Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade and the Miami Heat Team Up on Veterans Day 2015

For Immediate Release

November 25, 2015

MIAMI, November 25, 2015 ‐ Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade and the Miami Heat partnered up this year for a day of service on Veterans Day to honor the sacrifices of two veteran homeowners: Mr. Horace Coley and Mr. John Williams of Liberty City.

Horace Coley served for six years from 2001-2007 with the United States Navy as a ship-tracker monitoring the movement of ships across the globe. John Williams served in the Korean War from 1950-1953 as a Private First Class.

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade was awarded $33,350.00 for the rehabilitation of the two homes. Rebuilding Together Miami used funds for the purchase of necessary materials and other supplies, while the Miami Heat provided a pool of 40+ volunteers. The work included exterior and interior painting, bathroom modifications, septic tank replacement, landscaping, new kitchen replacement, new flooring, drywall revamps, among other services. In total there were nearly 70 volunteers which included several members of the armed forces that gave back to Mr. Coley and Mr. Williams.

Miami Heat and Rebuilding Together
Ex-Miami Heat players Alonso Mourning and Glen Rice also paid each homeowner a visit along with former coach and current part-owner of the team, Pat Riley.

The objective of Rebuilding Together Miami's rehab work is to provide a safe, dry and healthy house for lowincome homeowners so they may remain in their homes. Each year Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade rehabs 40 to 50 homes donating approximately $700,000 of market value work to the community. Rebuilding Together Miami- Dade is excited to have the support of Bank of America to meet the organization's goals.

About Rebuilding Together Miami

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free rehabilitation services to low-income, elderly, veterans and disabled homeowners. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of volunteers, the organization donates approximately $750,000 in market value each year by focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency and safety concerns. The organization is part of a network of more than 180 affiliates and is the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.

About Miami Heat Charitable Foundation:

Home Strong

Established in 2006, Home Strong is an ongoing program that salutes and honors the courageous men and women in uniform for their dedication to the United States Armed Forces. Pat Riley and the Miami HEAT created this initiative as a means of demonstrating support and paying tribute to our soldiers and veterans. The program is currently working and planning to further assist with the unmet needs of military personnel and their families who have returned back from Iraq and Afghanistan and reside in the South Florida area.

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Contact:
Alexander Rosales
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
americorps.rtmiami@gmail.com
Office: 305-200-5711

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