Earlier this month, Sears Heroes at Home volunteers teamed with the nonprofit Rebuilding Together to renovate Chicago’s Remake the World transitional shelter for homeless veterans. The Heroes at Home program funds critical home modifications and repairs for low-income and disabled veterans and their families. More than 70 Sears volunteers and contractors made much-needed repairs to floors, installed new carpeting, painted and patched drywall, hauled away roomfuls of debris, installed donated Kenmore appliances, landscaped the property, and fixed the roof.
“The first time I saw this place, it just looked like it would have taken a wrecking ball more so than a cleaning crew,”said Tabitha, a veteran and Remake the World Veteran Center resident. “What I’m excited about is not to have my hand out anymore. Just be able to go home. As an adult I can begin to live like one again. And that is priceless.”
The project helped address an urgent need for veterans housing facilities.
“Being here today, having the honor of meeting these wonderful veterans as well as those who are so dedicated to assisting them, has been inspiring,” said Leena Munjal, senior vice president for Sears. “Helping military and their families has been a part of Sears’ culture for a long time. The Heroes at Home program proudly carries on that tradition and we’re so thankful for the support our members provide when they shop with us.”
This is the eighth year of Sears’ Heroes at Home program, which has raised more than $18 million in total. The renovation for the Remake the World facility is one of the hundreds of projects in communities across America that are made possible through generous customer donations in Sears stores nationwide and online via a link at Sears.com/heroesathome.
Now through Aug. 1, Sears is encouraging Shop Your Way® members and customers to give back to the men and women who served our country by donating to Heroes at Home at their local Sears store or via online at a link at sears.com/heroesathome.
To learn more about the day, see the video and images below: