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50 San Diego Students Volunteer 24 Hours of Labor to Renovate
the Home of Purple Heart Marine Veteran for Embrace H3
Nonprofit Program on December 10
th
Over $30,000 worth of labor and donated or purchased materials went into the
restoration of disabled Marine Sgt. Jason Swofford’s Oceanside home


San Diego, CA (January 2
nd
, 2012) – A total of 50 San Diego College students and recent
graduates were led by various volunteer contractors devoted approximately 24 hours of
labor to restore the home of disabled Purple Heart recipient Marine Veteran, Sgt. Jason
Swofford on Saturday, December 10
th
, 2011. The ongoing mission was part of the San
Diego nonprofit, Embrace Healing Our Heroes’ Homes (H3) program. Sgt. Swofford no
longer has full usage of his right arm and suffers from mental trauma as a result of an
explosion while serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

Over $30,000 worth of labor, donated materials/supplies and purchased materials/supplies
went towards the restoration, resulting in a better quality of life for the disabled marine
veteran. Sgt. Swofford’s house now features retrofit/green windows, a remodeled kitchen
with marble countertops, garbage disposal and cast iron sink, tile backsplash, new cabinets
with new pantry for easier access for Sgt. Swofford, along with marble tile flooring in both
bathrooms, a completely remodeled shower in the master bedroom with ADA railings,
modern plumbing, and functioning electrical outlets. The exterior of the house is newly
landscaped; featuring new rain gutters installed and painted eaves.

“I can’t begin to tell you how honored we are to serve Sergeant Swofford and his family,”
said H3 Founder, Sean Sheppard (www.TheGoodSheppard.tv). “To see such a diverse
group of people come together for the purpose of helping a true American Hero is what
Healing Our Heroes’ Homes is all about. It’s what this country is all about.”

Alliance Residential Development (www.allresco.com), an Arizona-based real estate
development company, played a major role in the event, mobilizing all volunteer contractors.
“It was an awesome experience for everyone involved,” said Alliance Senior Project
Manager, Jim Frager. “ I can’t find a better purpose than giving back to our community and
military veterans.” Other key participants of the Embrace H3 program include: Triumph Tile,
Hajoca Corporation (Plumbing), Tone Framing, Scott Heyden Landscape and Grill Daddy
BBQ. Funding provided by The Leichtag Family Foundation, Grainger Foundation and
Sempra Energy Foundation.

With key investors coming to the table, Embrace plans to restore at least 24 homes in
Southern California and Arizona in 2012. With a goal to restore the homes of low-income,
disabled veteran homeowners, H3 falls in line with Embrace's mission to mobilize college
student volunteers of different background and ethnicities to serve less fortunate members
of civilian and veteran communities. Efforts like H3 demonstrate that people can work
together in harmony on a regular basis, despite our differences, for a common cause.

For more information about Embrace, the H3 Program and how you can get involved, visit
www.embrace1.org/h3.

For more information on Embrace Founder Sean Sheppard,
Visit www.TheGoodSheppard.TV


About Embrace
Embrace, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, connects universities and colleges with local
government to create a community outreach/service-learning model that utilizes college
students to remedy community problems such as health and homelessness on a volunteer
basis. His ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service
mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.
In 2007, Sean Sheppard began volunteering his time to serve homeless civilians and
veterans once a week with the San Diego Chargers and soon discovered that he had a
passion for improving the lives of the homeless population.

Visit www.embrace1.org for more information.

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