SOURCE: Rebuilding Together

April 24, 2008 13:37 ET

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

Local Military Family Benefits From Heroes at Home(SM)

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - April 24, 2008) - On Saturday, April 26, volunteers from Portland Sears and Kmart stores will help renovate the home of Lawrence "Ray" Clark, a local Veteran who served in the Marines during the Vietnam War. The project is part of Heroes at Home, 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.

Ray is one of the 70 veterans whose homes will be renovated by Heroes at Home on Saturday in celebration of National Rebuilding Day, and one of hundreds who will benefit from the program with the nearly $4 million raised by Sears and Kmart customers last year.

Heroes at Home volunteers will replace the front door of the Clark's home with a new and secure door and will paint the exterior. New flooring, wiring, repairs to damaged stairs and railings will also be provided.

"We are extremely excited and proud to team with Sears and Kmart to assist military families in our community," stated Mike Malone, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Portland.

Clark now lives at home with his wife, Dina, and their two children. He works part time and coaches his two daughters' softball team. Dina devotes her time to volunteering for the Red Cross, school functions, and she helped to build a playground for the local elementary school.

Rebuilding Together Portland 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 Portland, how to refer a family or to make a tax deductible donation to Heroes at Home(SM), please visit www.rebuildingtogether.org or call 503-943-7515.

About Rebuilding Together Portland

Rebuilding Together Portland is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving and enhancing the quality of life of low-income homeowners by providing needed repair and rehabilitation on their homes. Services are targeted towards the elderly, disabled and families with children who cannot physically or financially complete the work themselves. The goal is to allow low-income homeowners to live in their homes in safety, health and independence. For more information about Rebuilding Together Portland, or if your corporation is interested in becoming a sponsor, please call (503) 943-7515, or visit the Web site at www.rebuildingtogetherportland.org.

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. In addition, Rebuilding Together 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 over 100,000 homes thanks to the efforts of more than 200 affiliates nationwide. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

Contact Information

  • MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Mike Malone
    Executive Director
    Rebuilding Together Portland
    503-943-7515 office
    503-267-9182 cell