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EMBRACE LAUNCHES 10TH HEALING OUR HEROES’ HOME REMODEL
Sundt Construction & Grainger Foundation lead sponsorship team & 100
volunteers for the home remodel of local disabled Vietnam veteran

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (November 25, 2015) – On Monday, December
7, 2105, Embrace will begin its tenth home remodel for local disabled
Vietnam veteran, Specialist Fourth Class (Army), Steven Ellenson, as
part of the Healing Our Heroes’ Home program. This milestone
remodel will include a dedication ceremony that will take place on
Tuesday, December 8 at 10:00am at the veteran’s home. San Diego
County Board Supervisor Diane Jacob will be on hand to present
a proclamation to both Embrace and Mr. Ellenson.
Steven Ellenson joined the Army in 1968 as a Military Policeman. He
was later promoted to Sp4 and assigned to Fort Mead, Maryland as
part of a riot control unit. Once the country entered into war, he
volunteered to go to Vietnam, where he served on the convoy escort
team. Ellenson suffers from permanent PTSD, making it difficult to
begin or complete necessary home projects.
“Embrace is particularly excited to serve Steven Ellenson and his wife
Judy, not only because they represent our 10 th remodel, but because
Steven is our first beneficiary to serve in Vietnam. We are eager to
work with Sundt Construction, to ensure this remodel is as impactful as
the previous nine.” Said Embrace Founder, Sean Sheppard.
Over 100 volunteer contractors and members of the community will
invest over 500 hours of labor to complete the remodel. The entire

remodel and construction will be managed and overseen by Sundt
Construction. The scope of the remodel includes major property
cleanup, central air installation, new concrete front driveway, new deck
and privacy fencing, flooring replacement, complete kitchen and
bathroom remodel, appliance replacement, re-wiring of entire house,
installation of energy efficient windows, new fencing. Materials and
labor are estimated to be worth approximately $60,000.
Presenting sponsor for this project is the Grainger Foundation and
Sundt Construction. Community Partner sponsors are SDG&E and Jack
In The Box Foundation and the Rob Benzon Foundation. In Kind
sponsor
is
the
Home
Depot
Foundation
All Embrace programs aim to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic
service learning experiences for college students, connect young
adults to veteran community members in need, raise awareness of low
income, disabled veterans and increase the value and efficient use of
their homes.
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.
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