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Purple Heart Homes, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Purple Heart Homes, Inc. is dedicated to providing housing solutions for Service Connected Disabled Veterans and their families that are substantial in function, design, and quality - fit to welcome home, and thank, the fighting men and women of America. Each case is different, but in all cases Purple Heart Homes provides at little or no cost to the veteran an injury specific, barrier free-living environment. From building a ramp for a Veteran of World War II, to providing home ownership opportunities to younger Veterans, our programs are designed out of necessity and fit the specific needs of the Veteran population.

Results: Since 2008, we have helped more than 325 Service Connect Disabled Veterans either upgrade their current home or become first time owners.

Target demographics: Service Connected Disabled Veterans with their housing issues

Direct beneficiaries per year: 89 Veterans in 27 states

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Veterans Aging in Place (VAIP), Veterans Homeownership Program (VHOP), and Operation Veteran Home Renovation (OVHR)

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marie B.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting Purple Heart Homes since February 2017 and I am continuously impressed by the work they are able to accomplish with donor dollars. I receive periodic updates about where exactly my dollars are going, which include before and after pictures of the home renovations that were made as well as background on that specific veteran. Also, it's always pleasant interacting with the staff. Thank you, Purple Heart Homes, for being an excellent nonprofit that is improving veterans lives!

Client Served

Rating: 1

I purchased my home in 2013. My home was suppose to be modified upon purchase to meet my handicap needs by a non-profit called "Purple Heart Homes" because I am a disabled Purple Heart Veteran. They completely neglected my home, causing more damage than good. It was going to cost me over $230,000.00 to get my home back to Code standards after they "remodeled" my home. When I moved into my home, it had black mold in it. I had a 6 week old son who was born with respiratory problems. My home flooded in 2016. The flooding partly happened for repairs that PHH never fixed. PHH told me I could "go back to where I came from before they assisted me." My home has since been condemned by the county and valued at a measly $100.00. So Thank you Purple Heart Homes for ruining my life, my family's life, and making sure we had no where else to go.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Purple Heart Homes also has a chapter in Cleveland, OH, that has done some incredible work here, building several homes for veterans with more planned, as well as doing remodeling to provide ramps or other amenities for disabled veterans. I was fortunate to write a play about their amazing work, through a commission I received from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, OH, a suburb of Cleveland. Howard Goldberg from PHH connected me to a number of veterans that I could interview, and several of them were directing involved in helping out with the construction and remodeling projects for the veterans, so I made that the culmination of the play that I built as a documentary play about the veteran's lives. We had veterans of Korea, Vietnam and Iraq and Afghanistan represented. At the end, I pulled it all together by telling the Purple Heart Home story. The play, Peace at Home: Veterans of South Euclid, was very well received, and all of the vets came to see it. They all found it a cathartic process, both from telling their stories, and from holding up the veterans today who received the Purple Heart homes here. Howard was supportive throughout the process, and so we were better able to tell the story to the community here. It's not possible to hold up the work they are doing to help our veterans here high enough. We were all glad to have been involved in telling their story. We all look forward to seeing their continued efforts in Northeast Ohio.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Vets and their families make tremendous sacrifices. Purple Heart Homes does so much in helping repay these Veterans. I know they have done great work in the region where I live in Northeast Ohio, and I'm certain that's the case wherever they impact. Creating home ownership opportunities is a benefit for all, a true "win/win."

2 Lori185

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I first found out about Purple Heart Homes in July of 2014 , We had found a house that we were interested in and the realtor told us what we had come across. We had not heard of Purple Heart Homes or what the provide for service related disabled veterans. Not only did they help us finance the home we now live in, but the redid the floors, new paint and kitchen cabinets.They also were able to arrange for the house to be resided. All this at no cost to us. Dale and John are a great couple of guys as is their team. They work to make the lives of disabled veterans the best they can. Whether it is helping with a home, making a wheel chair ramp or making repairs to a home all done with a smile and what's next.

2 Laurie100

Donor

Rating: 5

Upbeat parades and festivals to salute Veterans are good--but of what good are they to Veterans who return home to Housing that is inadequate, inaccessible or inferior? Vets sacrificed life & limb for a safer world, through all eras. They slept in deplorable conditions for our welfare! Let's help Purple Heart Homes provide safe, respectable Housing to those who kept us safe in our own homes since WWII!

2 Chris245

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of Purple Heart Homes at a Michael Stanley Tribute concert here in Cleveland a few years ago. They had a table set up for donations and I bought a T-shirt. Great concert by the way.

Subsequently, with the poor decisions made by Wounded Warrior Project, PHH became my go to charity to support our deserving Veterans. Met Howard Goldberg for lunch one day and he further confirmed what I expected about this fine organization.

I am a regular donor and have recruited several of my friends to donate too. Purple Heart Homes has done some wonderful builds here in Northeast Ohio and will for many years to come.

I strongly urge folks to look further at this fine organization. God bless you.

