Helping Our Heroes: Local Veteran Organization Needs Your Vote

As we near election day, one local veteran organization is also looking for your vote. "Rebuilding Together Houston" is a group that repairs veteran's homes is in a tight four way race for $25,000 dollars.

You may not be all that familiar with Rebuilding Together Houston, but they’ve been working on homes in the Houston area for thirty years. Over that time, they have repaired more than 6,000 homes.

Jennifer Touchet is with Rebuilding Together Houston. She says these homes belong to people who really need the help.

“Our organization provides home repair services to low income, elderly, disabled and veteran home owners and victims of disaster.”

The $25,000 dollars up for grabs in this contest is coming from The Home Depot Foundation. A foundation which earlier this year invested $30,000,000 dollars in helping veterans nationwide. But Touchet says it wasn’t enough.

“We just heard last month that they spent the money even more quickly than they planned and they’ve refilled the foundation funds with $50,000,000 for veterans.”

This month the foundation has selected Rebuilding Together Houston and three other national veteran organizations to vie for the $25,000 dollar prize. If Houston wins, they get entered into an even bigger draw for $250,000 dollars.

The only problem Touchet says is right now Houston is trailing, but they are in second place.

“So we have one chance and it’s really important. We’re the only Texas organization in the competition right now, and we really hope our whole city will get behind us and vote because we have the second largest population of veterans.”

With even just the $25,000 dollars, Touchet estimates reaching 25 to 30 veterans. Click here to vote.

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Edel Howlin

Producer, Houston Matters

Edel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend...