Homes 4 Families hosted its first Celebs4Vets Build at the Veteran Enriched Neighborhood in Santa Clarita on Saturday, with more than 35 celebrities picking up hammers and saws to raise a home.
A Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, Homes 4 Families empowers low-income veterans and their families to enter the middle class by providing them with affordable housing and holistic services that build resiliency, self-sufficiency and economic growth.
Celebs4Vets is a membership-based group comprised of representatives of the entertainment industry who subscribe to the Homes 4 Families mission and lend their support by participating in H4F activities, events and programs.
The Celebs4Vets Build provided members with the opportunity to help build one of the remaining 18 of 78 homes for low-income veterans and their families in Santa Clarita before H4F moves on to build another 56 veteran homes in Palmdale.
Celebrities were divided into teams (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC), and the teams each rolled up their sleeves to spend the day framing their own portions of a house while also calling upon their fans to sponsor their team’s efforts. The build teams were highlighted by groups from “Lethal Weapon,” “Speechless,” “SEAL Team” and “The Brave,” among others, representing their networks.
“We’re thrilled to bring individuals from the entertainment industry together to collaborate on volunteer efforts that we are all extremely passionate about,” said Donna Deutchman, Homes 4 Families president and CEO. “This build will be a special day for the veteran community as we literally raise the roof on a new home.”
The teams are organized as follows:
ABC Build Team
* Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) – Captain
* John Ross Bowie (Speechless)
* Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless)
* Derek Theler (New Warriors)
* Peyton Meyer (American Housewife)
* Dermot Mulroney (Shameless)
* Sean Maguire (Once Upon a Time)
* Kevin Conroy (Batman animated)
* Rachel Kimsey (Wonder Woman animated)
* Rebecca Mader (Once Upon a Time)
CBS Build Team
* Judd Lormand (SEAL Team) – Captain
* Neil Brown Jr. (SEAL Team)Toni Trucks (SEAL Team)
* Justin Melnick (SEAL Team)
* Benjamin Hollingsworth (Code Black)
* Phillip P. Keene (Major Crimes)
* Reid Miller (Play By Play)
* Amarr M. Wooten (Knight Squad)
* Jessy Hodges (Hindsight)
NBC Build Team
* Natacha Karam (The Brave) – Captain
* Mykelti Williamson (Chicago PD)
* Sofia Pernas (The Brave)
* Tate Ellington (The Brave)
* Anne Heche (The Brave)
* Jessica Meraz (Major Crimes)
* Rod Man (Last Comic Standing)
* Emery Kelly (Alexa and Katie)
* Noah Mills (The Brave)
To donate and support the build for your favorite team or individual celebrity, [click here] by April 10.
About Homes 4 Families
Homes 4 Families empowers low-income veterans and their families to enter the middle class through affordable, full-equity homeownership and sustainable housing combined with holistic services that build resiliency, self-sufficiency and economic growth. Through its outcome-proven Enriched Neighborhood model, the nonprofit provides servicemen, servicewomen and their families with comprehensive wraparound services that equip them to succeed in civilian life, including financial education, therapeutic workshops, trauma-informed programs and veteran-to-veteran support. With more than ten years of research-backed experience and success, Homes 4 Families works closely with the California Department of Veterans Affairs and others to build permanent, thriving veteran communities.
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