Contractors and Johnson Controls Support Building Homes for Heroes

Sutfin Mechanical and KAL Heating & Cooling has partnered with other local contractors and Building Homes for Heroes to host welcome home ceremonies in Illinois for two military veterans. USMC Corporal Collin Dunne and Navy Petty Officer Ryan Shannon both received mortgage-free homes from Building Homes for Heroes. Dunne will reside in Plainfield, Ill., and Shannon will live in Lake in the Hills, Ill. Throughout their service, Dunne and Shannon suffered many injuries that have impacted their mobility. These injuries require specific modifications to their homes in order to live safely and focus on their recovery. 

To support these veterans, Johnson Controls donated YORK heating and cooling systems with Wi-Fi capable YORK touch-screen thermostats to better assist them with adjusting their home’s temperature without the need to get up. Sutfin Mechanical and KAL Heating & Cooling donated the HVAC installation services for the veterans’ new homes.

“Having the support of companies like Johnson Controls, Sutfin Mechanical and KAL Heating & Cooling gives us the opportunity to honor injured veterans with a mortgage-free home,” says Chad Gottlieb, director of construction development, Building Homes for Heroes. “The customized amenities companies like Johnson Controls are able to bring to these homes allows veterans to live their lives in greater comfort and dignity.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide.

“There is no greater honor than giving back to the veterans that have sacrificed for our country. We are proud to provide Corporal Collin Dunne with a comfortable environment in his new home and the ability to adjust his thermostat remotely to accommodate his limited mobility,” says Frank L. Sutfin, Jr., president, Sutfin Mechanical. 

The YORK brand of Johnson Controls has been a proud sponsor of Building Homes for Heroes since 2014. The company has been recognized by US Veterans Magazine as a veteran-friendly company. Johnson Controls is also committed to hiring veterans and military spouses. Veteran employees are honored to design, engineer and assemble systems that help improve the lives of fellow veterans. 

Building Homes for Heroes invites anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the organization to contact Building Homes for Heroes at [email protected].  

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