GREAT NEWS! Recent survey results have demonstrated what we at HFOT have known all along: we are making a lasting impact in the lives of our nation’s most severely injured Veterans and their spouses/caregivers. Here is a look at the different ways our program is setting up our Veterans and their families for lasting success.*
Freedom & Independence
After receiving their specially adapted custom Homes For Our Troops homes, a large portion of Veterans have regained a substantial amount of independence. More than 80 percent of our home recipients say they are able to heal in a safe environment. Over 90 percent of Veterans say they regained freedom and independence after receiving the home.
EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION
Once they regain their freedom within the home, many home recipients, and their caregivers/spouses, have the time to pursue an education or trade. The number of Veterans who have obtained or are pursuing a degree or trade certification increased from 12 percent to 69 percent after receiving their specially adapted custom homes. The number was even higher for spouses/caregivers, growing from 8 percent to 90 percent. Since they are able to rest and recover comfortably in their homes and their spouses/caregivers no longer have to worry about their safety, many home recipients feel empowered to return to the workforce. The number of Veterans employed grew by 67 percent after receiving their HFOT home. The impact was even more significant for spouses/caregivers, with their employment rate increasing by over 300%.
Receiving a donated home gives home recipients the ability to save for the future. After receiving their HFOT homes, 58 percent of our Veterans decreased family debt, 57 percent increased savings, and 37 percent increased family income.
Living in a safe and stable environment gives home recipients the ideal environment to start or expand their families. Over 150 babies have been born to HFOT families since 2010. The number of Veterans who are married increased from 59 percent to 79 percent. The average American household size remained unchanged at 2.6 from 2005-2017, according to the U.S. Census. During that time frame, the average HFOT family grew from 2.7 to 3.8.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND VOLUNTEERING
Many Veterans feel so grateful for receiving an HFOT home, they want to continue serving others. After receiving the keys to their homes, the number of Veterans able to pay it forward by volunteering grew from 12 percent to 67 percent.
* Results are based on a March 2018 survey of Veteran home recipients and their caregivers, response rate was 64%.
Please take some time to review our 2017 Annual Impact Report to see what we’ve been able to accomplish because of our donors’ generosity. This report is not just a recap of what
Homes For Our Troops has accomplished over the past year; it demonstrates the power of the great things that can happen when we work together toward one common goal. The support we receive from donors and sponsors has enabled us to acquire land, build homes, and help rebuild lives. The impact of our accessible homes for injured veterans cannot be overstated. Our accessible homes are making lifelong differences for our injured Veterans and their families.
Once our Veterans move into their safe and fully accessible homes, you see hopes and dreams once again become a part of their lives. They are able to attend school, obtain jobs, expand families, launch businesses, compete athletically, and even climb mountains. Their caregivers are under much less stress and able to accomplish life goals as well.
Your continued support in FY18 and FY19 will be crucial in light of the predicted spikes in operating costs due to environmental factors such as floods, wildfires, and hurricanes, and the rising cost of building materials and scarcity of quality contractors. More importantly though, your support today enables us to help change these home recipients’ lives and outcomes – forever.