Malvern, Penn. — How do you thank severely injured veterans who have sacrificed so much by serving our country? Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) believes providing mortgage-free homes that accommodate the needs of these brave men and women is a crucial step in helping them rebuild their lives — and CertainTeed wholeheartedly agrees. CertainTeed has been a dedicated partner of the organization since 2009, and recently added vinyl siding, polymer siding, housewrap and exterior trim to the extensive portfolio of products it donates to HFOT projects across the U.S. The CertainTeed involvement with this top-rated charity, based on the rating of Charity Navigator, also extends to many CertainTeed employees actively participating in numerous HFOT community build events.
Over the years of its involvement with HFOT, CertainTeed has been proud to be the exclusive provider of roofing, insulation and gypsum products to the organization. With the addition of siding, housewrap and exterior trim products, veterans will be able to have even more options to seamlessly coordinate a home tailored to their personal taste.
“We’re pleased to join our colleagues in the Roofing, Insulation and Gypsum businesses as one of Homes for Our Troops’ primary partners,” said Pam Schechter, president of CertainTeed Siding. “We’re extremely proud that our products will help veterans and their families enjoy new homes that are not only practical, in terms of meeting their accessibility requirements, but beautiful as well.”
Since its founding in 2004, Homes for Our Troops has built more than 210 mortgage-free, specially adapted energy-efficient homes for veterans severely injured in combat after September 11, 2001. Each four-bedroom, two-bath home is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, complete with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Construction of a home takes five to seven months, with the cost of each build averaging $430,000.
“With the addition of siding, CertainTeed has stepped up once again to support our organization with an additional array of quality products,” said Tim McHale, president/CEO of Homes for Our Troops. “And while we obviously appreciate the donation of top-of-the-line building materials in our veteran’s homes, the biggest asset for us in this partnership with CertainTeed is that everyone takes this relationship so personally. These compassionate professionals help in any way they can, from connecting HFOT to their business partners to participating in our volunteer events and assisting our builders.”