Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment
The simple tasks of every everyday life -- climbing stairs, reaching a high shelf, driving to the grocery store -- are easy to take for granted. Because they're done without a second thought, it's impossible to imagine an inability to perform them. But that's often the reaity for our severely wounded heroes, where basic tasks are impossible obstacles and the enduring ambition of rehabilitation is to acheive a semblance of normalcy.
R.I.S.E. was established to provide wounded heroes and their families with the necessary resources to overcome their new life challenges. Whether providing home modifications, adapted vehicles, wheelchairs/trackchairs or constructing custom Smart Homes, the Gary Sinise Foundation is committed to helping our wounded heroes increase their mobility and reclaim their self-reliance.
Under R.I.S.E., the Gary Sinise Foundation is building custom Smart Homes for our nation's most severely wounded heroes. Both through our own efforts and through our Building for America's Bravest partner program with Tunnel to Towers Foundation, we're constructing these one-of-a-kind homes all across the country, each for a wounded hero, their caregivers and family. With a place to truly call home, they can move forward with their lives.
Through the generosity of the American people and working alongside trusted partners and local contractors, the Gary Sinise Foundation builds 100% mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for the nation’s most severely wounded military service members and first responders. Since the Gary Sinise Foundation was established in June 2011, its R.I.S.E. program has built more than 60 specially adapted smart homes around the country for military veterans and first responders. Each mortgage-free home is built and designed with integrated technology that addresses the various needs of each recipient. The Foundation also provides home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging veterans and first responders.
Read more about the R.I.S.E. program here