As the never-ending “residency requirements” debate lingers on, firefighters, police and emergency medical services continue to grapple with the issue of whether they should live in the community where they work. Both pro-residency and anti-residency camps have valid points; one of the reasons, perhaps, that it’s such a hot-button issue. People are torn.
We had the pleasure of interviewing one of our hero healthcare professionals. Cardiac Nurse, LeAnn Pettis, tells us why she chose her profession, how her father was her role model, things she turns to for motivation, and explains how her local Homes for Heroes real estate specialist helped her sell her previous home and purchase a new home for her family.
By: S.L. Blackwell, Minneapolis Police (ret) and Homes for Heroes Hero Outreach Coordinator
Every year in early May, America’s Law Enforcement community comes together in Washington D.C. to say good bye and honor the lives and memories of Police Officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice while under the uniform and badge of their community. None of them planned on their last day at work being their last day with their friends and loved ones, but the choice wasn’t theirs. Read More “It’s Police week again…..now we can cry”
In the United States, nearly 900,000 men and women put on a police uniform and their badge every day to serve and protect their communities. These police officers have a special place in our hearts here at Homes for Heroes, and we can never thank them enough for what they do.
Throughout history, there are have been many teachers, educators, and advocates who have shaped our country. Some are well known, whereas others were in the background, pushing to change the education system for African American children.
There are few instances in history that have such a tremendous ripple effect on society and culture as the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech that Martin Luther King Jr delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
Fifty-five years later, the legendary anaphora of “I have a dream” echoes throughout our classrooms, our streets, and in our movements and marches for freedom and equality; Martin Luther King Jr’s spirit and dream is still alive today.
“I have a dream” is one of the most iconic phrases of our lifetime. In a speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr., on August 28, 1963, this phrase motivated and mobilized a generation.
There are many leaders across the country; however, Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably one of our most revered. Anyone looking to emulate him would never be questioned and left a better person.
“I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”
Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas Miracles honors a father who has raised his four kids and started a non-profit after losing his wife to cancer.
Jonathon is active military and stationed in California. He has 4 kids (twin 10 year old girls, an 8 year old girl and an adopted special needs 4 year old son). Last year, the family lost their wife and mother to cancer of the appendix. She was only 29 years old. After his wife passed away, Jonathon started a non profit for foster children and has done many more amazing things. He has done all this despite raising four children by himself on military pay.
Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas Miracles was presented to a Marine that is a single dad of three children in Maricopa County, AZ.
John is a retired Marine who currently does elevator repair. The family worked with Homes for Heroes Specialist, Becky Bunde to purchase their home after living in a trailer for six months in a friend’s backyard. He took on a dangerous job in elevator repair to provide for his children. This Marine goes above and beyond to help his community through volunteering and helps out with his son’s baseball club. He always puts his children and friends above himself. Read More “Marine, Father and Community Hero Receives $500 Gift”