America Sides with Veterans
When Corporal Josh Himan and Army Reservist Jay Briseno came home from military service oversees, they needed homes that could accommodate wheelchairs, among other needs from sustained injuries in the War in Afghanistan and the War in Iraq, respectively.
The northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing teamed up with Azalea Charities, the Quality of Life Foundation and VSI to provide a wheelchair accessible addition to Himan’s home, and construction on a new home for Briseno began in May 2011. Both of these homes were sided with certified vinyl siding provided by Mitten, Inc., a VSI manufacturer member.
Read more about Jay Briseno’s story and home.
VSI Participates in Third Annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build
VSI participated in the third annual Millard Fuller Legacy Build October 17 – 21 in Minden, La. VSI manufacturer members provided vinyl siding certified through the VSI Product Certification Program and VSI Certified Trainers educated volunteers on proper vinyl siding installation for new homes for deserving families in the Legacy Acres subdivision of Minden.
Eight homes were newly constructed and several rehabilitated in memory of the late Millard Fuller, founder of the Fuller Center for Housing and co-founder of Habitat for Humanity.
“VSI was very excited to help continue Millard’s mission of building quality housing for those in need by participating in this year’s build,” said Jery Y. Huntley, VSI President & CEO, and one of the volunteers. “The VSI Certified Trainers on site showed volunteers proper vinyl siding installation techniques. These techniques will help ensure that the siding lasts and remains beautiful for years to come.”
“It’was an incredible week,” said Charlie Park, who leads the Fuller Center for Housing of Webster Parish and headed up the third annual Legacy Build. For VSI members, it also was the continuation of years of commitment to the Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity builds.
Since the Fuller Center for Housing was founded in 2005, VSI members have donated vinyl siding, and training in support of Mr. Fuller’s mission. The vinyl siding certified through the VSI Product Certification Program is independently verified to meet or exceed the industry standard for performance; each Certified Trainer has completed a “train the trainer” course and passed an examination on his/her training skills and knowledge of the proper installation techniques.
“As Millard always said, you can put vinyl siding on a house and drive by 10 years later, and it still looks as good as the day you installed it,” said Linda Fuller Degelmann.
Read more about the 2011 Millard Fuller Legacy Build.