Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Helping a Hero Org

1,912 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

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

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

12 Kelly165

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.

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with Helping a Hero and its commitment to our veterans. I watched them build a home for a wheelchair bound veteran. They thought of so many things to help make his life easier. They even moved the gas turnoff in the kitchen to where it would be accessible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the Helping A Hero organization! They give our service men and women, who gave up everything for our freedom, some of their own personal freedom back with their specially designed homes. This is a gift of immeasurable worth for our returning soldiers!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping a hero puts so much thought and energy into each and every thing they do for their veterans. They really keep the needs of their military families close to their hearts.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's so wonderful to see an organization so passionate about helping our veterans get a house that accommodates their specific needs so that they can call it home for year to come!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping A Hero is an organization that really cares about the people they help. They go through great lengths to make sure every event for the veterans and their families is meaningful and fun. They go above and beyond with the homes they build and offer support for each family in the months and years that follow after they move into their new home.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's so great to see an organization working to better the lives of our veterans and their families who have really given their all to serve and protect our country.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly thank god for this charity. They do so much good for our service men and women and their families

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful charity fulfilling a real need in the community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping A Hero does so much good for the community!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the annual gala last year and the outpouring of support from the community for the deserving Heroes was amazing. The stories the vets shared were heart warming and so touching. I am looking forward to this years event and I hope even more Heroes are helped in this special way- A new home built specifically for their needs!!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have either volunteered or worked for this first class organization for the past two years. Helping a Hero does so much for our wounded veterans by providing them with homes specially adapted for their needs. I can honestly say that this organization operates with the highest level of integrity and compassion for our heroes and I am proud to be affiliated with it!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great charity that assists wounded vets and their families in any way possible.

3 erod42

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Volunteering for Helping a Hero Organization has been both an honor and a privilege. As a Marine veteran, I hold a special place for our wounded warriors. Many have sacrificed so much to assure our country continues to excel, but at times war veteran’s efforts and lost go unappreciated. Helping A Hero doesn’t forget or underappreciate our veterans.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is great because it delivers to veterans what it promises.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Coming from someone who knows a good amount about not for profit organizations, I can honestly say Helping a Hero is filling a great need in this country. They are responsible, helpful, and respectful! From the office to welcoming their veterans into their new custom homes, everything about Helping a Hero is truly remarkable. I love getting to see this organization grow!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen firsthand the impact this nonprofit has made in several families' lives. They are GREAT!

3 Gary68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a long time volunteer in support of Helping A Hero I am impressed with the mission and the implementation of that mission. Helping A Hero truly cares for those who have given so much to this nation. The local officials I have interacted with have consistently demonstrated their heartfelt commitment to give back to these heroes by placing them into homes that are specially designed to accommodate their sacrifice with integrity.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Wow - I am very impressed with the caring and compassionate nature of Helping a Hero. Although I have only participated on the sidelines there are so many dedicated volunteers helping those in most need. I have seen the pictures of the joy of our service men and women when they receive their new home, a home that works for them. We should never forget those who gave so much so we can live in peace in the USA.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Great ORGANIZATION! So happy that this groups serves those who have sacrificed so much for our country!