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Homes For Our Troops, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter, Housing Development, Construction & Management

Mission: Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.

Results: Since 2004, HFOT has built over 240 specially adapted custom homes nationwide. Our goal is to build a home for every Veteran who qualifies for one of our specially adapted custom homes. HFOT builds these homes as a departure point for these Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many of our Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a specially adapted custom home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD.

Target demographics: severely injured, Post 9-11 Veterans and their families

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Building and donating specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured Post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Beirutvet83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of this great organization for many years. The independence that they give severely disabled veterans by building accessible housing is life changing. I wish everyone could see the impact they have on our wounded heroes. I think one of my proudest moments was when I helped build a house for a friend of mine SPC Alex Knapp who lost both of his legs due to an IED. Unfortunately Alex passed two years after we gave him the home. Then the home was used to help another hero that lost both of his legs until they could build him a house. After that was done and he moved in the original home was vacant. I'm a disabled veteran myself but I didn't lose my leg in combat I made it through that with all of my limbs. After coming home I was hit by a drunk driver at 79 MPH on my Harley and lost my left leg above the knee. I was by Gods's good grace, eventually able to purchase the home from HFOT so they could use the money to help build another new home for another veteran. I can't begin to tell you what a difference an accessible home makes. Thank you HFOT and God Bless you all and your volunteers for helping these heroes. I also want to thank all of the corporations that have stepped up to help make these homes a reality by donating good and services as well as monetary donations. If you need a great place to make a donation this is a first class ALL AMERICAN HERO Charitable Organization.

Mac C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Homes For Our Troops is helping Mike and Kelly Gower move into a home near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mike was wounded in Iraq, and the fully wheelchair accessible house will help him be more productive and relaxed as a father, husband and human. The home will be debt free through private and corporate donations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a proud partner of Homes for Our Troops, we at CertainTeed Roofing have had nothing but positive experiences with this fine organization. Members of our team have participated in numerous HFOT events at all levels, and each individual involved has remarked on the gratitude both given and received by HFOT staff, those volunteering or otherwise supporting, and the veterans benefitting from all of the hard work needed to fulfill HFOT's mission.

1 Paulene B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Out association, Sacramento AFSA, had the pleasure of working with HFOT building a home here in the Sacramento area. It was truly a pleasure and honor to be a part of the project. HFOT makes a big difference in so many of our veterans lives, it was an honor to help out.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I believe that Homes For Our Troops is fulfilling the implicit promise we make to our Veterans; that our nation will take care of them when they return. @90% of all funds go into providing the severely wounded veteran a fully accessible place to live. This allows them greater freedom and ease while at home, so they can focus on continuing to be a productive citizen.

I've been to a key ceremony, and I've never been prouder to be an American.

Mary457

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a donor, a fundraiser, and I've been to a key presentation ceremony for a young veteran. This organization does amazing work with the resources they receive. They are a first-rate charity with impeccable stewardship and I am proud to support and recommend Homes for our Troops, Inc.

Elizabeth227

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am not a recipient of one of the homes, but some of my soldiers have been. If there was a score above 5 stars, you would have it. I am so appreciative of all you do for our troops. Having a home that they can be able to function better, is a real plus!!
Thank you for being there for our military.

Donor

Rating: 5

I run for Team HFOT and couldn't be provider to raise money for such an amazing organization!! It makes me so happy when people know about the organization when I talk to them because that means the word is getting out about all the amazing things Homes for Our Troops is doing!!

David374

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at two home builds with Homes for our Troops. They were both incredible experiences. They go all out to make sure that they are not only honoring the veteran receiving the house, but also to ensure they are getting a new home that is a quality product, right down to the sod laid in the yard. Outstanding folks to work with and great organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

While we haven't moved into our new house yet I can tell you how absolutely life changing this will be- to not have to worry about my husband falling in the shower, or getting burned trying to prepare meals. This house will allow us to be a better family because there will be no more barriers around the home. My son and I won't have to watch him struggle any longer. There will never be enough words that can fully express what this means to us. This is the light at the end of the tunnel and I can't wait to finally reach it.

