The Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS® (GKAR) and Michigan REALTORS® Who Care, in partnership with Lowe’s Heroes and the Cpl. Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation, are proud to announce that Scott Randolph, Vietnam Veteran of Kalamazoo will be home in time for Christmas!
"We met Scott during GKAR's 2015 Day of Service for Veterans. At that time, he had been placed in an assisted living facility because it was unsafe for him to remain in his home. Scott's wife Darlene had been working with the VA to secure a grant to pay for the repairs necessary to make their home safe for Scott," says Robin Pompey, GKAR CEO, "When we met, they'd learned that the VA grant would only pay for a portion of the repair bill and they still needed a seemingly insurmountable amount to complete the work, to bring Scott home. Their need was dire and our goal was clear."
GKAR began working diligently with the VA regarding Scott's grant. To raise the remaining funds not covered by the grant, GKAR partnered with local organizations like Lowe's and Willis Law, and Members of GKAR formed the non-profit housing organization, MI REALTORS® Who Care. Operation Bring Scott Home was underway. Together, they hosted several fundraising events. In July of 2016, they achieved their goal and work began on Scott and Darlene's home in August.
GKAR, MI REALTORS® Who Care, Lowe's, and Willis Law are all proud to see Scott return to his home and invite everyone who helped make Scott's return home possible to a Welcome Home Ceremony on December 22nd, 2016, at 1:00 pm. Please contact AngelaM@gkar.com for more details.
Nominate a veteran in your life for the 2017 REALTOR® Day of Service for Veterans in October:
- Veteran must be the home-owner.
- Home must be an owner-occupied, single-family residence.
- Home must be in the county of Allegan, Barry, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, or Van Buren.
- Nominations are being accepted now.
- Self-nominations are accepted.
- Go to GKAR.com, see Day of Service for Veterans.
The Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS® is a regional organization working toward the advancement of the real estate community in the greater Kalamazoo area. Its members care deeply about the communities they serve, and each year this REALTOR® Association devotes its time to charitable projects it believes will make a positive impact in the community.