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Volunteers needed at Homes For Our Troops event

FALLBROOK – The national nonprofit organization Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) kicked off the building of a specially adapted home for Marine Lance Corporal Erik Galvan in May. The public is now invited to a Volunteer Day on Friday, Sept. 22 to help landscape LCpl Galvan's future specially adapted custom home.

Registration for the Volunteer Day begins at 7:30 a.m. with work beginning at 8:00. The home is at 1767 Avenida de Nog. Volunteers are asked to RSVP at and bring garden gloves. They will receive an HFOT T-shirt and lunch. This event will be hosted outdoors under a tent (rain or shine) so volunteers should dress accordingly.

The home built for LCpl Galvan, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2011, features more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered countertops.

The home also alleviates the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, or reaching for cabinets that are too high. The community event sponsor for this home build is First Nation Group.

All are also invited to The Key Ceremony for LCpl Galvan when he and his wife will be presented with the keys to his new home, Sunday, Sept. 24. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with a start time at 1:00. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to tour the home.

Volunteers are needed for both events. For more information, contact Krystina Goroshko at [email protected] or call 774-226-5173 (call or text).

HFOT has built 355 homes since the organization's inception in 2004; its mission is to build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-911 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.

HFOT relies on contributions from donors, supporters, and corporate partners for the building of each veteran's home. Community members may hold fundraisers or make donations. To find out more on how to get involved or make a donation, visit or call 866-787-6677.

Submitted by Homes For Our Troops.


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