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McCarthy Building Companies Inc, SDG&E, Home Depot Foundation & The Jack In The Box Foundation contribute $85,000 of funding, labor and materials to the restoration of Paralyzed Navy Commander Brian DeLaney's Home
SAN DIEGO, CA. - (March 10, 2014) - Embrace's Healing Our Heroes' Homes program (H3) changed another disabled member of the military's life during its 7th restoration project. A total of 150 college students and 30 volunteer contractors restored the home of paralyzed U.S. Navy Commander Brian DeLaney in October/November 2013. "The opportunity to serve Commander DeLaney, who has given so much of himself to serve our nation was a special from A to Z," said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard. "Our volunteers, who ranged from college students to active military, were in rare form for this remodel. They were outstanding." A total of $85,000 worth of labor, donated materials/supplies and purchased materials/supplies went toward the restoration, resulting in a better quality of life and increased independence for DeLaney, who is paralyzed from the armpits down as the result of a motorcycle accident. Commander DeLaney's home is now a wheelchair-accessible property (inside and out) and features landscaping in the back and front yards, a wheelchair accessible side yard, completely remodeled ADA compliant kitchen with new appliances, remodeled master bedroom with a new roll-in shower, 1400 square feet of new tile in the dining room, kitchen, family room and master bedroom, underground sprinkler system, and interior painting. The entrance to his home and bedroom is now all one level, eliminating the need for wheelchair ramps.

Mission #7 - Navy Commander Brian DeLaney - Embrace1.org/H3 video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKLq3A2ucXE

"To have people that I don't know come in to help me....it's just overwhelming. It's amazing to know that people would do this for me is unbelievable, said DeLaney. "When I came home from the hospital I was like, this isn't easy anymore, and now with all this help and remodeling, a lot of those things are now easy again. This has been an unbelievable blessing." The Home Depot Foundation provided $12,000 of materials; the Weingart Foundation provided a $25,000 grant; McCarthy Building donated cash, labor and oversaw the plethora of licensed contractors which included; California Sheet Metal, Berg Electric, A.O. Reed & Co., Performance Contracting Inc., Premier Tile and Marble, Pecoraro Inc., Penhall Company, Seeley Brothers, Tower Glass Inc. and Williams and Sons Masonry Inc., Consentino Group donated countertops. Valley Crest Landscape Development provided landscaping services. 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 on H3, to donate and how you can get involved, visitwww.Embrace1.org/H3. For more information on Embrace Founder Sean Sheppard, Visit www.TheGoodSheppard.TV. About Embrace Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a

volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education. For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org ###