When Army Specialist Andrew Smith was handed the keys to his newly-built home on July 4th, he walked over the threshold on two prosthetic legs. That’s because Smith is learning to walk again after losing both legs on his first duty patrol in Afghanistan in March of 2012.
Thanks to the Steps2Hope non-profit organization, a large number of generous supporters, volunteers, and donated products, Smith and his wife Tori are moving into their one-level fully-accessible home in Chattanooga, Tenn. To help turn this dream home into reality, Simonton Windows donated 20 of the company’s energy-efficient Simonton ProFinish® Contractor series windows for the new home.
“This is the first project for Steps2Hope and we really couldn’t have completed it successfully without the support of caring companies like Simonton,” says Mark Wilson, founder Steps2Hope. “Having ENERGY STAR® qualified, low-maintenance vinyl windows in this home will help make life easier for Andrew and Tori.
“At 26 years old, Andrew has sacrificed a great deal for our freedoms by serving our country. Everyone who has donated time, talents and products to this house project are to be commended for recognizing Andrew’s service to our country and for helping to make his future just a bit brighter.”
The accessible design of the Smith’s home includes a roll-up kitchen, exercise room and storm shelter based in the utility room. Steps2Hope is a non-profit organization that assists young adults that have become immobilized due to traumatic events. The group works toward supporting the individual with solutions for their specific needs. For more information, visit www.steps2hope.com.