House Available For Sale At A Tremendous Discount To Handicapped Military Veteran

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A brand new house is available to a handicapped veteran. Fully furnished with brand new appliances, the house is being sold for $120,000.00. This represents a $60,000.00 discount from the construction costs, which exceeded $180,000.00.

We created a separate room with direct access to the master bedroom and the master bathroom that includes a washer and dryer as well as closet space

A brand new home designed for a handicapped military veteran is available for sale in the White Haven area of the Pocono Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania. The purchase price is $120,000.00 - a one-third discount off of the actual costs of $180,000.00.

America Responds With Love, Inc., a national non-profit organization with its main office in Valley, had the Respond With Love Home built in Foster Township in Luzerne County. Seventy-five companies and organizations donated products and services to help reduce the cost of this house for a handicapped military veteran.

The Respond With Love Home - Foster Township is a one-story, ranch-style home. It includes two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a dining area, and a dressing room. There are covered porches over both entrances to the house. Brand new appliances as well as landscaping designed for minimal maintenance are included with this house.

This is the first of what will be many Respond With Love Homes. Plans are underway for similar homes throughout the United States.

Located less than 10 minutes from the Pocono Mountains Exit (Interstate 80) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Respond With Love Home - Foster Township is located in a neighborhood with complimentary weekly van service for military veterans traveling to the nearby Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.

A variety of features designed to help handicapped persons are included in this Respond With Love Home, including no steps, levers instead of door handles, wider doorways, thermostats in each room, lower kitchen countertops, a roll-in shower with grab bars, a toilet with grab bars, an extended bathroom sink, and lower heights for electric switches.

"The kitchen includes a variety of features that will appeal to a handicapped military veteran," explains Richard McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of America Responds With Love, Inc. "The electric range has front controls, the dishwasher has a tall tub, and the refrigerator is designed for easy access for both the refrigeration and the freezer sections of the appliance. The sink area allows easy access for a person in a wheelchair. Drawers include loop handles, while the lazy susan actually comes out of its cabinet. A cabinet with no shelves has been placed between the range and the refrigerator to allow a person in a wheelchair the ability to take items from either appliances and then prepare the food items on a countertop that doubles as a table."

The design of the house includes a room that is not ordinarily included in most houses. "We created a separate room with direct access to the master bedroom and the master bathroom that includes a washer and dryer as well as closet space," explained McDonough. "Frigidaire donated a front-controlled washer and a front-controlled dryer. This will allow the homeowner to take dirty clothes directly from the two most likely locations--a bathroom and a bedroom--and do all of their laundry and then hang up their clothes all in one room.

In addition to Frigidaire, national supporters of the Respond With Love Home include CertainTeed, Sherwin-Williams, Simmons Bedding, LandAmerica, Wilsonart Laminates, Clarion Bathware, Hilton Hotels, and Silver Line Windows, an Andersen Company.

A number of regional and local companies in Pennsylvania also helped with building the Respond With Love Home - Foster Township. Among the donors are two Montgomery County businesses: The H & K Group of Skippack donated gravel and Sun & Earth Products of King of Prussia donated a variety of cleaning products for the house.

America Responds With Love, Inc. is seeking to help an individual served in the military of the United States of America since April 18, 1983, sustained injury during military service, was honorably discharged, has a disability status of 80% or greater according to the current standards of the Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America or meets the current criteria for the Specially Adapted Housing Grant Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America, and has medically-verifiable needs for housing that is handicapped accessible. The maximum total household income cannot exceed $43,200.00 for a household of one person, $57,600.00 for a household of two people, or $67,200.00 for a household of three or four people.

For more information, please visit http://www.respondwithlove.org.

If you'd like to buy the Respond With Love Home - Foster Township, please contact America Responds With Love by telephone at 1-321-AMERICA or 1-321-263-7422; by postal mail at P. O. Box 5000, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 19482; or by e-mail at fostertownshiphome@respondwithlove.org.

If you'd like America Responds With Love to build a Respond With Love Home in your community, please contact America Responds With Love by telephone at 1-321-AMERICA or 1-321-263-7422; by postal mail at P. O. Box 5000, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 19482; or by e-mail at helphandicappedveterans@respondwithlove.org.

If you'd like to donate a piece of land or donate needed products and services, please contact America Responds With Love by telephone at 1-321-AMERICA or 1-321-263-7422; by postal mail at P. O. Box 5000, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 19482; or by e-mail at helphandicappedveterans@respondwithlove.org.

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