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By Jim Knotts, President & CEO

I think most people would accept that an office doesn’t define an organization. People make an organization what it is. While the paint has just dried on the walls in our new San Antonio office, I can’t help but reflect on the deeper significance of what the recent move means for the growth of our organization, the reach of our impact for those we serve, and the manner in which our staff carries out its vital mission with such tremendous dedication on a daily basis.

We’ve been fortunate thanks to the generosity of the American public and very gracious corporate partners and donors to transcend from humble beginnings as a spouse support network shortly after the 9/11 attacks, to a full service nonprofit that received donations from 1,800 individuals, corporations and foundations in 2013. The best part of course, is that our success is directly transferred to those who have worn and still wear the uniform of our country.

We would not be where we are today without the dedication of our community, our supporters, and our incredible staff. You are the reason we can make a difference in the lives of our military and veteran families.

We would not be where we are today without the dedication of our community, our supporters, and our incredible staff. You are the reason we can make a difference in the lives of our military and veteran families.

Paramount to the success we’ve enjoyed is the sacred trust we hold with donors thanks to a constant focus on carefully managing costs, so that 93 cents of every dollar goes to programs that benefit military families, veterans and wounded warriors. As we studied the need to move from our old office to a bigger space, the numbers told the tale. In just two years, we’ve grown from 33 to 125 staff; we’ve gone from offering no mortgage-free homes to veterans – to receiving more than 400 homes from our bank partners; and last year alone we more than doubled our emergency assistance grants for those military families in times of crisis. We’ve centralized and consolidated our operations in the name of efficiency with the majority of our housing caseworkers and emergency assistance social workers based in San Antonio for redundancy and knowledge sharing, and we’ve been able to increase the number of states we serve through our field offices from 27 to 45, thanks to strong coordination and volunteer support.

So while an office move across town isn’t exactly the stuff of headlines, I couldn’t be more proud of the team at Operation Homefront and what our staff has been able to accomplish in such a very short time. For those of you who know us well – it shouldn’t be surprising that we closed the office door of the old space on a Friday and welcomed everyone to the new office on Monday. It required a team effort to make it seamless, most importantly without skipping a beat for those clients we serve.

If you find yourself in San Antonio, please drop by and see us, we’d love to show you around. Please take note of our new address:

1355 Central Parkway S

Ste. 100

San Antonio, TX 78232

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We’d love you to stop by and learn more about our mission and how you can get involved.

Whether you’re a donor, a client, or just follow this blog, thanks for your interest in Operation Homefront and our mission. It’s an honor to lead an organization and a group of people so committed to making a substantive difference in the lives of families who sacrifice so much for all of us. Learn more or find out how you can join us in our mission.

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HOTH_home_CallForEntriesAlbanyGAThrough our Homes on the Homefront program, mortgage-free homes, like this one in Albany, GA, are currently open for application. We also currently have open homes in CA, CT, FL, IL, MD and TX. While we don’t know when homes will open in  a particular state, if you are eligible and fill out an application, you will be notified via email when new homes open for application. Find out more at www.homesonthehomefront.org.

In addition, three of the homes come to us from our friends at Meritage Homes who have renewed their partnership with Operation Homefront to provide three more brand new Meritage homes to the Homes on the Homefront program.

Meritage Homes plans to build and donate a home in each of the following three Meritage communities: Winter Springs, Florida; Lincoln, California; and Houston, Texas. Find out more about our amazing partnership and how to apply.

In order to qualify for the Homes on the Homefront Program, the following requirements must be met:

— Must have an honorable discharge if a Veteran. This includes dual Military/Veteran couples; each Military Veteran must have an honorable discharge in order to qualify for the program.

— Cannot be a current home owner or mortgage holder. This includes any household member that would be residing in the home.

— Cannot have a felony criminal conviction. This includes all adult household members that would  reside in the home.

— Must have supporting documentation such as proof of income, VA paperwork, DD214 (member 2, 4, 7 or 8), Military ID and or government issued picture ID in order to process your application.

— If you or a member of your immediate family (parents, spouse etc.) are employed by Chase, Wells Fargo, or Bank of America you may not be eligible for homes donated by that banking institution, and we ask for full disclosure of the employment in that case.

And stay tuned… for the first time, we’ll have a residence in the Aloha State very soon!

 

 

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