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Homes for Our Troops

 6 Main Street
 Taunton, MA 02780
[P] (508) 823-3300
[F] (508) 823-5411
[email protected]
Melanie Auger
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EIN 54-2143612

LAST UPDATED: 01/15/2017
Organization DBA HFOT, HFOT USA
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2016 to Sept 30, 2017
Projected Income $27,494,776.00
Projected Expense $27,412,644.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Building Specially Adapted Homes for Severely Injured Veterans

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to build mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post-9/11, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

Background Statement

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) was founded in 2004 to provide specially adapted housing for the most severely injured Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan by a Massachusetts home builder. Recognizing the unique housing needs for people with severe injuries, he sought out an organization where he could lend his 20 years of construction experience to benefit severely disabled Veterans, but he quickly found that no such organization existed. Since then, we have grown from a small local group of volunteers to a national organization with approximately 50 staff members.


 We are a privately funded non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping the most seriously injured Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Most of these Veterans have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis and/or severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Using more than 10 years of experience building these homes, HFOT has created a unique home design that offers 100% barrier-free living to the Veteran, giving back some of the freedom and independence they sacrificed when they were injured while serving our country. Our homes provide the Veterans security, maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.


Since our founding in 2004, HFOT has completed over 220 homes. All homes are ADA and VA compliant, with approximately 40 major special adaptations including roll-in showers with digital temperature control, roll-under counter-tops, cook tops, and sinks, and other specialized items such as lift systems, keyless door entry, and voice-activation controls dependent on the individual’s needs. Our homes are single-level, open floor plans and include back-up house generators, walkways that are easily accessible, and a master bedroom closet that is a steel reinforced concrete storm room built to FEMA standards. The homes are approximately 2,650 square feet, include four bedrooms and two baths, and are energy efficient. The average cost including land is $430,000, but can vary depending on location. These homes are provided mortgage-free to the Veteran, removing the long-term, financial burden so the Veteran and his or her family can focus on their recovery and their future.


Impact Statement

We are proud to have delivered 28 homes in Fiscal Year 2016. Our staff has worked tirelessly to grow our pool of resources to link Veterans with the services they need to help rebuild their lives. This past year we also invited 44 Veterans into our program. Our goal for Fiscal Year 2017 is to invite 32 Veterans into our program, and continue to gather resources that assist the Veterans in our program with rebuilding their lives.

Needs Statement

Homes for Our Troops’ top 5 needs:

1.    Financial Donations

2.    Corporate Sponsors/Building Partnerships

3.    Volunteers

4.    Building Materials

5.    Adequate Land 


CEO Statement

At Homes for Our Troops, every day is truly Veterans Day. We believe no other charitable organization does more to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s Veterans than ours by Building Homes and Rebuilding Lives. This is not a boastful claim we make, but one we proudly state in celebration of the caring, compassionate and patriotic volunteers, sponsors and donors - such as you - who unselfishly support our important work of helping severely injured Veterans nationwide. It is only through the financial commitment of our supporters over the years that we can build these homes. Each month we are humbled to see the number of our constituents grow, many of whom have no direct links to the military, but share the same moral obligation as we do: to restore freedom and independence to those Service Members who have sacrificed for ours. We are also grateful for you sharing our mission with others, whether it’s by bringing friends or family to an HFOT event, forwarding an email or direct link to donate on our website, or sharing one of our posts on social media. On behalf of the hundreds of Veterans and families you have helped by donating to Homes for Our Troops, I thank you for making a difference in their lives every day.

Timothy P. McHale
Major General USA, Ret.
Homes for Our Troops

Board Chair Statement

We’ve been tremendously successful these first 10 years, but this success should not be measured by numbers alone. Homes for Our Troops continues to restore freedom and independence to veterans who have sustained injuries so severe, traditional homes no longer provide them a sanctuary, but are a daily reminder of the challenges to be faced for the rest of their lives. Our mission enlightens each community, in which these homes are built, providing individuals the opportunity to “give back” to those who have sacrificed so much. It attracts skilled workers to build homes that enable our veterans to rebuild their lives. The stories that mark the past decade are too numerous to recount, but the difference made by donors, supporters, volunteers, and countless others is apparent on a daily basis. There is no shortage of milestones and miracles that have occurred during this over the last 10 years.

As we look ahead to the next decade, we realize Homes for Our Troops needs the continued, nurturing support of municipalities, corporations, foundations, and volunteers, those individuals who are able to donate or those who can simply spread the word. What will we see when we look back in 2023? That is not left only to Homes for Our Troops’ staff and Board, but to the veterans and communities that help make these houses true homes for our Heroes. With your help I know we will be just as proud in 10 years as we are today.

