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Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes Program To Begin
Remodeling the Home of 100% Disabled
Navy Veteran Mark Shumaker
Dixieline, North Shore Construction, SDG&E & QBE Foundation, Among Sponsors

SAN DIEGO – (September 1, 2015) – Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes
program will carry out the 9th home remodel after the Labor Day Weekend. The
remodel will occur from Tuesday, September 8 through Saturday, September 12
from 8:30am-3:30pm each day. College students and Jack In The Box Brand
Ambassadors will comprise the 50-100 volunteers needed to complete the
remodel. The mission will take place at the Lemon Grove, CA home of retired,
100% disabled Navy 2nd Class Petty Officer, who served in the Persian Gulf war
and completed 5 deployments during his military career. Shumaker, now 42
years old, has a 100% disability rating from the V.A., suffers with bipolar disorder,
and considers his only family his service dog named Mac.
The mission for Shumaker’s home includes electrical wiring upgrade, window
replacement for energy conservation, landscaping, the demolition and
replacement of concrete, new wooden fencing around the property for security
and privacy, new security door, canine door installation, plumbing upgrade,
bathroom vanity remodel.
Labor and materials are estimated to be
approximately $20,000.
“Mark is a unique and deserving beneficiary on a number of levels,” said Sean
Sheppard, Founder of Embrace. He is a veteran who has served this country
selflessly and has incurred disabilities as a result of that service that can and
can’t be seen by the naked eye. We are honored to provide him with a greater
sense of security and safety as a result of this remodel.”
A native of Waldorf, Maryland, Petty Officer Shumaker attended Linton Hall
Military School in Bristow, Virginia. Upon graduation, he attended Oak Hill, a
prestigious Southern Baptist boarding school before moving to Florida to join the
Navy. Petty Officer Shumaker served on the USS Nicholson DD982 and the
USS Kitty Hawk Carrier CV-63. His duties included boat operations, radar and
information technology. He was awarded a total of 16 medals including several
for excellent service to the Navy. His physical and mental disabilities as a result

of his service have made life extremely challenging. He regularly attends DBSA
(Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) meetings.

With a focus to restore the homes of disabled veteran homeowners, H3 falls in
line with Embrace’s mission to mobilize college student volunteers and
community members to serve less fortunate members of civilian and veteran
Sponsors for this mission include the San Diego Gas & Electric, QBE
Foundation, Jack In The Box Foundation, Dixieline, North Shore Construction
Co., National Electrical Contractors Association, International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers Local 569, The Mike Whitmarsh Foundation, Scott Heyden
Landscaping, Greenfield Fencing and the Rob Benzon Foundation.
All Embrace programs aim to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic service learning
experience 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
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For more information about Sheppard and his life, visit