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20 REASONS TO SUPPORT BUILDING HOMES FOR HEROES IN 2020

If you are visiting the Building Homes for Heroes site, you are, perhaps, interested in supporting, or further supporting, the meaningful and memorable work we do. To those who generously support us, we are truly thankful. Together, we are making a tremendous impact in many ways. For those who are seeking insight and/or considering future support of our organization, please find 20 highly regarded reasons why Building Homes for Heroes may very well be your choice in 2020.

  1.  – With growing support, we hope to reach our goal of gifting and modifying our milestone 300th home by the end of 2021. We anticipate gifting and modifying our 263rd home by the end of 2020.
  2. 40 Homes – We hope to help more veterans and families than ever before by gifting and modifying as many as 40 mortgage-free homes for injured veterans in 2020, exceeding our goal of gifting one home every eleven days, on average.
  3. Gifting 11 Homes in 11 Weeks in Honor of Veterans Day 11-11 –This Veterans Day, we honored our heroes with 11 home giftings in 11 weeks for a second consecutive year. All are rated 100% injured and permanently disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This is a feat we hope to accomplish again next Veterans Day for a third straight year.
  4. Gifting and Modifying 500 Homes by 2025 –With more than 5,000 applicants at this time hoping for a home, Building Homes for Heroes hopes to gift as many as 500 mortgage-free homes to our nation’s veterans by 2025.
  5. Now Gifting Homes to Gold Star Families – In June of 2018 we proudly gifted our first home to a Gold Star family, for Natasha De Alencar and her five children in Navarre, Florida. We have every intention to gift more homes to Gold Star Families in the years ahead.
  6. Expanding Our Emergency Funding – We hope to further expand our efforts in 2020 to provide emergency and watershed funding for veterans and their families who experience sudden life-altering moments in their lives.
  7. Financial Awareness and Well-Being Programs – In partnership with the NAPFA Consumer Education Foundation (NCEF), we provide 2-4 years of free financial planning for all of our veteran home recipients. We plan to expand upon our financial awareness programs in 2020 to help an ever-expanding number of families live a life of financial freedom and reduced stress, directly related to their injuries, including PTSD and TBI.
  8. Supporting Recreational Activities, Outdoor Rehabilitation and Entrepreneurial Dreams – We began this program by supporting the first-ever all-female veteran climb of Mount Denali in 2018, the tallest mountain peak in North America. We have since supported our veterans in the grueling training process for the Invictus Games, the Warrior Games and the Paralympics. In 2020, we will continue to expand this program with more mountain climbs, adaptive sports, and by helping our veterans start new business and pursue dreams they never imagined when injured.
  9. Team Building – The annual program in Orlando, Florida is designed to strengthen bonds and family spirit among veterans and their families. It is yet another step toward marital success, family happiness, camaraderie and comfort in their everyday lives. The organization has found this program to be tremendously inspirational for veterans and families alike, another step toward being defined by their accomplishments and activities, and not their injuries or disabilities. This program has grown each year and we expect our biggest event ever for our sixth annual Team Building in 2020.
  10. Supporting our Soldiers on the Front Lines – We have forged a strong bond with our nation’s Special Forces, with many high-ranking SOCOM officials frequently attending our home ceremonies. We will strengthen our bond with our nation’s Special Forces in 2020, including helping to fly loved ones to military hospitals to visit their injured family members.
  11. 4 Stars from Charity Navigator and Platinum on GuideStar – Building Homes for Heroes was proud to receive the highest possible rating of 4 stars from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator. This score was re-validated in 2018 for a fourth straight year, a rare accomplishment achieved by just 18% of charities nationwide. We were also honored to be awarded a Platinum rating on GuideStar, another independent nonprofit evaluator. Building Homes for Heroes also received a perfect 100 score for accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, as well as an overall score of 96.46, which puts our organization at the forefront among not only military charities, but all nonprofit organizations of any kind across the country. We anticipate repeating these perfect scores for a fifth consecutive year in 2020.
  12. 93% Program Rating or Higher for 8 Consecutive Years – The organization reached an eighth consecutive year in 2018 in which, at least, 93% of every dollar donated, or more, goes directly to our mission, one of the few charities in the nation to accomplish this feat. We anticipate reaching a 9th consecutive year in 2019.
  13. Founder and CEO’s Salary – For a 16th consecutive year, the Founder and CEO of the organization will donate his time and salary to the organization.
  14. 800 Times on Air – In 2018 and 2019 we aired 800 times on different channels, a new record for our home ceremonies and national events. To date, the organization has not paid for a single television commercial.
  15. Growing Presence on Social Media – With more than 130,000 followers on Facebook, more than 11,000 followers on Instagram and more than 140,000 social media followers overall, we are proud to share our achievements with you on a day-to-day basis via social media. Please visit us on  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to receive regular updates on our activities!
  16. Economic Advancement – While many contractors are willing to donate their time and service, many do not have the means to do so. Building Homes for Heroes plans to support nearly 700 contractors and their families in the year ahead. We have especially had a major impact in the Great State of Florida, where we have partnered directly with the State Department of Economic Opportunity for the last several years to gift and modify more than 100 homes for veterans while boosting communities and having a major economic impact across the state.
  17. Community Inspiration – At many ceremonies, we often see firefighters, police officers, political dignitaries, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, Daisies, school bands, vintage cars, ROTC volunteers, veterans’ groups, family, friends and neighbors alike gather together to celebrate a veteran’s homecoming. The impact produced is clearly making our communities and country a better place, and setting a positive example for all to see.
  18. Marital Success and Family Happiness – Having completed construction on nearly 225 homes for veterans and their families, we are proud to announce that more than 95% of our families remain together currently. A remarkable phenomenon by itself. The combination of financial freedom and community support appears to be creating a clear and concise path towards marital triumph and family happiness for veterans, who are struggling with severe physical and cerebral injuries, including PTSD and TBI.
  19. Corporate and Organizational Support – Building Homes for Heroes is supported by amazing organizations such as Chase Bank, Advance Auto Parts, Truck Hero, Mazda, Johnson Controls, York Systems, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Cantor Fitzgerald, GE Silicone II, the FDNY, 343 Ride, Legrand North America, Hillwood Properties, Tijuana Flats, BuilderTrend, Volvo, Valvoline, Mansfield Plumbing, William Ryan Homes, Randy Wise Homes, PCL Construction, Sikorsky Aircraft, Ebby Halliday Realtors, BAE Systems, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mission BBQ, Chick-Fil-A, plus an ever-growing number of organizations and communities nationwide.
  20. Twelve Straight Years of Continued Growth – After gifting and modifying 17 homes in 2013, 23 homes in 2014, 28 homes in 2015, 29 homes in 2016 and 30 homes in 2017, 34 homes in 2018 and 36 homes in 2019, we have every intention of continuing this successful trend again in 2020.
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