Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Canton Resident Joe Recupero 12/21/13 11AM

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From: “Vicki Thomas” <vthomas@purplehearthomesusa.org>
Sent: December 12, 2013 10:32 PM
Subject: Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Canton Resident Joe Recupero
Sat. Dec. 21 AT 11:00 AM
December 12, 2013

WHO:  Purple Heart Homes Holds Welcome Home Ceremony for Joe Recupero
WHAT:  Welcome Home Ceremony for Vietnam Veteran Joe Recupero
WHEN:  Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM
WHERE:  7 Forest Lane Canton, CT
WHY:  Renovations to the home have been completed – come welcome Joe home, shower him with love and gifts and join in some holiday cheer
Purple Heart Homes will hold a “Welcome Home” Ceremony for Vietnam Veteran Joe Recupero Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM at 7 Forest Lane in Canton, CT.
Canton residents, friends and neighbors in surrounding communities are invited to join  the Welcome Home Ceremony to shower Joe with love and gifts. This will be a joyous occasion to celebrate Joe’s 63rd Birthday, the completion of the renovations and the spirit of the holiday season.
Renovations on the home located at 7 Forest Lane began Friday October 4 led by General Contractor Steve Thomas working with Sap Works Construction in Manchester, CT to make Joe’s  home safe and barrier free so he can age in place without have to consider costly alternatives.
A 300 square foot addition was added to Joe’s home that includes a handicap accessible bathroom with a roll in shower, Jacuzzi tub for therapy, energy upgrades that includes new insulation and windows,  new roof, an updated kitchen, wider doorways, ramp out the front door and moved his driveway for easier wheel chair access.
Joe Recupero suffers from severe Parkinson’s as a result of exposure to Agent Orange, a defoliant used by the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War from 1961-1971. 
The renovations to the home, made possible by a grant to Purple Heart Homes from the Home Depot Foundation  to be used for older Service Connected Disabled veterans that own their own home as well as additional contributions from individuals, donations of materials and labor from professional trades men from the area.
Join Purple Heart Homes on Saturday, December 21 at 11:00 AM.  A light lunch will be provided and those attending will be able to get a tour of the renovations that were dome to make Joe Recupero’s home handicap accessible.
Several of our volunteers gathered on October 4-5 and were aware of all the cameras.  5-hour Energy produced a video called Amazing People that featured Dale and John – Purple Heart Homes Co-founders — here is the video they produced: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=575ssR2h1xE&feature=share&list=UULAcNrfZd3Nstptyuf54OVg
And Encore.org that sponsors the Purpose Prize was also on site.  I am honored to say that I won the $100,000 Purpose Prize presented by Symetra for Future Promise.  Here is the video they produced:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8fMWXoZxmo&feature=share
We hope to see you next Saturday morning. We can’t thank our volunteers enough for being on site at Joe’s to hepl us complete this project so we can have our Welcome Home Celebration in time to truly be home for the holidays.
If you have any questions please call Marleen Figueroa at 203-981-8251 or Vicki Thomas at 203-984-2138
Vicki Thomas
Marketing and Media Relations
Phone Office:  203-454-9952