LAFAYETTE, Ga., — May 22, 2015 — Injured U.S. Veteran Jason Smith will be enjoying a new home this Memorial Day, complete with a full suite of appliances from GE. The company partnered with Steps 2 Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young adults who have lost their mobility due to a traumatic event, to give the wounded local hero a fresh start.
On July 25, 2012, Smith lost both legs to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while serving in Afghanistan and was unable to continue serving in the Army. He is now fighting a new battle to regain his health, learn to walk again and create a new future. As he heads back to school to learn skills to begin a new career, Steps 2 Hope and local partners like GE Appliances worked to provide Smith and his family a mortgage-free home.
“Thanks to the wonderful appliances provided by GE and the special placement in our kitchen, I have full access which allows me to easily prepare meals for my daughter while my wife is at work,” said Smith. “Accessibility equals independence for people like me. Thanks to the generosity of GE, my life just became so much more simple.”
GE Volunteer Network volunteers from Roper Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Appliances base in LaFayette, Ga., and Louisville helped Steps 2 Hope build the new home, in Ringgold, Georgia, in early May. The volunteers worked to install all new GE appliances and assisted in the finishing stages of the home build.
“Giving back to the local community is important to GE Appliances and Roper Corporation, and we were glad to have the opportunity to help someone who has sacrificed so much for our country,” said Keith Green, quality leader at Roper Corporation. “Partnering with Steps 2 Hope to give Jason a new home was a rewarding experience and a small way to show our support for veterans by giving back to a very deserving individual.”
The donated appliances, valued at nearly $11,000, included:
- GE Profile™ Series Countertop Microwave Oven with Trim Kit
- Monogram® Double-Drawer Refrigerator Module
- GE Profile™ Series Slide-In Double Oven Electric Convection Range
- GE Profile™ Series ENERGY STAR® French Door Refrigerator
- GE® ENERGY STAR® RightHeight™ Design Front Load Washer
- GE® RightHeight™ Design Front-Load Electric Dryer with Steam
For more information on the GE Volunteers Network, visit gesustainability.com/enabling-progress/ge-volunteers. For more information on Steps 2 Hope, visit steps2hope.com.
About GE Appliances
GE Appliances is at the forefront of building innovative, energy-efficient appliances that improve people’s lives. GE Appliances’ products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water filtration systems and water heaters. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information on GE Appliances, visit www.ge.com/appliances.
About Steps 2 Hope
Steps 2 Hope is a faith-based foundation committed to honoring Christ by helping young adults who are faced with life-changing loss of mobility from traumatic events. Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Steps 2 Hope undertakes projects that provide accessibility and as normal a lifestyle as possible for those who’ve lost limbs. For more information, visit: www.Steps2Hope.com, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @Steps2Hope.