Pella Supports Home for Our Troops

February 17, 2012

In conjunction with its Pro Expo series, Pella Corp. has donated $30,000 to the non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops.  It also worked to help raise additional cash, building materials and labor to support the national cause with partners and attendees at its Pro Expo events, which were held in 30 U.S. and Canadian markets in 2011. 

 Pella's Chris Dana, left, presenting a check to  John Gonsalves, founder of the Homes for Our Troops organization.

"Through The Pro Expo Presented by Pella events, we bring together builders, remodelers, contractors and architects to network, share ideas and attend educational seminars," says Chris Dana, trade marketing manager for the Iowa-based window and door manufacturer. "We were also proud to help raise awareness and support for Homes for Our Troops to help those who've sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom."

Since it was founded in 2004, Homes for Our Troops has assisted severely injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor and coordinates the process of building a specially-adapted home that enables an injured veteran to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at no cost to the veterans.

"Many veterans are returning home from wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with life-altering injuries sustained while defending the United States overseas," explains Dawn Teixeira, executive director of Homes for Our Troops. "These American heroes need specially adapted homes that will allow them to regain their independence and help them and their families rebuild their lives."

Homes for Our Troops' specially adapted homes go beyond Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, it is noted. They typically feature single-level, open floor plans, roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Depending on the severity of the injury sustained by the veteran, homes may also include specialized items like lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls.