Stewart Title Guaranty Company Joins Forces with HelpingaHero.org and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition® to Provide Home for Wounded Veteran
Stewart’s Community of Sharing™ Program Supporting HelpingaHero.org exceeds donation goals with the help of Stewart’s title agency network
HOUSTON, TX (Mar. 14, 2012) – Stewart Title Guaranty Company announced the successful completion of a partnership with HelpingaHero.org and ABC television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EM:HE) to build a custom home for a wounded US Army veteran, and assisted in helping the charity’s goal of raising more than $1.1 million for additional homebuilding projects to benefit injured military personnel and their families.
Through Stewart’s philanthropic program, Community of Sharing, more than 1,900 associates of Stewart Title Guaranty Company’s independent agencies participated to raise more than $42,000, exceeding Stewart’s $35,000 donation goal, to help make home ownership possible for one wounded veteran, Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris, USA (Ret.).
As part of its contribution to the effort, Stewart Title also coordinated a mortgage payoff and clear title for Harris’ previous home. In addition, HelpingaHero.org and EMHE hosted a VIP fundraiser, which raised more than $1.1 million. Funds will be used to pay off the mortgage on the Harris family’s new dream home and support 10 additional homebuilding projects to be undertaken by HelpingaHero.org this year. The project will be featured next December as one of four special holiday episodes that will conclude the successful television series.
“Stewart Title is proud to have worked side-by-side with our network of independent title agencies, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and HelpingaHero.org to help support our wounded veterans who have given so much to this country,” said George Houghton, Stewart’s group president, agency operations. “It’s always rewarding to help families get into their adapted dream homes, and it was especially so in this case as evidenced by the tremendous outpouring of support from our independent agencies who were inspired by this hero.”
Harris, a third generation Army veteran, was severely injured in Iraq when an explosive device hit his truck and burned more than 40 percent of his body. Even after numerous surgeries and an extensive recovery time, Harris continues to have issues with regulating his body temperature and breathing that were difficult to contend with in the mobile home he shared with his wife and children. His new home, which will be revealed to viewers in December, features an air filtration and conditioning system which will help ease his health challenges due to his extensive burns.
About Community of Sharing
The Community of Sharing program gives aid to communities and causes that support home ownership, promote good will, and build a "community of giving back" within Stewart associates, offices and network of agencies across the United States. The partnership with HelpingaHero.org will continue to help building homes for veterans wounded defending our country.
HelpingaHero.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization providing support for military personnel, severely injured in the war on terror. HelpingaHero.org’s principal activity is to provide specially adapted homes for qualifying service members as well as engaging the community to provide services and resources for our wounded heroes and their families. To date, 61 homes have been awarded in 15 states. More information can be found at http://www.helpingahero.org.
Stewart Title Guaranty Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-focused, global title insurance and real estate services company offering products and services through our direct operations, network of approved agencies and other companies within the Stewart family. Stewart provides these services to homebuyers and sellers; residential and commercial real estate professionals; mortgage lenders and servicers; title agencies and real estate attorneys; home builders; and United States and foreign governments. Stewart also provides loan origination and servicing support; loan review services; loss mitigation; REO asset management; home and personal insurance services; tax-deferred exchanges; and technology to streamline the real estate process. Offering personalized service, industry expertise and customized solutions for virtually any type of real estate transaction, Stewart is the preferred real estate services provider. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com/news.