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PURPLE HEART HOMES INC

Improving Veterans' Lives One Home At A Time

Statesville, NC

Mission

Purple Heart Homes is dedicated to providing housing solutions for Service- Connected Disabled Veterans that is substantial in function, design, and quality fit to welcome home the fighting men and women of America.

Ruling Year

2016

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. John D. Gallina

Main Address

PO Box 5535

Statesville, NC 28687 USA

Keywords

Disabled Veterans, Housing

EIN

26-3516121

 Number

7191028261

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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What we aim to solve

The problem/need Purple Heart Homes is working to address is the housing needs of Service-Connected Disabled and aging Veterans. It is estimated that there are over 4 million disabled Veterans who live with daily challenges derived from service to our country. Many of these Veterans own their homes and live on fixed incomes. Some of these Veterans, an estimated 1.5 million, are spending 50% of their monthly income on housing - a severe cost burden. When physical disability, age, increased taxes, and a general rise in cost of living expenses are factored together, many of these Veterans cannot maintain needed repairs on their homes or make needed adaptations for safety and mobility like grab bars, wheelchair ramps, wider doorways, or make bathrooms handicap accessible. Purple Heart Homes provides for these needs of our nation's Veterans at no cost to them.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

VAIP - Veteran Aging In Place

VHOP - Veteran Home Ownership Progran

ROC - Ramps On Call

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The overarching goal of Purple Heart Homes is to do our part to make sure every Veteran has a safe place to call home. A home where the Veteran can age in place with dignity and independence. Near term goals include but are not limited to: Program Goals VAIP - Veteran Aging In Place - With a focus on 12 cities within the US, Purple Heart Homes plans to develop 14 new Chapters or Community Development Partners across the US bringing the total to 27. The goal for the Chapters is to complete a minimum of 3 projects each per year for a total of 81 Veterans served. - Purple Heart Homes Headquarters location will serve 100 Veterans per year providing housing solutions while sustaining program service revenues for general operations support. VHOP - Veteran Home Ownership Program - To match 10 Veterans, geographically, from our inventory of homes and assist them in becoming homeowners through VHOP. - To match 10 Veterans with homes through our newly developed Rental Program. ROC - Ramps On Call - To install 50 modular wheelchair ramps on Veterans' homes. Other Program Initiatives Modular Addition Program Purple Heart Homes, working with partner Bronze Star Homes, has begun building modular bedroom and bathroom additions at the Purple Heart Homes Headquarters facility. These additions will be built in-house and delivered and installed at the Veteran's residence where cost savings and efficiencies can be realized. The prototypes have been built and inspected to ensure all applicable codes and requirements are met. Veteran Cottage Purple Heart Homes, working with partner Bronze Star Homes, has begun an initiative to build Veteran Cottages. The Veteran Cottage is essentially a tiny home, built in-house, that can be adapted to a Veteran's need. A floored, framed, and studded model is being built presently for evaluation and refinement.

The primary metric by which success is measured at Purple Heart Homes is the number or service-connected disabled Veterans we help. Strategies that will enable Purple Heart Homes to reach and exceed goals are: - Identifying more ways to tell Veterans who we are and how we can help on a nationwide scale. - Identify and develop relationships with new partners for projects and funding nationwide. - Develop and expand communication strategies with current donors and supporters. - Learn, via a customer survey, what we are doing well and not well to better satisfy the specific needs of our Veterans. - Create more volunteer opportunities. - Market Ramps On Call in conjunction with volunteer days. - Development and launch of Fundraising brigades. - Develop a marketing package and a plan to recruit building industry members. - Development of an online Veteran and contractor portal for matching of project needs to volunteers and professional trades. - Implement an Employee Incentive Program (based on company financials and overall performance to provide a bonus structure to the full time staff These actions will be measurable toward our long-term goals and help us focus as an organization.

Purple Heart Homes was founded in 2008 and in the ensuing 11 years has served 513 Veterans with Housing needs (as of November 2019). As the organization has grown in service to our Veterans, we've also grown in the level of organizational capability. Much of this has been driven by learning and some by organic growth. What started as an idea by two combat wounded Iraq War Veterans, one of whom was recipient of a fully adapted home provided by his local community and a team dedicated volunteers, has grown into a premier organization helping disabled Veterans with housing solutions to allow them to live safely. From an idea to where we are today, here is a look at at who and what we are and the capabilities that allows Purple Heart Homes to continue to improve the quality of life for Service-Connected Disabled Veterans. - 31 employees at the headquarters location in Statesville, NC - Veterans assisted in 35 states to include Alaska and Hawaii - 14 Purple Heart Homes Chapters in 12 states - 70,000 square foot headquarters facility that encompasses all administrative, warehouse, and manufacturing functions. - National partnerships with home improvement retailers that donate items to be used in a Veterans home: flooring, paint, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, etc. - National partnerships with manufacturers of materials for the housing industry: flooring, roofing, drywall, wood products, etc. These partners donate these items or provide them to Purple Heart Homes at a significantly discounted cost. - We have developed a strong donor base. Foundation, Institutional, and Individual donors provide needed funds for continuance of our mission. - In-house manufacturing space for our Modular Addition Program, Veteran Cottage Program, and the Ramps On Call Program

The primary metric by which progress is measured at Purple Heart Homes is the number of Service-Connected Disabled Veterans we help. Other measures of progress will be our ability to: - Identify more ways to tell Veterans who we are and how we can help on a nationwide scale. - Identify and develop relationships with new partners for projects and funding nationwide. - Develop and expand communication strategies with current donors and supporters. - Learn, via a customer survey, what we are doing well and not well to better satisfy the specific needs of our Veterans. - Create more volunteer opportunities. - Market Ramps On Call in conjunction with volunteer days. These actions will be measurable toward our long-term goals and help us focus as an organization.

As of November 2019, Purple Heart Homes has served 513 Veterans with their housing needs. What we will work towards next is serving the additional 600+ Veterans who have applied to Purple Heart Homes for assistance. We only expect this number to continue to grow as we receive more applications every week. Some of the other things Purple Heart Homes has accomplished as an organization and to help spread our mission are: - We've developed a quarterly newsletter, Connections, that is sent to all contacts in our system. - We've implemented a successful direct mail campaign - We've created a Virtual Reality Empathy Experience that will be available at events. More can be learned about this on the PHH YouTube Channel. - Our co-founders wrote a book, Wounded Homecoming, that has been successful and generated speaking engagements for PHH. - We have started building modular bedroom and bathroom additions in our warehouse facility. These will allow PHH to serve more Veterans in a timely manner when compared to building a comparable structure onsite. - We are building Veteran Cottages in our warehouse facility too. These are essentially tiny homes that can be specifically adapted to a Veteran's needs. Our hope for the future is that these Veteran Cottages when formed into Veteran Villages can address, to some degree, the Veteran homelessness issues that abound. We work everyday to strategize and develop other initiatives we believe will positively impact the lives of Disabled Veterans and contribute to further success of Purple Heart Homes.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No