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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 24 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.

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Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 wounded warriors

Geographic areas served: States where severely injured heroes selected for our Wounded Hero Home Program need to have a handicap accessible home built for them. We also conduct other programs and host events throughout the country.

Programs: Helping a Hero's Wounded Hero Home Program is the signature homebuilding program for severely wounded warriors injured post 9-11-2001 in support of the global war on terror. Traditionally, homes are built in master-planned communities with the developer and builder making in kind donations towards the construction of the house. Helping a hero.org donates cash funds to cover the cost of the home and oversees the project. The veteran participates by being responsible for a $50,000 mortgage on the home plus any VA grants they are eligible to receive. 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 for the wounded hero, within budget constraints. The home is recorded at cost plus any in kind donations from the builder or other sources. During 2021, Helping a Hero has awarded homes to 6 wounded warriors and their families. To date, the organization has awarded over 100 homes in 24 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 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. In addition, Helping a Hero holds marriage retreats, caregiver programs, financial education. 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, and Operation Merry Christmas.

Community Stories

87 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.

Sunny S.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Knowing that your job requires you to be away from the family for unknown amount of time, knowing that you may not know which part of the world and which strange environment and culture you may have to work, knowing that you may not be able to be with your family on their special days and events, and knowing that you may not be able to ever come home or return home with permanent disabilities, and knowing that you may never be able to work again due to your injuries even after you get to return, our veterans take these positions to serve our country.
HAH provides a home that can be adapted by these wounded warriors so then can live as normal of a life as possible, when do get to return and live with pride and dignity with their family.
I am proud to be serving this organization for over 11 years and currently as the chairman of the Board.
God bless our veterans and Hod bless USA!!!

Debbie S.21

Client Served

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero helped my family by helping my son that was severely injured in Iraq in 2005. He needed an accessible home as he was using a wheelchair at that time. They worked with us to find an available home in our hometown that would be custom built to his needs. The home helped Steven become more independent and it really gave him a new drive to work on his rehab. His pride in being a homeowner added a bit of normalcy in a "new normal" life that was much different than he had planned. Helping a Hero Org is an important part of his recovery story. They are truly part of the village that helps the severely injured. Thank you HAH.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed meeting and learning about this amazing non profit. Building homes for our veterans is fantastic. I look forward to the ground breaking in the two homes that were given away in Huntsville AL
God Bless
Roseanna Cox

Christine B.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

Helping A Hero has provided our family the opportunity to have a home built that will meet and exceed all of the needs of our family, but more importantly, the needs of my husband who became an amputee while in combat in 2007. Not only will this home help my husband to live more comfortably, it will provide our family the financial freedom we have been seeking to live a more generous life. We've also had some amazing opportunities to do things as a family and experience things we wouldn't not have been able to do. This last summer we got to go to the Ozarks and stay in some pretty amazing cabins while exploring Dogwood Canyon and many other places. We also got to help celebrate Lee Greenwood's 40 year career in Huntsville, Alabama! These opportunities are also helping other veterans see what resources are available. We've also had the opportunity to nominate a hero we know for an amazing opportunity to have a home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization goes up and beyond to create safe, adaptive and beautiful homes for our deserving veterans ! To meet the needs of some of the most severely injured vets is a challenge and a labor of love…Helping A Hero works tirelessly with a talented group of volunteers, professionals and donors to build a home for their secure future and place where happy memories abide!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero has built over 100 specially adapted homes in 23 different states. The dedication that this non profit has to our heroes returning from war is incredible. This is a first class organization that truly cares about restoring independence to the lives of our most severely wounded men and women in the military. I am honored to serve for this fine organization as both a board member and a volunteer.

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that takes helping the heroes to another level! The joy on those faces of the ones they help along with the willingness to go above and beyond of their staff is top notch!! My veteran and I enjoyed volunteering with an amazing group of people when they came into town! Thank you for being awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I are home recipients of Helping a Hero. We have been with the organization for 10 years. The process and events have always included the entire family and we have a big one (5 kids). They have become our extended family. Helping a hero does more for its families outside building a adapted home for the honored veteran. The social gatherings we have with veterans and their families promotes lasting community relationships.

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is an incredible charity. The homes they build are so beautiful and are custom adapted to the veteran the home is built for. I met a young man who lost both legs in the war. When he is wearing his prosthetics you would never know he was missing his legs. I was inspired by his optimism and positive attitude. He told me that his home from Helping a Hero was the turning point in his recovery. I hope people will continue to give to this charity so even more wounded warriors get a home.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Working with Meredith and the Helping a Hero team was such an honor. I had the privilege of being onsite when they hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for a family in NC. The blessings that they bestowed on this family was beyond anything I had ever imagined. The will be beautiful, thoughtful, and intentional with every dollar and detail. Meredith and her team have a heart for heroes and their families. It is my honor to work with them and I look forward to doing it again. With the help of incredible donors they go above and beyond the call of duty to care for our Nation's most wounded veterans and their families. I wish them continued success in all of their endeavors!

Michelle G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does so much for veterans! They go above and beyond. I am impressed any time they put an event together. Wonderful humans and very hard workers! Keep it up

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HAH has changed many lives. I will always support them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Extremely well-run organization with a great mission. Proud to be associated with HAH.

Ashley K.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization that means so much to me. Last year I volunteered & had the honor of hearing many inspirational stories from the men & women who fight for our country daily.
This organization does tons for the individuals mentioned above and many others. I’d be happy to volunteer my time & energy for any event they throw because each one helps so much.

Jacob Jack W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero does so much to impact the lives of so many veterans. Year after year, they work hard towards achieving their mission of empowering wounded veterans by helping get their lives back on track with houses built specially for their needs. What an amazing group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Fairalee C.

Donor

Rating: 5

So many veterans have benefited from this organization. If you’re ever thinking about donating to a nonprofit, this one is solid. Our veterans need so much help and it’s easy to forget that the reason we can protest, do what we want on social media, and enjoy all the freedoms under our US constitution is because of the sacrifices made by veterans! Let’s help them this time.

Dylan G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is a wonderful organization. I have attended several of their galas and they truly care for our veterans. They do everything possible to make an impactful difference.

Jordan W.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You just can’t beat an organization like Helping a Hero. There’s not enough we can do to support wounded veterans and providing homes for them is awesome. Keep up the great support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen the work they do for veterans and all that they provide. It is truly a blessing for these brave men and women to have an organization that truly cares.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping a Hero is a great organization to help our wounded veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most well run organizations dedicated to helping our wounded warriors. I’ve had the privilege of volunteering with them and seeing the difference their organization makes on the lives of our service men and women. I highly recommend getting involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Helping A Hero is a joy beyond words! Each hero I have the honor of meeting, interacting with and hearing their story is an incredible blessing. One of the many benefits observed is as each hero receives their home and integrates into the community, is the way the community embraces them and their home becomes a central place to gather. This gives the hero and his or her family a sense of belonging rather than living in a world of isolation, feeling like they don’t fit in. Helping a Hero is a life changing gift to each hero and the hero a treasured gift to all they meet!

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.

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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!

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.

Lovedogsandwine

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.

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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!