I recently had the pleasure of meeting Richard at his home of 28 years.  Richard served in the US Army for 30 years.  Richard was trained as a combat medic and achieved the highest rank of Sargent First Class, or senior non-commissioned officer.  He also received the Meritorious Service Medal presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves for outstanding achievement or service to the United States.  Richard enjoyed interacting with military families and “liked to help them ease into military life.”

In addition to his long military career, Richard was educated in Psychology, studied at Howard University, was trained as a Hypnotherapist and is currently certified to administer Reflexology.  There is a spiritual quality to Richard’s desire to help people deal with the stresses of everyday life.

Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Richard is a huge Philadelphia Eagles football fan and was “thrilled beyond belief” when they won the Super Bowl last year.

Richard’s home is comfortable and welcoming, but there were several repairs that needed to be done and Habitat responded by matching a priority list of critical repairs with available funding.

Funding from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) covered weatherization services including CO Monitors, Insulation, and a programmable thermostat.  Habitat was able to secure help from the Home Depot Foundation RepairCorps program for veterans that provided funding to replace the roof, a rear door,  the tile floor in the kitchen, a bathroom window, and to make repairs to walls.

Habitat was honored to be able to make a difference in the life of someone who served his country with distinction.

Thank you for your service Richard!

For more information about Habitat’s Repair & Weatherization Program, contact Rebecca Arce, Repair Client Coordinator at Rebecca.Arce@HabitatMM.org or 301-990-0014×19.

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