SOURCE: Rebuilding Together

May 19, 2008 14:55 ET

Rebuilding Together Long Island, Sears and Kmart to Improve the Lives of Military Families at Home

Local Military Family Benefits From Heroes at Home(sm)

N MASSAPEQUA, NY--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - On Wednesday, May 21, Rebuilding Together, Sears and Kmart volunteers will make renovations and repairs to the home of Christopher Joseph, a local veteran who served in the Army for more than 23 years. The project is part of Heroes at Home(sm), a joint effort of Rebuilding Together and Sears Holdings Corporation. Heroes at Home seeks to improve the lives of military families in need across America by making necessary repairs, improvements or modifications to their homes.

"We are extremely excited and proud to team with Sears and Kmart to assist military veteran families in our community," stated Harold Feldman, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Long Island.

Christopher is one of the hundreds of veterans who will benefit from the program with the nearly $4 million raised by Sears and Kmart customers in 2007.

Christopher lives with his wife, Barbara, and the youngest of their three daughters, Zuwena (14). Their home is in need of many critical repairs but the family does not have the money, tools, or experience to make these repairs on their own.

Heroes at Home volunteers will replace the roof on the Joseph's home, modify the bathroom to include grab bars, repair the windows and doors, fix the heating system, paint and landscape around the home. The repairs will be made at no cost to the Joseph family.

Christopher Joseph, Heroes at Home recipient, stated, "This means so much to me and my family! We're so grateful and excited that Rebuilding Together Long Island and Sears have come together to help us. I'm also grateful to see that people care so much about veterans and help is available."

This project is the kick-off for the next Sears in-store fundraising campaign. From May 22 to July 6, Sears customers will be able to make donations to benefit the Heroes at Home program both in-store and online. These donations will be used to make necessary home repairs and modifications to the homes of veterans in need like Christopher Joseph.

Rebuilding Together Long Island continues to generate support for low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled, members of the military, veterans and their families by providing home repairs, improvements or modifications. To find out more about Rebuilding Together Long Island, how to refer a family or to make a tax-deductible donation to Heroes at Home, please visit or call 516-541-7322.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing free home repair and modification services to those in need. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America's largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners.

In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together also rehabilitates community centers and conducts home modification and repair programs that focus on aging in place. Rebuilding Together, also has programs dedicated to energy efficiency, veteran's housing, and disaster recovery and reconstruction.

Rebuilding Together is currently celebrating 20 years as a national organization and the completion of more than 100,000 homes thanks to the efforts of more than 200 affiliates nationwide. For more information, visit

Contact Information

    Becky Carter
    (202) 302-1139
    Communications Manager
    Rebuilding Together