Smart homes improve lives of returning vets – MDJOnline.com




MARIETTA — Flooring retailer, Etowah Carpet One Floor & Home continues to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers’ Building for America’s Bravest program in its effort to build specially-adapted “smart homes” for severely-injured service members. Building for America’s Bravest was developed with the goal of offering America’s returning heroes the opportunity to live better, more independent lives.

Each “smart home” 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 “smart home” built, while partner company Mohawk Industries has provided the floors.

“In partnering with Carpet One Floor & Home, we knew that we’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,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “Their efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of many heroes over the last three years.”

Across the nation, Carpet One Floor & Home stores have come together with other local businesses to help build “smart homes” for severely-injured heroes returning home to their communities. To date, the company has provided the flooring and installation for 26 “smart homes,” with 5 currently in progress. Together with Mohawk, their 3-year commitment to the construction of “smart homes” will total $2.3 million dollars in contributions.

“Partnering with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Building for America’s Bravest program has been a privilege,” said Carpet One Floor & Home Co-CEO Howard Brodsky. “Watching 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.”

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 more than $100,000 for Tunnel to Towers’ 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.

“Supporting Building For America’s Bravest has been a gratifying experience,” said Mark Saunders of Etowah Carpet One Floor & Home. “Our 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.”

Learn more about the veterans and service members Tunnel to Towers’ Building for America’s Bravest program supports, and keep up with the latest “smart home” completions, by visiting the Carpet One Cares blog. For more information on Carpet One Floor & Home’s partnership with Tunnel to Towers and its Building for America’s Bravest program, visit CarpetOne.com/our-bravest.

Etowah Carpet One Floor & Home is a locally owned flooring retailer servicing the Marietta area. They are part of North America’s leading floor covering cooperative, which includes 1,000 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Their showroom is known for carrying a broad selection of carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs, including exclusive brands like Lees and Bigelow Stainmaster. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful Guarantee, which guarantees that the customer will be 100 percent happy with their floor. Etowah Carpet One Floor & Home is also the home of the exclusive Healthier Living Flooring Installation System.

For more information, visit westburycarpetonemarietta.com.

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, is committed to building specially-adapted “smart homes” for the most catastrophically injured U.S. service personnel. By the end of 2016, it will have totally completed, broken ground on, or be in the advanced planning stage on 56 “smart homes” located all across the country, that are specifically designed for catastrophically injured service members.

For more information, go to www.tunnel2towers.org.



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