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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

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.

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.

1

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.

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!

3 Alice53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero directly impacts our veterans and their families. Great organization.

3 Thomas70

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization has done a great job in providing specialized housing for those special needs veterans who have lost limbs and been severely injured to protect us here at home in the fight against those forces of terrorism. I have made donations to this group for the past several years and I don't make donations to any organization where I cannot see most of my money going to the people an organization says it is helping. This non-profit is one of those great groups I have that kind of faith in.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is like family to me. I received a home from Helping a Hero. I am so grateful that Helping a Hero has always been there for me when I needed them. And thanks to their Wounded Hero Home Program agreement I didnt lose my home in my divorce. Thank you Helping a Hero!
Kenny Adams

Review from Guidestar

3 Shawn34

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero
Restores the independence and changes the life of our wounded warriors.
This is an organization that is most worthy of your time , talent or donations.

3 Ben P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to Helping a Hero in November 2013. During their Annual Gala, I witnessed the organization's giving spirit and tremendous respect for America's finest men and women. This organization is committed to ensuring that those who have sacrificed so much are empowered and supported.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been involved with this organization since 2008 and have had a great experience the whole time. They are all about relationships and I'm so glad for the one we have with them!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I was a donor on the first home built by Helping a Hero. It is so inspiring to meet the men and women that have served our country. The home recipients of Helping a Hero have incredible stories of valor, sacrifice, duty, and honor. Watching Helping a Hero build these homes makes me proud to be an American, Great job Helping a Hero.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is a very accountable charity and its audit shows over 80 cents of every donation goes to the bottom line. I was impressed that they are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The BBB has a very stringent 20 point review process and there are only less than 100 charities in the Houston area with the BBB seal. Hats off to Helping a Hero for going the extra mile so donors know their money is well invested.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

The United States Army has been supporting many of the Helping A Hero events that have occurred since the organization's inception at multiple events throughout the country.

We have sent Soldier volunteers to help these Heroes following their home presentations to help with their needs. This organization provides an unbelievable community service that ties both the community and the federal, state and local government together in one effort.

There are normally very few uniformed military at these events and that part is sad, since these Heroes have given so much. The U.S. Army is committed to these heroes and we make every effort to attend groundbreaking or home dedications, whenever feasible and our heroes really appreciate seeing military there to support them. Often, there will be a Soldier or two who served on the mission they were injured on and this means the world to them.

Helping A Hero is a tremendous organization that we will continue to support wherever the call.

The U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for east Texas also attends when their calendars permit.

5

Advisor

Rating: 5

In a world that can seem crowded with good causes, Helping a Hero truly shows how to stay focused on the goal of helping veterans and their family.. Probably the best thing is that their track record and personal involvement means that the project WILL get done and done right. Working with them has truly been educational and inspiring.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keystone Concrete is more than honored to be a part of Helping a Hero! Every experience with this organization from fundraising through construction has been 1st class! Keystone Concrete company owners along with employees feel it is our duty to help the men and women who have put themselves in harms way to protect our liberties!

Tom Ward
Keystone Concrete
Director of Business Development

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Huge lack of organization and communication. Staff and board members have very high turnover...when someone questions the integrity of the chairman, out they go. Lots of bad press with unanswered questions and missing money.... Not a fan or supporter of this organization anymore.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Helping Hero for about 5 years and have been nothing but impressed. I've been involved in the ground breaking for a home for a local vet and then in the presentation of that home later. The local volunteers are exceptional, and their fund raising projects have been handled flawlessly. The leadership at the national level is nothing short of outstanding, and the fact that $.82 of every dollar donated goes to the vets is testament to the fact this is a first class and above-the-board organization. I strongly recommend Helping a Hero for anyone's volunteering or donation plans. There are numerous organizations in the country dedicated to taking care of our wounded vets, but Helping a Hero ranks at the top of the list. Your volunteer talents and your monetary support for Helping a Hero will NOT be wasted. They are an absolutely First Rate organization.

Review from Guidestar

3 Meredith I.

Board Member

Rating: 5

HelpingaHero.org is a family. In just a few days, the first home recipient, PFC Kenny Adams, USA (Ret) will complete his commitment to live in his beautiful $300,000 home for 10 years. While the home equity was always in his name, he couldn't borrow against it for the 10 years beyond his original mortgage of $50,000 that represented his obligation to the home. This 10 year agreement also kept him from losing his home or the equity in a divorce. Our wounded warriors need our support. Building an accessible home tailored to their needs is an important first step. And encouraging them as they continue their journey on their road to recovery, is important too. Helping a Hero builds amazing homes, and does marriage retreats, caregiver retreats, hunting and fishing trips, Operation Merry Christmas, and so much more.

