have towards our heroes is incredible moving and something to be proud of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is a phenomenal charity that gives to Veterans who have endured life-altering, traumatic events. This charity not only supports veterans who are disabled by building custom made homes but also gives support to their families. This is a non-profit that truly gives back to military families who are in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization helping wounded veterans! We need more organizations like this.

Lauren W.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible organization in helping out veterans. Can’t wait to see this go nationwide and become bigger and better.

Jacob Jack W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero does amazing things to help veterans all over the country!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The leadership of Helping a Hero really cares about the families of our veterans. I enjoyed getting to set up caregiver activities for the spouses of our wounded warriors.