Richard A. Cody
General USA, Ret.
Chairman of the Board
Homes for Our Troops

Geographic Area Served


Homes for Our Troops has completed homes for severely injured veterans in 41 states. When a Veteran is accepted into our program, they let us know where they want to live; we find an acceptable lot, purchase the lot, and begin construction. We do not restrict where we build, however certain areas are challenging due to availability of acceptable parcels of land that meet all of our requirements. Visit our interactive map to see where we have built:

Organization Categories

  1. Public & Societal Benefit - Military/Veterans' Organizations
  2. Housing, Shelter -
  3. -

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Building Specially Adapted Homes for Severely Injured Veterans

Our sole program is building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans. We work with the veteran and his or her family to determine the scope of the adaptations, and the types of equipment needed. We then reach out to the local community to lend its support through raising awareness, holding fundraisers, and securing donations of money, and construction materials and labor. We manage the permitting, design, and engineering process, and oversee construction. All our homes are 100% accessible by the veteran and provided to the veteran mortgage-free, eliminating the long-term financial burden.
Budget  $30,000,000.00
Category  Housing, General/Other Barrier-Free Housing
Population Served Veterans People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities US
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term successes focus on the features of a specially adapted home. Our specialized homes go beyond ADA compliance. They feature single-level, open floor plans, roll-in showers, roll-under cook tops and sinks and other standard accessibility items. Depending on the severity of the injury suffered by the veteran, the homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Taking the burden of finding a home with these types of special adaptations off the severely injured veteran's list of "life challenges" is imperative.

Program Long-Term Success 

A specially adapted home provides a severely injured veteran with an environment specifically designed to meet the challenges of his or her disabilities. Long-term, this provides the veteran and the family with a better chance for physical and emotional recovery as well as hope for a more financially stable future. A severely injured veteran's ability to regain the personal independence and freedom lost due to injuries is critical to long-term success.

In turn, when the family begins healing from emotional trauma and stress, so too may the veteran. Consider the following quote from the wife of a severely injured veteran upon moving into their specially adapted home: "I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders when we were home last night. It’s hard to explain that feeling, but I was just able to breathe again. For the first time in 3 ½ years, I was able to go to sleep and turn off my phone, because he’s in the same house with me and just a room away."

Program Success Monitored By  For every home we build we have an after action review, where we analyze every aspect of the project. During the review we talk about what went well, and what challenges we faced for each project. We take detailed notes and make changes to our processes as needed to ensure that we will always deliver a high quality home, and use all of our resources to their maximum capacity. Several inspections are completed on each home at various stages of construction to rate quality, and ensure that all VA, ADA, and HFOT standards are being met. We measure the value of donated labor and materials. Receiving donations of labor and materials means we can stretch our monetary donations further, allowing us to build even more homes. We determine this cost using our cost tracking and accounting software. We are always looking to improve. We take feedback about our sponsor products, build process, and overall program from our home recipients into consideration as we plan for our future home builds.            
Examples of Program Success 

We measure long-term outcomes because the newly equipped home is a significant improvement in their quality of living. One measurement would be the amount of personal home care/assistance was required before the new adapted home was available.  many of our veterans are able to live independently because of the features in their home. Another metric would be how improved their finances are after receiving the home and not having to pay rent or a mortgage. We measure several factors to demonstrate how we helped improve a person’s life. For example, we look at the number of Veterans that have started and/or finished a college degree program, the number of years they have been a successful homeowner, their ability to start or expand their family, their successes in new business ventures or careers, and other quality of life changes they have accomplished since living in their specially adapted home. Our veteran's amazing journeys are a testament to our success. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

America has been at war since 2001. During that time, two million of our nation's sons and daughters have answered the call of duty. Nearly 6,000 have been killed and over 41,000 have suffered physical injuries. Some have suffered injuries so severe that they must rely on others for care, losing much of their independence.
During Veterans Day Week 2010, Homes for Our Troops presented specially adapted homes to five severely injured veterans in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, and Alabama. We also launched the 100 More…...Homes for Our Troops campaign to accommodate a backlog of 50+ severely injured veterans awaiting specially adapted homes. (Estimates of the total need for specially adapted homes is 1,900). With America's support, Homes for Our Troops can build specially adapted homes for all of them.


CEO/Executive Director General Timothy P. McHale USA, Ret
CEO Term Start Feb 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Major General USA, Ret. Timothy P. McHale was born and raised in Minnesota. In May 1977 he completed his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University Collegeville, Minnesota as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps.
During his 35 years of service, he has commanded both aviation and logistics units of every echelon from platoon to theater support command, with duty in Germany, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the United States.
Major General McHale held several key staff positions on the Department of the Army Staff, The Joint Staff, US Forces Korea, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and US Forces Afghanistan.
He holds Master’s Degrees in Management from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a former National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Major General McHale has been married to his wife Janice for over 32 years and they have two sons, Casey who is a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division and Riley who is attending Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

