Sears' Heroes at Home Program Announces Spring Projects with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.

Sears' Heroes at Home Program, Rebuilding Together Miami Start Renovations this spring for the Military Community.

For Immediate Release

May 4, 2012

Miami, FL – Heroes at Home, a program created through the collaboration of Sears Holdings Corporation and Rebuilding Together, announced the beginning of their spring 2012 Heroes at Home projects. Heroes at Home projects are key initiatives for Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership, and strive to improve the lives of the military and their families through extensive home rehabilitations.

Rebuilding Together Miami assisted a veteran in the Cutler Bay area of South Florida. Mr. Knight served in the United State Navy from 1967 to 1969, and was honorably discharged from the service in 1973. Today, Friday May 4, 2012 was the completion date for Mr. Knight’s home in which 37 volunteers from Rebuilding Together, Sears, the Coast Guard, and Johnson & Wales University contributed their efforts. These volunteers were in charge of exterior painting and yard cleanup for the Knight house, while the major repairs, including a new roof, renovating two bathrooms, and ADA accessibility modifications occurred in the weeks prior to the service day.

As the volunteers were putting the finishing touches on the house, Mr. Knight said, "Bless you. The house is beautiful; thank you all for coming out." Rhina Rubio, Southland Sears store manager was thrilled with the turnout of 22 Sears employees, some of whom are repeat Heroes at Home volunteers. The Knight house is the twentieth home that Rebuilding Together Miami has completed under the Sears Heroes at Home initiative.

"Heroes at Home is not only a program, but an opportunity for us to serve our fellow veterans and address their critical housing needs, which are quite common throughout military households," said Gary A. Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Our work with Sears allows us to engage with the veteran community and rehabilitate their homes to livable conditions based on their needs. This spring, we continue to impact an increasing amount of lives through the Heroes at Home program."

Heroes at Home projects are scheduled to be completed in more than 80 cities across the country. The projects include renovations for veterans who are unable to live in their current home conditions, due to injuries or obstacles that threaten their avenue to a safe and accessible home.

To date, Sears Holdings has raised over $15 million for Heroes at Home through a nationwide in-store fund-raising campaign. This is one of the hundreds of projects made possible by these donations. Rebuilding Together has completed over 1,100 projects for veteran homeowners across the country. The success of this program is only expected to rise as more projects are completed.

About Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.

Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing rehabilitation services free of charge to those in need. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of hundreds of skilled and unskilled volunteers, Rebuilding Together Miami refurbishes 30 to 40 homes a year. By focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency and elder home safety concerns, Rebuilding Together Miami provides low-income elderly and disabled homeowners with the ability to live safely, independently and with dignity. Approximately $250,000 to $300,000 in market value of work is donated to the community annually. In 2011, Rebuilding Together Miami completed 32 projects utilizing 380 volunteers and donating $225,000 of market value work to the community. The Miami affiliate provides year-round services to the community. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing extensive rehabilitation and modification services to those in need at no cost to those served. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America’s largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners and the communities in which they live by completing 10,000 projects per year. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to, energy efficiency, veteran’s housing, aging in place and gulf coast reconstruction.

For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org. You can also follow Rebuilding Together on Twitter @rebldgtogthr or become a fan on Facebook at Facebook.com/RebuildingTogether. Media Contact: BCarter@rebuildingtogether.org (202) 518-3500.

About Sears Holdings

Sears Holdings Corporation is the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with approximately 3,900 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Sears Holdings is the 2010 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year. Key proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has the Country Living collection, which is offered by Sears and Kmart. We are the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 12 million service calls made annually. Sears Holdings Corporation operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation. For more information, visit Sears Holdings' website at www.searsholdings.com

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Contact:
Donna Fales, Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.
dfales.rtmiami@bellsouth.net
(305) 665-1146 x213
(786) 290-7877

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