Chicago Area Organizations Team Up with Ex-NFL Players to Help Vets

May 02, 2012

Former NFL players, trades people and community members volunteered in north suburban Antioch to help install LP® SmartSide® engineered wood siding and trim donated by LP Building Products to the outside of a LIFEhouse™ for a Hero home in the Newport Cove community.

Builders holding up home pictureThe purpose of the LIFEhouse™ for a Hero project is to build homes for wounded Iraq or Afghanistan war veterans.

Created by home builder/developer New American Homes near Antioch, Ill., the ranch-style 1,992 sq. ft. home is part of the nationwide Touchdown for Homes charitable outreach program of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Football Players League Association (NFLPA). The program brings together local home builders’ associations, like the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC), and former NFL players to build or renovate homes for veterans and families in need.

Former NFL players Reggie Smith, Marques Sullivan, Brian Glasgow, Jermaine Hampton and Mike Hoban took part in installing the siding for this great program helping out war veterans.

“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work, and we’re proud to help,” said chapter President Reggie Smith, a former offensive lineman who played six NFL seasons in the 1980s with Denver, Dallas and Tampa Bay. “The veterans protected us all with their service, and now we have a chance to protect them with ours.”

Operation Finally Home (OFH), a national 501(c)(3) that provides custom mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen, is helping to select the veteran for this Newport Cove home. Visit their Facebook page and learn more.

The home features a finished basement, open floor plan with wide doorways and circulation areas, multi-level cabinetry, lever door handles, stair handrails with lighting beneath, alternating colored low-pile carpet on stairs, hardwood flooring, no-slip porcelain tile, accessible light switches and outlets, and appliances accessible from a sitting level.

The specially designed entrances, kitchen and bathrooms are accessible for a physically challenged veteran.

The home incorporates predominantly made-in-America products.

The home is expected to be completed by July and the chosen veteran will move in Aug. 18.

“More projects like this are on the horizon,” said Rita Unzner, services director for the HBAGC,  adding that an estimated 5,000 veterans in Chicago are homeless. “We want the work to start snowballing so our veterans get the help they deserve.”

Kudos to all the organizations involved with this important cause.

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