About Valor Home
Valor Home of Summit County is a thirty bed, transitional facility providing housing, income, job training, education, counseling, and financial planning. A similar Valor Home facility is located in Lorain County just west of Cleveland Ohio. They are two of six homes throughout the Northern Ohio area that are run by Family & Community Services Inc., the largest and most comprehensive homeless veteran program in the State of Ohio. The homes are partially funded through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of these veterans are disabled and in need of wheelchair accessible living arrangements and transportation. The homes are guided by caring individuals concerned with meeting the needs of homeless veterans and staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The focus of the Valor Home is on the veteran’s self-improvement and self-sufficiency. Program participants and staff workers cooperatively develop a plan to get the veterans back on track.
Yesterday afternoon, at The MobilityWorks of Akron headquarters, The MobilityWorks Foundation presented Valor Home of Summit and Lorain Counties with two Ford E-250 full-size commercial vans to help with transporting the veterans to doctor’s appointments, job interviews, support group meetings, social events and other destinations. On hand to present the keys to Valor Home was Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks President/CEO, Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, Mike Sweeney, Billy Soule, Akron Deputy Mayor of Community Relations, and Matt Slater, Director of Veterans Services for Family & Community Services Inc.
MobilityWorks Commercial Ford E-250 Extended Vans
The vans were produced by MobilityWorks Commercial, with additional donations being made by The Braun Corporation, Q’Straint and Graphic Accents. The conversions included Braun Century wheelchair lifts, a “Smart Floor” system by MobilityWorks, executive-style raised roofs, retractable tie-downs, running boards, safety equipment and folding wheelchair storage systems. These were top-of-line full-size van conversions designed for multiple able-bodied and wheelchair passengers.
Helping Veterans and Ending Veteran Homelessness
We were proud to play a part in helping Valor Home and our veterans with the help of the Foundation, Mike Sweeney (our Akron Tangier fund raising event coordinator) and Mike “Mad Dog” Adams who helped to bring the Put-In-Bay entertainers to Akron Ohio. We need to end the cycle of homelessness so that our brave veterans can obtain an independent and productive lifestyle. Learn more about Valor Home here.