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Host A Hero Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Host A Hero dutifully enriches the lives of our Active Duty Special Operations Forces by providing them and their immediate family an all-expense paid, week-long vacation to reunite, relax and reconnect.

Programs: We are a military charity who provides stress-free vacation opportunities to active duty Special Operations Forces families in between combat deployments.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit went above and beyond our expectations! We were a little hesitant at first when we were first told to fill out an application but that doubt was quickly erased when we started speaking and working with everyone in the organization. They made us feel safe and secure during the whole process while making sure the vacation was a perfect fit for our family. The process was seamless and the vacation was just amazing. This came at such a perfect time for our family as we were able to use this as a pre-deployment family vacation before he had to leave for deployment . We have and will continue to say Thank to Host A Hero for being such a blessing to our family and all the other families that have been touched by them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Host a Hero our family had the perfect vacation. It was a great experience and for a whole week, we were able to put our worries behind and focus on our family. My daughter to this date brings up memories from the trip and tell us It was her favorite vacation ever! Thanks Host a Hero for making it possible!

glosilva1

Client Served

Rating: 5

July 22, 2019
Host A Hero

Dear Host A Hero Organization,
The Santiago family would like to take this time to thank you for providing us with a beautiful vacation in the mountains. Additionally, we have to give a big thanks to the Host A Hero staff for taking out of your time to care for us with text messages checking up on us and for any updates needed regarding the this wonderful vacation. There are no words to express the gratitude that our family has for the Host A Hero team for making our vacation a memorable one. As I have expressed to the team I never thought this organization was real. When my husband explained that our family had been chosen for a free vacation I did not believe him. Our family’s reaction was to google search the Host A Hero organization and read the testimonials. Truth be told, nothing like this has ever happened to any of us. We have experienced things like this on television, but never in the 20 years that we have been affiliated with the military did we imagine anything like this could happen to us. And for that, I have to thank you for allowing us to experience a part of the U.S. that we have never seen before. The time that you took out to make sure we had new things to experience were so helpful that we were able to experience something new every day.

The military family life has not been easy and our faith in humanity is always tested, but Host A Hero has changed our belief. Military families are not often appreciated for our struggle, loss, or even our strengths, but a simple act of kindness goes a long way. Host A Hero organization has gone above and beyond our expectations. They have expanded our level of appreciation of others to a completely different level by making dreams come true for SOF military families. The Host A hero organization understands the importance of family time and how that helps not just the soldiers with their families, but also with providing some time to gain some piece of mind as a family. Providing an opportunity to pull a soldier out of work mode is difficult on the best of days, so you can imagine on vacations. With the Host A hero team taking care of all the planning and logistics, they removed the concern and allowed the family to focus on enjoying the trip and relaxation that in all honesty has been well needed. Again, I cannot explain how grateful we are for the time you have given us together.
Our adventures began in the Mountains of North Carolina where we experience new sights, food, and activities.

We have tried to put into words how grateful we are, but nothing will ever be enough. The memories alone are the greatest gift given to us. Host A hero has provided us with the greatest adventures that we have ever experienced as a family and that is something we will forever hold within our hearts.
Host A Hero Team, Thank You All.
Thank you for providing our family with a worriless and painless experience that we shared together. Thank you for the memories and support, but also for taking the time out of your days to check on us. I can keep going on with everything that we are thankful for, but I want to point out the importance that a honest and wholesome foundation like this exist in a world that can often show such negative aspects. As a military family we often hear and see the worst, but knowing that there is a foundation like Host A hero that takes the time to show military families another side of life helps inspire us to see there are people out there that care about our well being and through their donations make a huge impact on our family that will last for years to come. We can’t thank you enough, understand you have made believers of us and we will spread the wonderful news of what Host A Hero has to offer.

With Warmest Regards,
The Santiago Family
Anthony, Gloria, & Kailien

Donor

Rating: 5

We feel blessed that we have been able to host these unselfish & well deserved families in our vacation home down in the keys. I can not think of a better way to give these active military families the rest, relaxation & quality time they desperately need together.

Donor

Rating: 5

This was our first time donating our house to Host a Hero. Everything was coordinated seamlessly without a hitch. All we needed to do was make the keys available. After the week, everything was just as we had left it, nothing to do to clean up. We are so happy that we could provide a place for them to vacation and get a much needed break, stress free. Host a Hero is really making a difference. They make it smooth and easy for all involved. Thank you for this great way to contribute.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely fortunate to say that I was able to take my family of five on the vacation of a lifetime due to Host a Hero Inc.

After returning from a difficult deployment, I was made aware of the Host a Hero organization through my chain of command. Although I was unsure of what to expect, I applied and provided a bit of information regarding my experience and situation. I received a prompt reply stating that my family had been selected to receive a week long vacation. The enormity of this didn't set in, until I spoke with Karen, the Host a Hero co-founder, on the phone.

My wife and our three young boys were about to take a week long vacation to the Bahamas, with all considerations and expenses taken care of! The experience we had was something that I never could have conceived of doing without Host a Hero. The accommodations, activities, recommendations and personal details were all top-notch. Everything we did was tailored to our family. No desire went unfulfilled.

The opportunity to unwind, decompress and come together as a family after a stressful time apart was priceless. To be able to do that without concern of plans, finances, or remorse was simply a gift I'll never be able to understand.

This organization truly helps families stay together, create memories and recover a natural rhythm. I am honored, grateful and can not recommend Host A hero enough. The staff have made an immense impact on my life, and the life of my family, and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing opportunity and Charity for families of Special Forces to relax and have fun after or in between deployments! This is so important to help families reconnect and create memories that last a lifetime.
I highly recommend Host A Hero!

John A.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Host A Hero Inc. is by far one of the best nonprofits out there. The provided us an opportunity to connect as a family with zero distractions. Something we were not able to do for quite some time due to deployments and family schedules. They went above and beyond to ensure we had everything required to experience a stress free and family oriented vacation, unlike any we have had to date. Their staff is wonderful, as well as the sponsors participating in the program. Can't say enough good stuff about them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am happy and proud that my family and me are able to participate!
We hosted a family recently in our place in Key Largo, Florida and I could tell from their phone calls and emails what a good time they had and how grateful they were to us and Host a Hero, Inc. This charity does fantastic work, a little different from most charities where you just give them money. You can feel first hand the difference this makes to the veterans' life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I heard about this organization was via email telling me to sign my family up for an all expense paid vacation. I did the initial paperwork and my family was selected. My wife was very skeptical of the entire scenario “ who is willing to pay for a military family to have a vacation “ is what she said.

I decided to continue the process with the hope of it being a real thing and getting my family of 7 a much needed vacation after my return from a very hard and trying deployment.

This organization is legit and my family and I are very thankful for great Americans like them and their donors.

Here is a very heartfelt thank you to all who support and organize everything.

People like you all are the reason why people like me deploy year after year to defend our great country.

Thank you
Rob.

Marcos Javier T.

Donor

Rating: 5

The first time I learned about this was by attending an event. I totally loved it. Here you see how the donation really gets to the family. I am very proud to be able to participate. Thank you to Host A Hero Inc.