EMBRACE announces Healing Our Heroes' Homes (H3), a program that brings volunteers together to provide home construction needs to wounded Veterans

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EMBRACE launched the H3 program with the first home restorative construction project to be provided to wounded veterans, Lee and Heide White of Escondido, CA. The community service program mobilizes college students and San Diegan contractors to volunteer to serve wounded veterans with needed home repairs.

Healing Our Heroes' Homes (H3) is the newest community service program provided by Embrace of San Diego, CA. The H3 program will mobilize college students or recent graduates to serve and assist wounded veterans in need of home repairs. The program's goals are to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic service-learning experience to connect young adults to veteran community members in need by volunteering to increase the value and efficient use of their homes.

EMBRACE’S H3 program is supported by college student volunteers from several universities including San Diego State University (SDSU) and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) that will be supervised by skilled trade professionals that donate their time and talent to restore the homes of wounded veterans. The H3 Program launched with the support of San Diego State University Physical Plant Department to work together on restorative home repairs for wounded veterans to include services such as building handicap ramps, painting, electrical, planting gardens, landscaping, plumbing, carpentry , and making homes more energy efficient. “I know I can speak for all of us on this one; we aren't doing this for some reward. We're doing it because it feels good to give," said Johnny Eaddy, Associate Director of SDSU Physical Plant. Other corporate sponsors include: Leichtag Family Foundation, Price Charities, Grainger Foundation, The California Endowment, San Diego Gas & Electric Savings Assistance Program (ESAP) and National Electrical Contractors Association.

The first of many home restorative projects under the EMBRACE H3 Program will be a weekend project beginning July 30, 2011at the Escondido home of wounded veterans Lee and Heide White, the married couple both are veterans of the Vietnam Era. “Finding out that we were selected for the H3 Program has been life changing experience for us. We are so appreciative, said Lee White”.

To be eligible for EMBRACE’S H3 program the candidate must be a wounded and/or 100% disabled veteran, who live at or below the federal poverty line and pay mortgage on a home.
Veterans who meet these criteria are asked to show proof of their DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, as well as the deed to their home to demonstrate home ownership.

“The purpose of the H3 program is to engage more young adults to volunteer their time and talent to serve the community, in particular, the veteran community. H3 causes young adults to spend time serving members of the veteran community, allowing them to become aware of the many personal sacrifices that our veterans have made and develop a deeper respect for the men and women that have served our country. Their efforts will improve the property value of homeowners who have sacrificed so much to keep our country great and safe, said, Sean Sheppard, EMBRACE CEO and Founder “.

About Embrace
In 2007, Sean Sheppard began volunteering his time to feed the homeless once a week with the San Diego Chargers and soon discovered that he had a passion for serving the homeless population. Embrace, a 7-year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, mobilizes college students to serve less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities. This community outreach/service learning model allows college students to assist with remedying community problems such as health and homelessness on a volunteer basis. His ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.

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