Home customized for wheelchair/universal access
Troy, Michigan, (March 8, 2011) –Disabled U.S. National Guard and Army veteran, Waldemar Alameda, accepted the keys to a brand new home located in Tampa Bay, Fla. today.
The home donation served as thanks to Alameda for his service to his country. A partnership between volunteer organizations and business that includes Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, Champion Home Builders, Inc., NextGen Home Experience, and Sears Holdings Corporation Heroes at Home built the house and made the donation. "It was a long, long ride through all the years to get our dream house," said Alameda.
Champion Home Builders built the 2,800 square foot modular home at their Lake City, Fla. manufacturing facility. “We are proud to provide this home to the Alameda family who, like many other servicemen and servicewomen’s families, have sacrificed greatly for our country,” said Jack Lawless, CEO of Champion Home Builders, Inc. Alameda served with distinction in multiple tours of Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. However, in 2007, he was severely injured by an IED explosion while serving in Tikrit, Iraq. He now suffers from severe leg and back pain, and while he can walk short distances, he uses a wheelchair most of the time.
“Knowing that the home will be donated to a courageous Veteran makes this a special and rewarding project for our team,” added Stephen Simms, General Manager of the Lake City operation.
The Alameda home has been customized for his needs. “Life hasn't been easy," his wife Wanda Alameda says. "It changed 180 degrees when he got injured. Now he depends on me for everything. This house will help so much."
The home has wider hallways and door openings for wheelchair access as well as lifts and specialized chairs to help Alameda access all parts of the house and use a specially designed kitchen. “When I designed the plan, I was aware of Mr. Alameda’s condition and wanted to create a home that was not only beautiful, but fully functional for the entire Alameda family,” said Roberto Kritzer, Vice President of Design for Champion Home Builders.
After moving from Kansas to Tampa for treatment, the Alameda family, his wife, Wanda, and children Waldie, 13 and Maria, 11, can now really call the city “home.”
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Troy, Michigan-based Champion Enterprises Holdings, LLC is a leader in factory-built construction which through its operating subsidiaries manufactures products at 27 facilities in North America and the United Kingdom and distributes its products through independent retailers, builders and developers. The Champion family of builders produces manufactured and modular homes, as well as modular buildings for government and commercial applications. Genesis is Champion’s national brand for modular homes sold to builders. Champion also markets modular homes to builders under the New Era and Carolina Building Systems brands. For more information, please visit
About Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay is a nonprofit organization that provides home repair services to low income families, the elderly, military veterans and their families, and persons with disabilities in the Tampa Bay Area. The focus of Rebuilding Together’s work is to make homes safer, healthier and more energy efficient for their owners. Rebuilding Together provides an array of home rehabilitation services including emergency services, home repairs, home improvements or modifications, weather-proofing and barrier removal. For more information, please visit Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay at www.rttb.org.
About Sears Holdings Corporation Heroes at HomeSM
Heroes at Home is a program Sears Holdings has created in partnership with Rebuilding Together in response to an urgent need to assist military families facing hardship. Rebuilding Together, the nation’s largest all-volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements. By providing necessary repairs or adaptations to homes, Sears Holdings strives to improve the lives of military families across America.
About the NextGen Home Experience
The NextGen Home Experience is produced by iShow.com®, located in Bellevue, WA. For nine years, the NextGen Home Experience® has been the place to find the "Next” in Next Generation products and services for the American Home at major trade events, online at www.nextgenhome.com, and in print and on television. The NextGen Home was built by our builder partner Champion Home Builders, Inc.’s manufacturing facility located in Lake City, Florida, which is one of 26 manufacturing facilities in North America and the United Kingdom.