This year has been an exhilarating and rewarding one for A-1 Moving & Storage. We were recently awarded the Milt Hill Quality award for the fourth year in a row and we are quite thankful for all of the support and everyone that helped us on that front! In our 45+ years in business, we at A-1 Moving & Storage have never lost sight of the importance of giving back to our community.
Recently, we collaborated with the charity, Building Homes for Heroes,on the first of what will hopefully be a series of joint community outreach projects. Since 2006, Building Homes for Heroes has committed itself to changing lives and supporting the brave men and women who’ve served our country with pride. They build and renovate homes and gift them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. This non-profit organization is completely voluntary, their reward is restoring freedom and financial stability to the lives of veterans and helping them live more independent and productive lives.
A-1 Moving & Storage and Building Homes for Heroes collaborated recently to move US Marine Corps Sergeant Brian Lowe into his new home in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Sergeant Lowe joined the military in May 2008 and completed a tour in Afghanistan. After his return, at age 31, he was diagnosed with terminal throat and tongue cancer. An operation in 2014 left him cancer-free for a year, but in 2016 the cancer returned, this time more aggressive than before. After a bout of painful and unsuccessful treatment, he made the decision to have his tongue and voice box removed leaving him unable to speak. For his service to our country, Sergeant Lowe has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, NATO Operation Enduring Freedom Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
At the unveiling of their new home, Brian’s wife, Viviana read a letter written by Brian to the family, friends and neighbors gathered there. In his letter, he said that the new home gives him another reason to keep fighting. "This is the first day of a new life for us really,” said Viviana on his behalf. It is these types of heartwarming outcomes that fuel our desire to give back to those in need. It was a truly humbling and heartfelt experience to give thanks in our way during this past Veterans Day & Thanksgiving holiday period and see the Lowe’s granted a new lease on life and an opportunity for future stability and happiness.
To date, Building Homes for Heroes has given homes to more than 100 veterans and their families across the nation. The organization gifted 17 homes in 2013, 23 homes in 2014, 28 in 2015, 29 in 2016, and has the high hopes of gifting as many as 33 homes in 2017, equal to one home every 11 days. We eagerly look forward to doing our part in future partnerships with them to help them achieve their goal and to continue to be of service to our veterans and our community.