Veteran’s dreams come true

CHATTANOOGA, TN (October 14, 2013) —This summer, ResCare HomeCare employees and local volunteers teamed with Steps2Hope to make one special veteran’s dream come true.

ResCare employees and volunteers teamed with Steps2Hope to build veteran Andrew Smith a home that is handicap accessible.

ResCare employees and volunteers teamed with Steps2Hope to build veteran Andrew Smith a home that is handicap accessible.

ResCare HomeCare staff first became aware of Mr. Smith’s story through a local news story. They learned that during his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2012, Mr. Smith lost both of his legs after stepping on an explosive device. After numerous surgeries and a long hospital stay, Mr. Smith was looking forward to heading back to his home in Chattanooga to live with his wife, Tori. What they weren’t sure about was how he would get around in his then inaccessible home.

In response to Mr. Smith’s story, an organization called Steps2Hope was formed with the goal of helping young people who have endured life-altering injuries. A new home for Mr. Smith would be their first project. Their goal was to provide Mr. Smith with the home of his dreams – one that is fully accessible.

From left, ResCare HomeCare Executive Director Erica Harrell lends a helping hand to build a new home for Andrew Smith and his wife, Tori.

From left, ResCare HomeCare Executive Director Erica Harrell lends a helping hand to build a new home for Andrew Smith and his wife, Tori.

Through a number of campaigns led by ResCare, Steps2Hope and local community members, they raised $200,000 to build the Smith’s new home.

When Steps2Hope’s called for volunteers to assist during the build, ResCare HomeCare wanted to find a way to help. Using creativity to come up with an idea that fit their expertise, they offered the ResCare HomeCare RV and ResCare HomeCare nurses to give onsite first aid assistance.

With over 1,000 volunteers and 200 sponsors helping to build the home, the Smiths were able to move into their new home in a week.

ResCare HomeCare’s assistance is the perfect example of how ResCare operations use their time and skills to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

ResCare HomeCare employees used the ResCare HomeCare RV to provide onsite first aid during the build.

ResCare HomeCare employees used the ResCare HomeCare RV to provide onsite first aid during the build.

To learn more about Team Andrew and the history behind Steps2Hope, click here.

Author: Moriah Dietrich