What a blessing to participate in building a home with HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS! The Space Cadets team has been working on a VERY special project the past few months, along with a talented and generous group from the construction world, led by Stephen Ray and Heidi Core.
Our precious recipient is Alabama’s own Noah Galloway…a man who caught my attention last season on Dancing with the Stars, as he danced his way through weeks of competition and straight into my heart.
Overcoming physical obstacles beyond anything most of us can comprehend, this man inspired me and my family to become better people, teaching us each week that if a man with one arm and one leg can dance that beautifully, there are NO EXCUSES. Spending just a moment with Noah, one can immediately see the authentic, genuine heart he has and his positive personality will inspire you to believe anything is possible.
About Homes for Our Troops
Homes For Our Troops has a mission to build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization
building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents of every dollar donated to Homes for Our Troops has gone directly to our program services for Veterans. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives.
Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives
HFOT builds homes as a departure point for these Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many of our Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and returning to their life’s work of serving others.
Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories – far too numerous to include on one page – are the driving force for the work we do here at HFOT. Read more about them at www.hfotusa.org.
Space Cadets Closets
So when Cassidy asked me if I was really going to give the Galloway family an entire house-full of closets, it was a no-brainer to answer with a yes! Our veterans are willing to give their lives for our freedom and his personal story has given me so much – giving closets to Noah & Jamie is the least I can do in return!
This morning was the Ribbon Cutting and Prayer Dedication. I even let Cassidy check-in and go, because it’s not everyday that she gets to meet a real hero. I’m really proud of what we all did with this project and how we made this family’s life a little bit better.
For the master closet, we chose our Built-In Melamine line so we could include Pull-Down Rods, which will hold hanging clothes up high, but Noah will be able to access them from a wheelchair when he is not wearing his prosthetic leg. There is a bench with electrical outlets, set up for a prosthetic recharging station, and a place to sit and put it on.
I designed it for Noah and Jamie to each have their own side, which Jamie was happy to hear after living in a small apartment while waiting for their home to be built. We laughed about how many shoes Noah has and they were glad to see plenty of shelving to hold them all. I told him it is all adjustable, so if we need to add some more, he even has room to grow his collection!
For the remainder of the house, I selected our Freedom Rail line, because it is a fully adjustable, modular storage system, so it can change as their needs change.