Co-CEO William D. Ivey
Co-CEO Term Start Jan 2014
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Originally from Minnesota, Bill Ivey is a retired Infantryman who served 31 years in the U. S. Army. Assignments included Fort Benning Georgia, Fort Bragg North Carolina, Hawaii, Korea, Japan, and Iraq. He had the opportunity to command units from platoon through brigade, serve as an observer/controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center, and serve on several joint and Army staffs, including chief of staff of Eighth Army in Korea and a deputy task force commander in Iraq. Following his retirement from the Army in 2006, he joined the Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, a unique unit that combined retired senior NCOs and officers with senior active duty personnel to embed with units in Iraq and Afghanistan, identify problems, develop solutions, and disseminate those solutions to units preparing to deploy. His seven years as an operational advisor with that unit took him back to Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Bill joined Homes For Our Troops as its executive director in January, 2014, and is honored to have this opportunity to join the Homes For Our Troops Team in its important mission of returning freedom and independence to our Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our American freedoms.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
SMA Kenneth O. Preston USA, Ret Feb 2012 Feb 2013
Mr. John S. Gonsalves Feb 2004 Feb 2012

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Cindy Baptiste Director of Finance --
Kristi Galanek Director of Marketing --
Beth Lyons Director of Development --
Chris Mitchell Director of Corporate and Community Engagement --
Isabel Pais Director of IT Services --
Cheryl Wick Director of Office Management --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Community Service Award National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies 2008
Homes built in each presidential convention city Credit Union National Association / 2008 Democratic and Republican Presidential Conventions 2008
DAR Medal of Honor to John Gonsalves, president and founder Daughters of the American Revolution 2007
Medal for Exceptional Public Service Office of the Secretary of Defense 2007
Newman's Own Award Newman's Own Award 2006


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --



CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 48
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 10,000
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: --
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: --
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair General Richard A. Cody
Board Chair Company Affiliation L-3 Communications
Board Chair Term Oct 2011 - Oct 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
General John R Allen Retired Voting
Ms. Valerie Lynn Baldwin US House of Representatives Voting
General Richard A. Cody Senior VP L-3 Communications Voting
Mr. Gerald W. Howard National Association of Home Builders Voting
Sgt. Adam Kisielewski Homes for Our Troops, home recipient Voting
Major General (USA, R) Timothy P. McHale President, Director Voting
SMA Kenneth O. Preston President Voting
General Robert W. RisCassi Retired Voting
Dr. Joseph G. San Miguel Professor Emeritus Naval PostGraduate School Voting
COL Michelle Yarborough Cypress International Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2016 to Sept 30, 2017
Projected Income $27,494,776.00
Projected Expense $27,412,644.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

2008 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $21,379,749 $17,651,491 $16,332,412
Total Expenses $21,348,441 $21,092,807 $21,335,410

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $20,493,302 $16,817,699 $15,547,081
Indirect Public Support $248,173 $249,734 $371,748
Earned Revenue -- $15,501 $19,126
Investment Income, Net of Losses $140,501 $109,798 $78,108
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $483,388 $458,759 $316,349
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $14,385 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $18,728,328 $18,855,335 $19,597,012
Administration Expense $1,438,902 $1,096,349 $871,344
Fundraising Expense $1,181,211 $1,141,123 $867,054
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.00 0.84 0.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 89% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 7% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $22,225,781 $25,052,725 $30,618,033
Current Assets $8,836,889 $13,896,749 $17,811,481
Long-Term Liabilities $6,906,703 $9,606,000 $11,478,000
Current Liabilities $794,714 $774,227 $1,064,976
Total Net Assets $14,524,364 $14,672,498 $18,075,057

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 11.12 17.95 16.72

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 31% 38% 37%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakdown was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

It is our goal to ensure that all severely injured veterans that meet our qualifications will be appropriately housed by HFOT or another organization. If we accomplish this mission, we can expand our scope to continue serving severely injured veterans in other ways or expand our eligibility requirements.


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Following the completion of all home builds and other events (community outreach, fundraising, marketing, etc.), we conduct an after action review to evaluate each step and make changes as needed. We understand that change is necessary for growth but consistency is vital in carrying out our mission efficiently. The after action reviews identify what went well, what needs improvement, how we improve, and who is responsible for implementing the changes. Maximizing donations of labor and materials for each home we build allows us to stretch our monetary donations further, enabling us to build even more homes. We monitor cost, time, and quality and compare to our standards for home building, we also establish annual and quarterly revenue goals, and compare results with objectives.

Because of the relationships we maintain with our home recipients, we can evaluate the impact the HFOT home is making on their lives. Last year, we have established an initiative, “HFOT by the numbers”, to better monitor the effectiveness and success of our program. By surveying and recording all of the information based on the Veterans’ before and after experiences with our program, we can compile statistics with respect to their families, education, and careers, and will use this information to strengthen our program as we grow.

The true impact of our mission is best defined by the individual success stories of each of our home recipients. We measure several factors to identify how we helped improve a Veteran’s life. For example, we look at the number of Veterans who have started and/or finished a college degree program, the number of years they have been a successful homeowner, their ability to start or expand their family, their successes in new business ventures or careers, how long they remain in the home, and other quality of life changes they have accomplished since living in their specially adapted home.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?