Texas Sentinels Foundation

Texas Sentinels Foundation, Bank of America, Centerpoint Energy among donors

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Jesse Medina (right) poses with his wife Megan and son, Aiden, in front of their new debt-free home.

Marine Corporal Jesse Medina and his family were officially presented the keys to a crisply remodeled, debt-free home in Spring, TX on Friday, May 17, by the Texas Sentinels Foundation and a number of community partners.

Cpl. Medina was severely wounded in Afghanistan when he was blown up by an IED on Christmas Day, 2011.

Texas Sentinels Foundation Executive Officer Susie Barlow began the presentation by thanking the many neighbors, vendors and community members for their contributions. Following the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance led by a quartet of Marines in dress uniform, she then introduced the Foundation’s co-founders, Richard & Jeanne Filip.

“About seven years ago Jeanne and I began hearing all the stories of soldiers returning from combat and not getting as much help as they deserved and that inspiration has grown into what we’re seeing today.” Richard said, “We are just the catalyst; the real work is done by the people surrounding you in this audience and others like them in your community who have picked up this idea and have caused it to snowball.”

Filip noted the essential contributions of great community partners, sponsors, and introduced the project team leaders for the Medina home project, Jacci Kilgore and Carol Knott, both from RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring. The top producing Realtors each thanked a number of local building service and materials providers who participated in the Medina home refurbishment.

This marks the 2nd effort partnering with community businesses that Ms. Kilgore and Ms. Knott have successfully undertaken. At the conclusion of their remarks, Knott quipped, “Now we’re ready for #3.”

The Medinas were originally surprised with the news of a new home when Bank of America’s Community Revitalization Program provided the deed to a previously foreclosed house in partnership with the Texas Sentinels’ contributors.

Among those critical players in refurbishing the home were the participating dealers (Generator Power Systems, Generator Supercenter, Quality Generators, Personalized Power Systems) in CenterPoint Energy’s Standby Generator Program, who installed the first of three automatic natural gas whole-house generators at the Medina’s home, insuring they are never without power as the result of an electrical outage.

The Texas Sentinels Foundation’s administrative cost from raising and donating over $1.2 million dollars in 2011 was only 3%. This means that an impressive 97% of every dollar contributed directly supports soldiers rehabilitation, education, residence or other critical component of life.

To make a donation, or for more information, visit www.texassentinels.org.

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