House of Heroes, the Columbus-based organization that repairs and helps maintain the homes of military and public safety veterans, is receiving a $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo.
The bank said Friday that it will present the check to the non-profit next Wednesday as more than 30 of its employees venture to the home of Mimmie Callaway, the wife of a deceased veteran, to show the dwelling some rehab love. Callaway also is to receive an American flag.
“Wells Fargo is pleased to support non-profits like House of Heroes that work tirelessly to help veterans achieve long-term stability and success,” Laurel Briglevich, Wells Fargo’s assistant vice president and senior community development officer, said in a statement.
The company said $35,000 of the money being given to House of Heroes is coming from its VeteranWINS program, which is granting $200,000 altogether this year to a half dozen organizations. The remaining $15,000 is from Wells Fargo’s Team Member Volunteer Program, which targets assistance for low- to moderate-income homebuyers and owners.
“Through the generosity and support of Wells Fargo, House of Heroes has been able to assist 47 veterans since 2011 with home repairs,” said Susan Wood, executive director of the House of Heroes Chattahoochee Valley Chapter. “In addition to Wells Fargo’s charitable support, team member volunteers have given over 11,000 hours to help our veterans, making a tangible difference to so many lives.”
House of Heroes was founded in the year 2000 by the Rev. Wayne Anthony, who is also a former Columbus Council member and Business Resource Center director. He remains president of the organization’s board of directors. The non-profit now has chapters in Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Middle Georgia, South Georgia and Iowa’s Washington County.
The $35,000 portion of the Wells Fargo grant will be used to assist veterans and family members who have been on a waiting list for home repairs and other needs for more than two years. Specifically, a roof and sub-flooring will be replaced in some dwellings, while also giving bathrooms in several homes handicap-accessibility. The remaining $15,000, the organization said, will be used to renovate the home of a veteran’s surviving spouse.
For more information, contact House of Heroes at 706-562-1032 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.