1 Jenny103

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer on the build for Kevin and Lauren Jaye's home, I saw first hand how incredible this non-profit is. Their ability to bring together community partners to help "bring our wounded veterans home" to an home adapted for their needs, was amazing.
We donate to Homes for Our Troops because they are so much more than what you read on paper. Yes, they do a great job with donations. Nearly every penny of our donation goes directly to building these homes. But the thing I was able to see, in person, was the dedication and passion the men and women of HFOTS bring to their mission.
There is such a need for these homes. We are proud to say we support them in that mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a sponsor, we could not be happier with the wonderful work Homes For Our Troops does. We have been able to meet with these brave men and woman and learn their stories and see how much Homes For Our Troops has helped them providing mortgage-free homes that have been designed for the individual's special needs that range from wheelchair ramps to pull-down cabinet accessories and from roll-in showers to wider door frames. It is a great honor for us to be work with this organization and to help our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much.

2 Larry64

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

The spirit and initial vision of this organization is what makes this a five-star operation. But that is lost in the back room dealings and practices of the executive management and board of directors. Management directed statements that mislead donors and supporters, such as, "Nearly 90 cents on the dollar." Truth is this statement means the spending is in the 80 percentile, but is marketed to mislead.

To spend $600,000 (or more), for remodeling, and to use corporate donations so staff can have on site shower and locker facilities, and fully equipped kitchens, is misuse!

To pay the upper management $160,000 and $120,000 per year PLUS air fare and rental cars to and from home and work twice a week, again, is wrong. The donors and supporters have no idea about the amount of wasted money being thrown away!

Finally, the sheer number of personnel turnover is staggering! Just at the upper management level, in just 12 years there have been 3 presidents, 2 executive directors, 3 CFO's, countless managers and standard employees, all under the management excuse, "well nonprofit work isn't for everyone!"

To the veterans served by this organization, God bless you and thank you for you service.

Jarrod A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has taken on the honorable challenge of helping veterans and their families find stability. I have had the extreme pleasure of meeting some of the Key individuals with Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) and they are 100% invested in the lives of the veteran community. I have never had such a warm welcome from strangers, by the time we exchanged hellos I already felt like I was with family. HFOT doesn't just give homes to wounded veterans, for some it's a new life, it's a fresh start, it's a new chapter for them and HFOT is there every step of the way. Homes For Our Troops isn't rebuilding lives, they're building new ones. Thank you for everything HFOT!

Cristian V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization , I'm especially honored to be a part of this great group. I'm a future home recipient . Homes for our troops takes care of our military !

Kristin73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I do video work (as an outside company) with Homes for Our Troops, and I can tell you that with them, what you see is what you get. I have seen dozens of Veterans lives changed firsthand by the work that HFOT does. Their only purpose is to serve our nation's wounded Veterans and their families and to help them re-build their lives. There is no hidden agenda. I am proud to be a part of what they are doing - even if it is only on a small scale!

2 Christopher83

Donor

Rating: 5

As a veteran I am honored to support HFOT's mission of building specialty adapted homes for America's critically injured heroes. Amazing organization!

Kathleen122

Donor

Rating: 5

I work for Whirlpool Corporation and Homes for our Troops is our key charity associated with our Veteran's Association. They do such a fantastic job of helping America's severely disabled Veteran's by providing them with an accessible home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Homes for Our Troops is one of the most organized organizations I've worked with over the last five years at Thompson Creek Window Company. All of their representatives are very helpful, patient and really care about their partnerships in the local community. Thompson Creek Window Company looks forward to a very long and successful partnership with Homes for Our Troops!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to say that Kohler Company has been a part of the Homes For Our Troops organization for the past 4 years (200+ houses) and will contribute for 2 more years. As the main contact at Kohler Co. for HFOT I can tell anyone personally that they are a great organization that do amazing things for the men and women that have served our country. HFOT also does a great job trying to make it a Win/Win for their manufacturing partners. The Account Manager that I work with is in constant contact with me and trying to leverage the partnership as much as possible.
It is very rewarding to hear stories from veterans that use our air baths to help ease their physical pain, set the temperature on the DTV prompt so they can avoid burning themselves because they cannot feel how hot the water is, or use the grab bars on the Sterling ADA bath/shower to help them bath their children. These are just a few of the things that I have heard from the veterans that have benefited from our products. They are an amazing group of people, often very modest and driven to do extraordinary things despite their challenges. If you are considering donating to a nonprofit organization please consider Homes For Our Troops.