Sergeant Adam Kisielewski, a local Marine, recently received keys to his brand new home thanks to the help of Homes for Our Troops, dozens of volunteers and local businesses.
After losing his left arm and right leg in a 2005 explosion in Fallujah, Iraq, Adam came back to a three-story home with narrow doorways, making it difficult to get around. Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit organization that provides homes to injured war veterans, soon initiated this project. Hundreds of volunteers and hundreds of thousands in donated supplies and furnishings helped build Adam a wheel-chair accessible home that features an open layout, wheel-chair friendly bathroom, push button doors and cubbies for his prosthetic limbs. Aireco donated a complete Frigidaire high efficiency HVAC system, in addition to $2,384 that resulted from a fundraising campaign they conducted in the month of May.
Hundreds of veterans and volunteers celebrated the unveiling of Adam’s new home on July 16th, “Never in a million years would have expected to have all these people out here in support of me,” he said. Homes for Our Troops founder and President John Gonsalves led a 45-minute ceremony before turning the keys over to the family. Adam and his family were overcome with gratitude, “this home means so much to me, you guys will never know.”
Since 2004, Homes for Our Troops has committed to providing barrier-free homes to 100 military families and are hoping to build 100 more in the next three years.