Over the last couple of months I have been sharing with you about my partnership with The Home Depot Celebration Of Service projects that Home Depot has generously given $80 million dollars to improve the lives of our Veterans. This partnership has continued to be a rewarding one for me as I have the opportunity to participate in each project.
This month I was asked to fly to Miami Florida to participate in various projects at one of the Fisher Houses. If you are not familiar with these amazing houses let me share with you what I discovered and can’t seem to stop talking about:
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 17,000 families, and have made available over four million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!
In addition to constructing new houses, Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses and help individual military families in need. We are also proud to administer and sponsor Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsor the Newman’s Own Award.
Upon my arrival to the Fisher house i Miami I quickly became impressed with the care and concern the staff had for each family that was stying in the Fisher House. The many details they took care of from providing a clean and at home feeling, a fully stocked kitchen for those that arrived late in the night or had not had an opportunity to get out and get their own groceries, laundry facilities, wifi, TV rooms, outdoor sitting a BBQing capability. It truly gave you the sense of being at home.
Then it was time to get to work – I joined in with not only the rest of the blogging team but over 100 other Home Depot associates who on their own time were volunteering to be part of The Home Depot Celebration Of Service project. they were there to serve by painting walls, pulling weeds, spreading bark, building shelves and many other tasks around the facility to make this Fisher House a delightful place for the families of Veterans to stay when in need.
I wish you could all join me and see with your own eyes the joy these Home Depot associates have in their faces , the servant attitudes and willingness to work hard to make a difference in the lives of these Veterans and their families during there service in The Home Depot Celebration Of Service projects.
I enjoyed my time in Miami not only learning about the Fisher Houses but meeting the Team Depot associates, chatting, eating lunch and pulling weeds together.
For more about Team Depot’s activities throughout The Home Depot Celebration Of Service projects. and to learn more and see The Home Depot associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter and like them on Facebook.
The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their Celebration of Service Blog Network. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.