The national nonprofit Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) will deliver its 300th specially adapted custom home with two events in September — Volunteer Day on 9/11 and Key Ceremony on 9/12.
The home will be donated to Army Sergeant Nathan Shumaker in Hillsboro, Missouri. SGT Shumaker, a Purple Heart recipient, was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan. His new home features more than 40 major special adaptations such as widened doorways for wheelchair access, a roll-in shower, and kitchen amenities that include pull-down shelving and lowered counter-tops. The home will also alleviate the mobility and safety issues associated with a traditional home, including navigating a wheelchair through narrow hallways or over thresholds, riding on carpets, or reaching for cabinets that are too high.
SGT Nathan Shumaker earned his master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University in May 2018, and he is now working on his licensure. Nathan has also returned to doing the activities he loved before his injury, especially running. After much determination and hard work, he has returned to the sport using his prosthetic and often participates in 5K races and finds the activity to be beneficial in his recovery.
Though Nathan is moving forward in his professional and personal life, the challenges he experiences in his non-accessible home present much frustration. In his current two-story home, Nathan is often forced to use crutches to navigate the stairs when his prosthetic becomes too painful. This living environment hinders him from helping his wife Missy around the home and caring for their two children. “I get really down on myself when I can’t do things independently. I know it puts a lot of stress on the family,” he says.
Regaining their independence within their adapted homes enables these Veterans to achieve amazing things. Many HFOT home recipients have accomplished incredible things like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, competing in the Paralympics, and becoming first responders. Most importantly, the homes are a place for these Veterans to safeguard themselves and their families, especially during these trying times.
Learn more about the 300th home recipient: https://www.hfotusa.org/hfots-300th-home-army-sergeant-nathan-shumaker/