Repairing Homes and Hearts of Homebound, Senior Veterans in Osceola County Since 1971
Kissimmee, FL, March 1, 2021 – Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels is proud to announce that it has received a grant from Meals on Wheels America and The Home Depot Foundation through their joint initiative – Helping Homebound Heroes – to help expand its home modification and repair program and ensure its veteran clients are living in safe homes. Nationwide, the Helping Homebound Heroes partnership initiative has helped select Meals on Wheels programs improve the homes and lives of 1,593 homebound veterans and their families since 2015 by funding home repairs.
“The Osceola Council on Aging is proud to administer the Helping Homebound Heroes program for veterans to help them continue living safely in their own homes,” said Wendy Ford, President and CEO , Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels. “Helping Homebound Heroes provides veterans and their spouses with home repair, maintenance, weatherization and chore services that improve safety, comfort and accessibility. During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to help our local heroes remain secure and comfortable at home.”
Through this partnership, The Home Depot Foundation has contributed more than $11 million and countless volunteer hours from Team Depot – The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force – to work alongside programs like Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels on a wide range of home repair projects, such as adding grab bars and repairing trip and fall hazards to cleaning up unsafe yard waste and constructing wheelchair ramps.
“The Home Depot Foundation has been a long-standing and generous partner of ours in providing home safety solutions for homebound veterans to continue aging in their own homes with dignity and comfort,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Through home modifications and repairs, we are able to give independence to those who have given so much to us, and we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to [Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheel’s effort to do just that, thanks to ongoing support from The Home Depot Foundation.”
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About Osceola Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels
A service that assists the frail, elderly, and younger disabled shut-ins by providing them with hot and cold nutritious meals. The service allows them to remain in their own home environment. Our mission is to end senior hunger by 2025. With the help of the community, we can make this possible!
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $350 million in support of veterans in need and improved more than 48,000 veteran homes and facilities in more than 4,500 cities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025.
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.