“Even Heroes Need Help” Open House Fundraiser

2013-07-28T11:00:00Z “Even Heroes Need Help” Open House FundraiserMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 28, 2013 11:00 am  • 

Committed to raising awareness for Operation Homefront, which provides emergency assistance and morale assistance for our troops, for the families they leave behind and for the wounded warriors when they return home, Boulder Bay Realty Group also makes a contribution with each home they sell.

Now, they are inviting you to join them as they are hosting a special Open House and Fundraiser at a brand new custom home by Snemis Construction in Sagamore. Located at 154 N. Ridgeview in Valparaiso, the event will take place Tuesday, July 30 from 4-7 p.m.

“Our service members and their families are heroes to us,"  Boulder Bay Broker/Owner Lynda Anderson said. "Some are everyday heroes and some are uncommon ones. Most would not consider themselves heroes, rather they tell us they were just doing their job. Doing their job, means preserving our freedom. Our freedom is preserved because we have men and women willing to pay the price, bear the burden and meet the demand of keeping our country safe. Every American owes a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who serve honorably in our armed forces. Our soldiers remain unwavering and so should we. We must remain committed to provide for their needs.”

Since 2002, Operation Homefront has met over 400,000 needs for military families, including active duty, Guard and Reserve from all branches of service. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $128 million dollars of support through programs that benefit military families.

Operation Homefront provides direct services that alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual or complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24-72 hours, includes financial assistance, emergency food, emergency home repair, critical baby items, budget counseling, transitional housing, vehicle repair, furniture needs, moving assistance and morale events.

Service members and their families are proud, disciplined people who apply to Operation Homefront out of genuine need. The target population is American military personnel and/or families who have unmet needs due to death, injury, physical or mental detriment or financial hardship as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Operation Homefront responds with assistance, compassion, solutions and empathy.

Contributions to Operation Homefront help make life just a little easier for our military families and wounded warriors. Consider the following examples from the nonprofit:

$100 - Average amount provided to families for critical baby items - it’s heartbreaking to know that our heroes and their families often do not have enough money to buy formula and diapers for their infants.

$161 - Average amount provided for food assistance - this is the average amount given military families to help them put food on the table. If they didn't receive this help, many would go hungry.

$300 - Average amount provided to assist in paying utilities - for our military families, this can mean keeping the power on and having running water.

$1117 - Average amount provided to help with rent or mortgage - some of our military families are only days away from being homeless. That’s no way for a hero to live.

Along with the opportunity to tour a beautiful new custom home in an extraordinary neighborhood just five minutes outside of Valparaiso, you can purchase raffle tickets and enter to win some really great prizes as many times as you choose with all the proceeds benefiting Operation Homefront. In addition, there will be displays from three local artists - Ben-David Armstrong, Christian Fillippo and Rolando M.H. Dela Vega - to browse, with each one donating an 8x10 piece to the raffle.

Additional raffle items have been generously donated by: Amy of South Bend Chocolate, Au Naturel Market, Bangles, Blythes Sporting Goods, Gary German Attorney, Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria, Hines Plumbing, Ivy Boutique, Jenna of Daelyn’s Salon & Day Spa, Kernels & Kones, Lisa of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Meditrina Café, Old World Market, Pure Skin, Rice & Rice Attorneys, Roots Organic Juice Café, Sticky Fingers, Terri & Tracey of Traces Salon, Uptown Carwash, Uptown Café, Venus Spa Nails, Vincent's Hair Design and Waste Revelation.

More information about Operation Homefront is available online at operationhomefront.net.

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