Chris Meyer
Cleveland, Ohio

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Donor

Rating: 5

If anyone is north of 60 looking to make a difference in the lives of our veterans and their families that served our country - nothing could be more satisfying than volunteering or becoming part of Purple Heart Homes. If you are looking to do something that matters and if you truly love our country -- you will want to help Purple Heart Homes improve Veterans' lives one home at a time. It has been my honor to work with Purple Heart Homes. If a Veteran who serviced our country made a sacrifice on my behalf to live the great life I have lived -- then certainly I can sacrifice some of my time to lend a helping hand. Great cause! Wonderful co-founders that are the real deal. Check it out. Sign up. Volunteer to help this organization.

2 Judson K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I came to be a part of the Purple Heart Homes family quite accidentally by responding to a request to provide assistance with architectural services for the renovation of the homes and facilities the Purple Heart Homes organization was pursuing. I have since come to know the service people being facilitated and cannot be more proud of the work being done on behalf of these deserving veterans. I have helped to shape the image and plan for the homes and facilities being developed for the veterans and to envision future opportunities for this organization to be more prolific in what it can do for the audience it serves. I salute the organization and hope to continue my role as a volunteer architect.

4 Helene4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seldom seen the kind of commitment and effort that the founders (whom I met) and Howard Goldberg, their mortgage and real estate guy, for whom I did a very small volunteer job, put into this excellent and life enhancing non-profit. It enables veterans with honorable discharges, who have been wounded, obtain a home adapted to their purple-heart needs. I have met two of their beneficiaries (veterans), I have seen one of the houses in which they can now live comfortably. I wish I had more funds. They would surely be my number one choice.

6 Dale D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not walk and had been without a ramp for about 8 months stuck inside my house. I am a Vietnam Veteran and I heard about the Purple heart Homes Organization.Not having much luck with anything I did not expect much. I called and after a few days I had a volunteer at my door discussing my options. Two days ago I had a ramp built connecting me with the outside world. I can now get to my doctors and therapy appointments and do not worry how will I get out of the house if there is a fire. These volunteers came and worked 10 hours the first day. The second day they worked 15 hours into the darkness just to finish this ramp. The first time i strolled down the ramp was like a DREAM come true. This dream is called the Purple Heart Homes.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Purple Heart Homes (PHH) started with the vision of two outstanding gentlemen who overcame their war injuries to create a nonprofit of exemplary stature. I believe so strongly in this organization and what they do that I've become dedicated to assisting them in any way I can. The fact their constituents range from WWII vets to those returning home today shows their dedication to helping all service disabled vets. I couldn't be more proud of this organization and what it has become!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Purple Heart Homes is an exceptional organization dedicated to helping Veterans of all eras. Returning veterans sometimes need a hand up and this organization was founded with that goal in mind. The intention is to change the way communities respond and help their Veterans . If you are looking for a way to give back and honor those that have protected your freedoms, this is the perfect place to put your hard earned dollars to work. Improving Veterans' lives, one home at a time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Purple Heart Homes has rallied the community of South Euclid, Ohio including the local college football team, 120 volunteers, local contractors, restaurants, the construction trades, local VFW chapters, suppliers, a neighborhood organization, an architect, local businesses, and even area landlords to donate their labor, materials, cash, and food to welcome two Veterans home. Soon a third project will start in this community that cares.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The reason I'm involved in Purple Heart Homes is simple, Giving back! The Military was so good to me for 25 years, when I retired I felt a duty and obligation to continue to serve. There was no better way than to incorporate myself into a non-profit that assists other veterans in need. Purple Heart Homes does just that and in a way I've found no other organization can do. I'm honored to be a part of it and I feel like I'm "Back on the team"!

Darrin S.

5 Garrett G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Purple Heart Homes has a mission of providing housing solutions for service connected disabled veterans. They help veterans of all branches of service and all age groups. We remain comitted to our brothers and sisters .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We are a group of volunteers in Oconee County SC who formed an experimental chapter of Purple Heart Homes a little over two years ago, and have completed nearly a dozen projects for deserving veterans. In most cases, the work was not extensive, but the contribution to the quality of life of the Veteran has often been significant (a ramp that allows a veteran with a motorized wheelchair the freedom to get out on his own, an air conditioner for a WWII Veteran living in a trailer allowed him to sleep in the summer, a remodeled bathroom and widened doorway for Korean Veteran with a recent leg amputation that allowed him to use his bathroom without help). Few experiences are more rewarding than working with fellow Veterans of different services and different generations on behalf of a veteran.

6 Gordon5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a home that was more suited to my medical needs from service connected injuries.After finding the house on the market was I told by the realtor it was a Purple Heart Homes property (sold only to service connected disabled veterans) .Sorry to say but,I was clueless then what that meant.After applying I was told I qualified and was accepted.I was then brought up to speed pretty quickly on how it all works.They help service connected disabled veterans have a better quality of life.Wow did they ever do that for me.They gave a personal one on one we are here for you touch in every way.Went way beyond making life easier for me.They give their hearts into making it right.

7 Jackie43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization, they always put the needs of the veterans FIRST!

5 Stewart U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am proud to say I helped this organization. Their mission to help veterans of ANY era is commendable. I look forward to helping Purple heart Homes in the future!