Volunteers repair war veteran's West Kendall home in appreciation for his service
November 23, 2011
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West Kendall, Florida - A U.S. veteran who served in the Vietnam War and lives in Richmond Heights in West Kendall was honored recently when more than 50 volunteers from Rebuilding Together Miami Dade, City Year Miami and Starbucks repaired his home as an appreciation for his r his lifelong devotion to serving his country and community.
The effort was made possible as part Sears’ Operation Rebuild for Heroes at Home.
Amos Jordan, 75, has spent most of his life serving his country, both overseas in Vietnam as well as in his local community. Over Veterans’ Day weekend, it was the community’s turn to serve him.
Jordan served in the United States Air Force for 26 years, working with the maintenance crews to keep fighter jets in the air. He received several decorations during his career, including the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon.
Today he lives with his granddaughter and two great grandchildren in Richmond Heights, where he is an active member of his church and local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post. Despite suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes, Jordan finds the time and energy to feed the homeless two nights a week, drives the elderly to doctor’s appointments, prepares holiday baskets for the less fortunate, and, along with fellow VFW members, delivers presentations on his service to school children.
On November 12th, a team of fifty volunteers from Starbucks, City Year Miami, and the local community joined Rebuilding Together Miami Dade to participate in Operation Rebuild for Heroes at Home, a nationwide program developed by the Sears Holding Corporation and Rebuilding Together to renovate the homes of military veterans and their families. Based on votes from Facebook members, Sears awarded the Miami Dade affiliate of Rebuilding Together a grant of over $6,000 to repaint and refurbish Jordan’s home in appreciation of his lifelong commitment to serving others.
After a mere four hours, the formerly dilapidated house looked cheerful and bright with a new coat of peach paint and a garden filled with colorful flowers. The volunteers also built a bookshelf for Jordan to display his military awards.
"It feels good" said Jordan when asked about seeing so many volunteers come together to give back to a fellow community member, "it feels very good."
Story from Miami Herald
Rebuilding Together Miami is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves homeownership by providing free rehabilitation services to the elderly, veterans, disabled and low-income homeowners. The team of Rebuilding Together Miami and Sears Holding have rehabbed fifteen veteran’s homes in Dade County since the inception of the Heroes at Home program in 2008. Visit on-line.