Public, Society Benefit

Homes For Our Troops

Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives

aka HFOT, HFOT USA

Taunton, MA

Mission

To build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Ruling Year

2004

President/CEO

General Tom Landwermeyer

Co Principal Officer

William D. Ivey

Main Address

6 Main Street

Taunton, MA 02780 USA

Keywords

troops, soldiers, homes, Veterans, military, injured, disabled, army, navy, marine, support, Iraq, Afghanistan, 911, HFOT

EIN

54-2143612

 Number

3434736663

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Programs + Results

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Homes For Our Troops is committed to helping the most seriously injured Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis and/or severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Using more than 10 years of experience building these homes, HFOT has created a unique home design that offers 100% barrier-free living to the Veteran, giving back some of the freedom and independence they sacrificed when they were injured while serving our country. Our homes provide the Veterans security, maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

Our programs

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

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Building Specially Adapted Custom Homes for Severely Injured Veterans

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Our Results

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Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans

Related program

Building Specially Adapted Custom Homes for Severely Injured Veterans

Context notes

Based on home completions

Children born since moving into HFOT homes

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Veterans

Related program

Building Specially Adapted Custom Homes for Severely Injured Veterans

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

It is our goal to ensure that all severely injured Veterans that qualify for one of our homes receives one.

Homes For Our Troops partners with donors, national Corporate Partners, and local support from the Veteran's community to complete a quality built home.

Since our founding in 2004, HFOT has completed over 230 homes. All homes are ADA and VA compliant, with approximately 40 major special adaptations including roll-in showers with digital temperature control, roll-under counter-tops, cook tops, and sinks, and other specialized items such as lift systems, keyless door entry, and voice-activation controls dependent on the individual's needs. Our homes are single-level, open floor plans and include back-up house generators, walkways that are easily accessible, and a master bedroom closet that is a steel reinforced concrete storm room built to FEMA standards. The homes are approximately 2,650 square feet, include four bedrooms and two baths, and are energy efficient. These homes are donated to the Veteran, removing the long-term, financial burden so the Veteran and his or her family can focus on their recovery and their future.

Our homes are designed to meet the needs of the Veterans for whom we build, encouraging a sense of long term stability. As the Veterans go through our process, we welcome them into the HFOT family, and stay in touch long after they have received their home. We have built a strong network among our staff, the Veterans in our program, their families, and the communities in which we build. We believe these ties are critical to the Veteran's recovery and rebuilding their lives. We lend support in the transition from military to civilian life, enabling these Veterans to establish roots, and ensure a lifelong sense of belonging in their community.

Following the completion of all home builds and other events (community outreach, fundraising, marketing, etc.), we conduct an after action review to evaluate each step and make changes as needed. We understand that change is necessary for growth but consistency is vital in carrying out our mission efficiently. The after action reviews identify what went well, what needs improvement, how we improve, and who is responsible for implementing the changes. Maximizing donations of labor and materials for each home we build allows us to stretch our monetary donations further, enabling us to build even more homes. We monitor cost, time, and quality and compare to our standards for home building, we also establish annual and quarterly revenue goals, and compare results with objectives. Because of the relationships we maintain with our home recipients, we can evaluate the impact the HFOT home is making on their lives. Last year, we have established an initiative, ""HFOT by the numbers"", to better monitor the effectiveness and success of our program. By surveying and recording all of the information based on the Veterans' before and after experiences with our program, we can compile statistics with respect to their families, education, and careers, and will use this information to strengthen our program as we grow. The true impact of our mission is best defined by the individual success stories of each of our home recipients. We measure several factors to identify how we helped improve a Veteran's life. For example, we look at the number of Veterans who have started and/or finished a college degree program, the number of years they have been a successful homeowner, their ability to start or expand their family, their successes in new business ventures or careers, how long they remain in the home, and other quality of life changes they have accomplished since living in their specially adapted home.

Since our founding in 2004, HFOT has completed 250 homes. Our long-term goal is to build capacity to build 75 homes every year. For FY2018 we are projecting 33 completed home builds as well as 35 land purchases

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Financials

Homes For Our Troops

Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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