Flemington: Customized ‘smart homes’ help improve lives of returning heroes – MyCentralJersey.com
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FLEMINGTON -Ã‚Â Flooring retailerÃ‚Â The Rug Mart Carpet One Floor & Home continues to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to TowersÃ¢Â€Â™ Building for AmericaÃ¢Â€Â™s Bravest program in its effort to build specially-adapted Ã¢Â€Âœsmart homesÃ¢Â€Â for catastrophically injured service members. Building for AmericaÃ¢Â€Â™s Bravest was developed with the goal of offering AmericaÃ¢Â€Â™s returning heroes the opportunity to live better, more independent lives.
Each Ã¢Â€Âœsmart homeÃ¢Â€Â is built to be energy efficient, automated and easily accessible, with customized features to suit the needs of the individual recipient. For three years, Carpet One Floor & Home has provided the flooring installation for every Ã¢Â€Âœsmart homeÃ¢Â€Â built, while partner company Mohawk Industries has provided the floors.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIn partnering with Carpet One Floor & Home, we knew that weÃ¢Â€Â™d be supported by passionate, local business owners with the knowledge and experience necessary to produce beautiful, quality floors suited to the needs of each individual,Ã¢Â€Â saidÃ‚Â Frank Siller chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Ã¢Â€ÂœTheir efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of many heroes over the last three years.Ã¢Â€Â
Across the nation, Carpet One Floor & Home stores have come together with other local businesses to help build Ã¢Â€Âœsmart homesÃ¢Â€Â for catastrophically-injured heroes returning home to their communities. To date, the company has provided the flooring and installation for 26 Ã¢Â€Âœsmart homes,Ã¢Â€Â with fiveÃ‚Â currently in progress. Together with Mohawk, their three-year commitment to the construction of Ã¢Â€Âœsmart homesÃ¢Â€Â will total $2.3 million dollars in contributions.
Ã¢Â€ÂœPartnering with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Building for AmericaÃ¢Â€Â™s Bravest program has been a privilege,Ã¢Â€Â saidÃ‚Â Carpet One Floor & Home Co-CEO Howard Brodsky. Ã¢Â€ÂœWatching Carpet One Floor & Home stores and their local communities come together to support these worthy individuals has been one of the most rewarding endeavors our company has experienced.Ã¢Â€Â
In addition to hands-on support, the flooring retailer continues to raise funds and awareness at the local level through in-store initiatives, and at the national level through public relations and marketing efforts. Most recently, Carpet One Floor & Home participated in the 15th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk in New York City, raising over $100,000 for Tunnel to TowersÃ¢Â€Â™ mission, which is to honor and support first responders and the military.
Customers are also offered the opportunity to support the worthy cause, with donations of any denomination welcomed at local Carpet One Floor & Home stores across the nation.
Ã¢Â€ÂœSupporting Building For AmericaÃ¢Â€Â™s Bravest has been a gratifying experience,Ã¢Â€Â saidÃ‚Â Terry Ownes of The Rug Mart Carpet One Floor & Home. Ã¢Â€ÂœOur contributions are making a difference in the daily lives of our Nation’s heroes, and for us, that feels like the ultimate way to thank them for their sacrifice.Ã¢Â€Â
Learn more about the veterans and service members Tunnel to TowersÃ¢Â€Â™ Building for AmericaÃ¢Â€Â™s Bravest program supports, and keep up with the latest Ã¢Â€Âœsmart homeÃ¢Â€Â completions, by visiting the Carpet One Cares blog. For more information on Carpet One Floor & HomeÃ¢Â€Â™s partnership with Tunnel to Towers and its Building for AmericaÃ¢Â€Â™s Bravest program, visit CarpetOne.com/our-bravest.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen firefighter Stephen Siller, and best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk in New York City.
For more information visit therugmartcarpetoneflemington.com and www.tunnel2towers.org.
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