Repairing Homes and Hearts of Homebound, Senior Veterans in Central Maryland Since 2019
Baltimore, MD, March 3, 2021 – Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM) is proud to announce that it has received a grant from Meals on Wheels America and The Home Depot Foundation through their joint initiative – Helping Homebound Heroes – to help expand its home modification and repair program and ensure its veteran clients are living in safe and healthy homes. Nationwide, the Helping Homebound Heroes partnership initiative has helped select Meals on Wheels programs improve the homes and lives of 1,593 homebound veterans and their families since 2015 by funding home repairs.
Stephanie Archer-Smith, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland says of the grant, “We are pleased to receive this generous grant. It will make a profound impact on our veteran neighbors, whose courageous service to our nation and people deserves our respect and gratitude. It is truly an honor to now help them live safely in their homes.”
Through this partnership, The Home Depot Foundation has contributed more than $11 million and countless volunteer hours from Team Depot – The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force – to work alongside programs like MOWCM on a wide range of home repair projects, such as adding grab bars and repairing trip and fall hazards to cleaning up unsafe yard waste and constructing wheelchair ramps.
“The Home Depot Foundation has been a long-standing and generous partner of ours in providing home safety solutions for homebound veterans to continue aging in their own homes with dignity and comfort,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Through home modifications and repairs, we are able to give independence to those who have given so much to us, and we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland’s effort to do just that, thanks to ongoing support from The Home Depot Foundation.”
Support from The Home Depot Foundation has become a critical component of MOWCM’s home repair program, which began in Baltimore City in 2015 and has grown to serve hundreds of homeowners throughout Central Maryland.
About Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, Inc.
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (MOWCM) is a nonprofit organization whose work enables homebound aging and disabled adults to remain living safely and independently in their own homes. Their dedicated staff and volunteers prepared and delivered more than 2,500,000 nutritious meals from March 2020 to January 2021 to homebound seniors in Central Maryland. But MOWCM is More than a mealTM—they also provide grocery shopping, health and wellness programs and other support services to help clients maintain independence, reduce social isolation, and remain healthy at home. To learn more, visit www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $350 million in support of veterans in need and improved more than 48,000 veteran homes and facilities in more than 4,500 cities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025.
To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation, visit HomeDepotFoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @HomeDepotFound and on Facebook + Instagram @HomeDepotFoundation.
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.