PURPLE HEART HOMES INC

Improving Veterans' Lives One Home At A Time

Statesville, NC   |  www.purplehearthomesusa.org

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 info

2016

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. John D. Gallina

Main address

PO Box 5535

Statesville, NC 28687 USA

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EIN

26-3516121

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

VAIP - Veteran Aging In Place

For Service-Connected Disabled Veterans who own a home that no longer meets their physical needs, we partner with local volunteers to restore dignity and 'quality of life' by creating a safe, barrier-free living environment. Renovations are provided to Veterans nationwide or in areas where a Purple Heart Homes Chapter has been formed and at no cost to the Veteran.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with physical disabilities

VHOP is for Purple Heart Homes Qualified Service-Connected Disabled Veterans who are prepared to accept the responsibility of homeownership. The program's purpose is to provide Purple Heart Homes Veterans with newly renovated and/or modified homes that have been donated from various sources specifically for the Veteran Home Ownership Program. Veterans who meet the requirements and expectations of the program will have the opportunity to obtain a mortgage and own one of these homes at no more than 50% of the home's final appraised value.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with physical disabilities

The Ramps On Call Program is a rapidly deployable, modular wheelchair ramp program that provides freedom to Veterans living with limited mobility, including Veterans who were recently discharged from a hospital, rehabilitation facility or nursing home.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total projects completed.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Veterans, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of projects completed in our VAIP and VHOP programs serving veterans. This number is the combined total of projects completed by our corporate office and our Chapters.

Average number of Hearts of Honor Monthly Giving Club donors.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans, People with intellectual disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average number of donors signed up to donate monthly.

Hearts of Honor Average Monthly Donations.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Veterans, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average donation received monthly from Hearts of Honor Club Members. Donor funds impact the quantity of projects that are completed each year.

Purple Heart Homes Chapters active within the United States.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, Veterans, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Chapters are groups of PHH volunteers across the United States who fundraise and work on projects to better the living conditions of service connected disabled Veterans.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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

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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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PURPLE HEART HOMES INC

Board of directors
as of 3/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charlie Eadie

Claris Construction

Term: 2019 -

Ryan Repp

Bank of America

Darrin Sirois

Tactical Combat Tools

Victoria Schweizer

Southern Luxurie

Elizabeth Paradise

McKinney, Inc.

Keith Hotchkiss

iHeart Media, Inc.

Sherry Yaskin

The Home Depot, Inc.

Charlie Eadie

Claris Construction, Inc.

Robert Banuelos

HSA Bank

Jessica Millman

Elsa and Peter Soderberg Charitable Foundation

Esteban McMahan

TOPO Organic Distillery

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data