Review from Guidestar

6

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a former Board member of this charity, I encourage you to support Helping a Hero and help this charity build more homes for wounded warriors. Helping a Hero is a transparent and accountable charity and was certified in February 2015 by the Better Business Bureau as a transparent and accountable charity.

Helping a Hero identifies the wounded warrior, raises the funds for the home, then assembles the build team, designs the adapted floorplan to meet the needs of the wounded warrior, works with the builder to secure in kind labor and material donations and builds the home as agreed and approved by the wounded warrior.

Review from Guidestar

7 Dottie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked with wounded warriors for several years in several capacities. While working with a couple of them at Brooke Army Medical Center I came upon Helping a Hero. I was so impressed that I have volunteered for the past 3 years. I know for a fact that the organization goes through growing pains but I also know that they go ABOVE and BEYOND . No company, organization nor person is perfect but I know this group tries very hard. I am a believer in being fair and if you have a complaint talk it out and address the real problem. I do believe that the present leaders of this non profit do that. I have seen the smiles on warrior's faces as the result of actions taken by Helping a Hero. This organization not only builds special adapted homes but it also has been known to pay electric bills, taxes, send warriors children to summer camp and so many other unexpected things. I put my money where my mouth is and financially support this wonderful organization because of the love and care shown to all warriors.

Review from Guidestar

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is an outstanding charity and a great steward of contributions, with the four year average of 90% of all funds contributed being spent on veteran programs. They operate with a very lean staff, yet have helped veterans in 22 states. This is a highly recommended charity.

Review from Guidestar

4 Daniel91

Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm part of the home recipient class of 2015, and Helping a Hero has been fantastic so far. Even though I haven't broken ground on a home, the process has been going well. HaH is upfront with what they are committing to, and they are clear on what I'm responsible for. Under new leadership, I'm confident that Helping a Hero will correct any mistakes they have made and continue to better the lives of veterans.

I do know some veterans who are unhappy with HaH and feel they have been mislead or taken advantage of. I can't speak for them, just myself. All I know is that they are trying to correct the mistakes that were so that vets like me know what to expect and not given false promises.

I love being a part of the Helping a Hero family. Jeff Ragland and Johnnie Yellock are stand up guys and give it to you straight. That's all I ask for.

Review from Guidestar

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a blessing HaH has been to our family. We've never felt misled by the organization. We understand that this is not an overnight process. Col. Jeff and his team have answered all our questions and concerns in a timely manner. We consider them family and are very pleased to be a part of this incredible organization.

5 Rosel R.

Client Served

Rating: 3

Let's start off with what HaH did right, they put me and my family into a beautiful home. They created a network of veterans that grew into a military like brotherhood that we loved and shared all of our moments within organization. I met and befriended countless other veterans going through the same situation as my family. I am grateful and humbled beyond belief that we could get something as amazing as a new home. They put my family into position to meet some great patriots that helped me and my family. The process of getting the home is anything but easy, I have yet to secure the home loan that they require but the new leadership is being extremely patient and understanding. They have had a few people in my experience that have done a less than reputable job in handling their job within the organization and have made it extremely difficult to put anything HaH does in a good light. They knew my situation before I moved into this home and like I said earlier they are doing their best to work with me now. I am putting a huge amount of trust back into HaH in hopes that they won't let me down again, but I think now that Col. Ragland has taken over and now is doing his best to fix what has happened in the past that Helping a Hero can be one of the greatest home organizations of its kind.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

HelpingaHero at its core works to truly empower its severely wounded OIE/OEF veterans by addressing each hero's wants while focussing on our needs. Not only by building tailored adapted homes, but by getting to know each of us personally to ensure we are equipped with all necessary tools to thrive in our new homes, communities and society. I served in the military not for financial gain, but because I was passionate about serving my nation. HelpingaHero, with the support of a greatful nation, has stepped up to serve us.i don't feel like I am owed anything. I would not have been able to build such an amazing home without HelpingaHero and I will take pride in having a low mortgage payment so I have some skin in the game. This is not a hand out. This organization has worked with me and is solidifying a better future for myself and future family.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Tons of bad press on this organization. The problems start from the TOP down. Bad bad bad organization

2

Board Member

Rating: 1

If you have time give it a Google search and check out the negative press. There's no reason an organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans should have so much bad publicity from former board members and veterans who have been involved with the organization. I resigned from the board in protest. It was clear then to me where the true motivation lies in the organization. It is even more clear to me now, years later- many veterans done dirty.

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

For anyone with any questions about this charity just use google and start reading about all the current issues going on with it.