To support the family of officer Michael Chesna of the Weymouth Massachusetts Police Department, the Homes for Heroes Foundation provided the Chesna family with a $5,000 grant through the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to help a first responder family pay off their mortgage and other expenses. As we remember the tragic events of 9/11 this month, we are honored to partner with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to support Michael Chesna’s wife, Cindy (shown holding check with brother-in-law, Captain Comperchio of the Weymouth Police Department) and Michael’s two children.
He was a 34 year old family man, business owner, and 15-year veteran volunteer firefighter for the Sun Prairie, WI fire department until July 10, 2018 when Captain Cory Barr responded to his last call. Family members, loved ones, thousands of community members and fellow first responders paid their respects and said their goodbyes to Captain Barr on Saturday, July 14 following an explosion that took his life.
The Homes for Heroes Foundation, in conjunction with the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF), provided a $5,000 grant to help support Cory’s wife, Abby and their twin daughters.
Sgt. Danial Baker of the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle. It was a senseless act of evil against a man that dedicated his life to serving his country and helping others in his community. Read More “Foundation Grant to Assist Family of Fallen Police Sergeant”
In honor of Military Appreciation Month and Armed Forces Day, Homes for Heroes grows its Circle of Giving through the Homes for Heroes Foundation with a $50,000 Grant to National Coalition of Homeless Veterans Nonprofits. The Homes for Heroes Foundation presented five checks for $10,000 each to National Coalition of Homeless Veterans’ nonprofit organizations across the nation who serve homeless veterans. Read More “Homeless Veterans Receive Support Through $50,000 Foundation Grant”
Ask any veteran, and they’re likely to tell you that one of the greatest lessons they learned while on active duty is how to navigate and problem solve unfamiliar situations without a road map. This intangible attribute makes veterans one of the most employable and job-ready candidates in the job market. However, many military members struggle with finding civilian employment after service due to the lack of hard skills many employers seek in today’s workforce. Read More “Helping Veterans Transition to a Civilian Career – A Hero Foundation Grant”
On March 10, Janet Saunier, a Homes for Heroes Affiliate Specialist, presented a $5,000 grant to the Fraternal Order of Police Jacksonville, Florida Lodge 5-30 on behalf of the Homes for Heroes Foundation. The grant will be used to support two Jacksonville officers recently injured in the line of duty. Read More “Grant Presented to Jacksonville FOP to Support Injured Officers”
More than 43% of law enforcement officers personally know an active or retired police officer that has taken their own life.
78% of law enforcement officers know a department or agency that has lost one of its officers to suicide.
The rate of suicide among first responders is 50% higher than the general population.
The strains, stresses and trauma of a police officer’s job directly impacts their mental health. The stigma of weakness associated with an officer’s inability to cope with these stresses are causing many officers to deal with them in a fateful way. This stigma also prevents many departments from recognizing this problem and allocating the necessary resources to help their officers deal with their stresses proactively and positively. Read More “Foundation Grant to Help Reduce Suicide Rate Among First Responders”
The men and women who sign up to serve and protect this country deserve a place they can call home. No military member should return home from service and have to experience homelessness. To help homeless veterans achieve the American Dream of homeownership, Homes for Heroes is proud to support the AREAA Education Foundation and their Welcome Home for Heroes Housing Assistance Program. Read More “Foundation Grant to Assist Homeless Veterans Become Homeowners”
The home front has become a battlefield for many military members fighting the war on terror. After protecting and serving a country they love, military members return home only to continue their battle by trying to heal the physical and mental scars caused by war. Air Force veteran, Michael Cash is committed to helping these injured veterans fight and win this battle on the home front.