In the shadow of COVID-19, Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) continues its mission to build and donate specially adapted, mortgage-free homes to post-9/11 severely injured Veterans, and corporate sponsors like Budget Blinds® remain steadfast in their support. Each month, more homes are completed and awarded with Key Ceremonies structured to accommodate regional requirements, generally with reduced attendance and masks required to share the excitement of life-changing moments as ribbons are cut and houses become homes. To date, HFOT has placed almost 300 Veterans into forever homes, enabling them to focus on recovery and rebuilding their lives.
Cutting the ribbon opens up the home and a whole new life for each Veteran and their family
Budget Blinds on mission with Homes for Our Troops
Since 2014, Budget Blinds, supported by our manufacturing partner, Springs Window Fashions who donates the blinds, has been committed to installing our exclusive Signature Series® faux wood blinds in every house HFOT builds. These custom window coverings bring beauty, functionality, and convenience by providing light and privacy control in every room, as well as year-round energy efficiency. HFOT builds homes across the country and the Budget Blinds’ nationwide network of independent franchise business owners means we are always exactly where we need to be, from New York to California, Washington to Florida, and everywhere in between!
Franchise owners custom-fit and professionally install the blinds to ensure years of worry-free functionality in every home, adding to the overall comfort of the specially adapted homes
Universal appeal and versatility make white faux wood blinds the ideal solution for the homes since they are compatible with every climate and area of the country:
- Blinds provide timeless, classic style that can be personalized with drapery panels or valances.
- Faux wood blinds give the beauty of real wood with moisture-resistant qualities that make them appropriate for every room, even kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms where humidity can be a problem.
- One-touch-control motorized blinds in the master bath provide additional safety by eliminating the need to reach across the tub to adjust the blinds.
- Window blinds help reduce heat gain in summer and keep out cold air in winter, saving on energy bills.
Check out the new 360-degree home tour by clicking on the image below to see all the amazing features.
Budget Blinds is honored to join with HFOT and its many individual donors and corporate sponsors to help secure a brighter future for deserving Veterans and their families by providing safe and secure forever homes where they choose to live.
Meet Army Specialist Jarrod Addison
Army Specialist Jarrod Addison joined the Army to secure a future for his family, not realizing that his plans were to be altered forever. On his first deployment in Afghanistan in 2011, he sustained enemy fire that severely damaged his left ankle. Despite seven months of rehabilitation and now years of coping and limited recovery, he still may be facing amputation of his left foot to relieve the chronic pain and disability that relegates him to a wheelchair to get any relief.
Jarrod, his wife, Brandi, and their three children, Zoey, Jarrod Jr., and Landon, are excited to be moving from a two-bedroom apartment to the specially adapted HFOT home in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL, that will provide a safe and secure home for Jarrod to continue recovery. The barrier-free home will provide wheelchair access to every room, giving back the freedom and independence he has been missing since his injury, so Jarrod can participate more in raising his family and taking care of their needs. Brandi shares, “It gives us peace of mind. I see us having a future, having our normal life again.” Jarrod is pursuing a degree to follow his passion for music by becoming a music producer and is encouraged with having the space for a music studio in the new home.
He is thankful for the gift that Homes for Our Troops and its supporters provide to Veterans. “This has definitely been a godsend. Homes for Our Troops is doing noble work, making a difference not just for Veterans, but their families as well. I don’t think they understand the full impact they are making, what they do and how important and special they truly are to all of us servicemembers.”
Specially adapted homes make daughter-to-dad and dad-to-daughter caregiving easier, helping the whole family with everyday life in a safe and secure environment
A Veteran himself, this is the first HFOT home for Norman Harris and his wife, Sizile, franchise owners of Budget Blinds of Northern Jacksonville. They were happy to provide professional measuring and installation services of custom faux wood blinds throughout SPC Addison’s home, with motorized blinds in the master bath for added safety and security. They had the privilege of attending the restricted-attendance Key Ceremony when the home was awarded and Norman shares, “It’s an honor and a pleasure to help a fellow brother in arms any way that I can. We were excited to be a part of SPC Addison’s project and we hope he enjoys his home for years to come.”
Hear Jarrod and Brandi share their story by clicking here.
Meet Army Staff Sergeant Vincent Reynolds
After graduating High School, Army Staff Sergeant Vincent Reynolds joined the Army, a natural evolution from playing Army as a boy, complete with Army Surplus Store rank on his shirt and a desire to give back in his heart. The Army suited him well and he re-enlisted for four more years in 2012. On a second deployment in Afghanistan, he stepped on a simplistic, but very effective, improvised explosive device (IED)—a water bottle filled with explosives—resulting in the loss of his left leg and damage to his right leg, back, and hands from shrapnel.
Originally from Pennsylvania, he moved back there to be with family but struggled with cabin fever and anxiety in the winter. A Christmas visit to Denise’s family (fiancée) in Texas opened up a whole new world: “I was like, I’m wearing shorts in December! I can hunt and fish year-round.” He moved his family to Texas and learned about HFTO from a high school friend, a former injured Marine who had received a specially adapted HFOT home. He applied to HFOT and joined the family! The new home will help him be a better father to his two daughters and he shares, “It’s a home you can really use, a home you can function in. Every Veteran who’s injured just wants to be normal, to participate in everyday rituals. You can be part of your kids’ lives; you don’t have to miss anything.” He is thankful to HFOT’s donors and supporters who make this dream possible and says, “It is humbling to know there are people out there who care.”
Vincent plans to finish his bachelor’s degree of science in economics and wants to pay it forward by supporting other injured Veterans and Homes for Our Troops. He fishes competitively with Army Bass Anglers, an organization that raises funds to help military servicemembers, and volunteers with the CAST for Kids Foundation and other nonprofits that help kids with special needs or terminal illnesses. “To me that’s what it’s all about, giving back. It gives me a purpose again. This home is going to allow me to continue to do that.”
Denise joined Vincent in Maryland and took care of him during recovery. He says, “It was like she never left my side the whole time.”
Reynolds’ home is also the first HFOT home for Mark and Suzon Crowell, franchise owners of Budget Blinds of Texoma. The opportunity to assist a severely injured Veteran and his family was welcomed, and they shared what the experience meant to them: “We were so honored to be a first-time participant in building one of these wonderful homes. We have a son in the military and it’s so heartening to see all the folks that support our troops and especially at times when we can give back as a community. We hope we get to participate in the near future.”
Learn more of their experiences from Vincent and Denise by clicking here.
Modernize your windows
If you haven’t made any changes to your window coverings in the past few years, you may be surprised to discover all the style innovations that have taken place, including motorized blinds, shades, and drapes, eco-friendly fabrics with unique colors and textures, faux and composite woods, and “reborn” aluminum shutters and blinds for today’s discriminating homeowners.
Update your home with all the latest fashion trends for stylish window coverings, including motorization for the ultimate convenience
Budget Blinds can help you customize all your windows with shutters, blinds, natural woven shades, cellular shades, and drapery in colors, styles and finishes for every taste and every budget. Call 866-525-8054 to schedule a free, in-home or virtual consultation or go online at www.budgetblinds.com to find a Style Consultant near you.