San Diego Students Restore Home of Retired, Wheelchair-bound Marine Corps Capt. for H3 Program

San Diego college students and volunteers will carry out the sixth home restoration project as part of Embrace’s “Healing our Heroes’ Homes” program on Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14.

Online PR News – 04-July-2013 – San Diego, CA – SAN DIEGO – (July 3, 2013) – San Diego college students and volunteers will carry out the sixth home restoration project as part of Embrace’s “Healing our Heroes’ Homes” program on Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14.

The five-day effort will take place at the San Diego home of medically retired Marine Corps Captain Sarah Bettencourt. Bettencourt served with many different units across the country during the Global War on Terrorism and developed a rare neurological disorder in 2008. Despite her disability, she continued to serve in the Marine Corps as an Adjutant until significant neurological symptoms ended her military career. In 2012, Bettencourt was medically retired from the military with a 100 percent disability rating.

“The opportunity to serve another veteran who has given so much of herself to protect our nation is an honor for everyone involved. Sarah Bettencourt and her husband are wonderful people who deserve our assistance,” said Sean Sheppard, founder of Embrace.

With a focus to restore the homes of disabled veteran homeowners, H3 falls in line with Embrace’s mission to mobilize college student volunteers and community members to serve less fortunate members of civilian and veteran communities.

“When we reviewed Sarah’s application for the H3 program, and subsequently met her and her husband in person, we knew she was the perfect beneficiary for the program because of her personality and story,” said Sheppard. “Sarah is a strong, charismatic, positive individual who enjoys life and takes her disability head on. Everyone affiliated with Embrace is honored to be able to help her and her husband.”

The project for the Bettencourts’ home includes kitchen and bathroom remodeling, building ADA compliant disability ramps, widening their driveway to ADA standards, widening doorways and landscaping.

The title sponsors for this project are SDG&E, The Home Depot Foundation and Jack In The Box Foundation.

Embrace’s H3 program aims to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic service learning experience for college students, connect young adults to veteran community members in need, raise awareness of low income, disabled veterans, and increase the value and efficient use of their homes.

For more information on Embrace and the H3 program, visit www.embrace1.org/h3.

About Embrace

Founded in 2000, Embrace uses community service to bring diverse groups of people together to bring about social wellness in our society. The organization focuses on the utilization of college students and recent graduates to develop their leadership qualities and remedy community problems such as health disparities and homelessness on a volunteer basis. Founder Sean Sheppard's ultimate goal is to bring about legislation that makes community service mandatory for all college students that attend state funded institutions of higher education.

For more information on Embrace, visit www.embrace1.org.

For more information about Sheppard and his life, visit www.thegoodsheppard.tv.

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San Diego CA, 92101
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