The national construction charity organization, AGC Charities Inc, will provide financial support for a Chicago-area effort designed to provide safe housing for troubled veterans. The group will provide $5,000 to support Hope for Tomorrow’s renovation of a home designed to house veterans in need of substance abuse treatment.
“We feel a fundamental obligation to take care of our returning service men and women,” said James C. Clemens, the chair of AGC Charities Inc. “The last thing these brave men and women should lack is a clean bed and a sturdy roof.”
Clemens noted that the charitable organization’s contribution would be used by Fox Valley Associated General Contractors (FVAGC). The local contractors group is partnering with Hope for Tomorrow, to line up construction firms and labor groups to rebuild the master staircase in a home originally built in 1927 on Lake Street in Aurora, Ill. Hope for Tomorrow will host veterans with emotional and substance abuse issues.
Fox Valley AGC President Mark Baum said, “Addressing the needs of our country’s heroes is a true honor. FVAGC member employees are as passionate about building better communities as they are about construction. Our military helps ensure our country’s many freedoms and by volunteering we give back a small token of our gratitude for their service.”
In addition to providing financial support to construction-related charitable efforts across the country, AGC Charities operates its own renovation project called Operation Opening Doors. That program recruits construction firms willing to donate their time and services to renovate facilities for disabled veterans, sick children and others in need.
AGC Charities Inc. also runs the AGC in the Community Awards program, which honors construction firms and chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America for outstanding charitable efforts, Clemens added.