Joseph Roos, Founder and Executive Director of Hide in Plain Sight, with Melissa Maldonado, Chief Executive Officer of SMDRA, and members of the association’s Community Involvement and Charities Committee.
SUBMITTED BY DOUG E. LIERLE
The South Metro Denver REALTOR Association (SMDRA) recently presented a check to representatives of Purple Heart Homes, a charitable organization that helps disabled veterans by adapting, modifying or building on to existing homes to ensure greater mobility and comfort. The check was presented by members of SMDRA’s Charities and Community Involvement Committee (CCIC) during the association’s weekly Metro Market Pulse Meeting Nov. 9, at SMDRA’s Littleton headquarters. Marcel Savoie, chairman of the Board and the Charities Committee, presented a $600 check to Monte and Diana Flemings, representatives of Purple Heart Homes.
“Purple Heart Homes is dedicated to helping our disabled heroes in a variety of ways and we are proud to help such a worthwhile endeavor,” said Savoie. “From building a ramp for a veteran of World War II, to providing home ownership opportunities to younger veterans, the charity’s programs are designed out of necessity to fulfill specific needs. I urge our members and the general public to support Purple Heart Homes.”
Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit public charity, was founded in 2008 by John Gallina and Dale Beatty, two wounded combat veterans. After serving their country and suffering injuries in Iraq in 2004, Gallina and Beatty returned to their community and received a warm welcome and grateful appreciation for their service. The veterans are on a mission to care for other service-connected disabled veterans by providing homes that are substantial in function, design, and quality fit for the men and women who served America in conflicts overseas.
Purple Heart Homes was also honored at SMDRA’s Veterans Luncheon later in the day. Monte Fleming, a representative of Purple Heart Homes, gave an overview of the charity’s history and the services it provides, including a veterans Aging-in-Place program, a homeownership program, community awareness, and other programs designed to fit the specific needs of disabled veterans. Purple Heart Homes will also be the beneficiary of SMDRA’s Diamond Circle Silent Auction held in conjunction with the association’s annual Diamond Circle Awards celebration, SMDRA’s biggest event of the year with more than 600 realtors and affiliates attending the April event.
For more information on Purple Heart Homes and to make a donation, visit online at purplehearthomesusa.org.
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