TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Owens Corning will donate insulation and roofing products for 10 homes to be built by the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The program provides fully customized, specially adapted smart homes to ease the everyday burdens of severely wounded veterans and their families and caregivers.
Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program was established to provide these veterans and their families with the resources to overcome their new life challenges. The Gary Sinise Foundation is committed to helping wounded heroes increase their mobility and reclaim their self-reliance by designing and building custom homes from the ground up.
“Helping to provide safe and efficient housing is one of the primary goals of the company’s charitable giving,” said Don Rettig, community relations director, Owens Corning, and president, Owens Corning Foundation. “This partnership marries that goal with directly helping several American heroes. We are privileged to be a part of it.”
“We are honored that Owens Corning has chosen to support our R.I.S.E. program and the brave, resilient American heroes we help,” said Gary Sinise Foundation Executive Director Judith Otter. “Gary Sinise Foundation’s specially adapted smart homes are so much more than just conventional houses, and with the extra benefit of being built with the highest quality materials, they really can become our veterans’ forever homes.”
Owens Corning will invite its network of independent insulation and roofing contractors to participate in building the 10 homes, a unique opportunity for them to give back in their local communities as well.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures, and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing, and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger, and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2016 sales of $5.7 billion and employs 17,000 people in 33 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 63 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.
About Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. Learn more at www.garysinisefoundation.org/programs/rise.