This past Memorial Day weekend, over two dozen employees and family members representing SRS Distribution and our Raise the Roof Foundation attended the Dallas Carry The Load opening ceremony and Memorial March on behalf of the 22Kill Tribe. Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation's heroes - military, veterans, first responders and their families. Team SRS was honored, humbled and proud to participate in this event to help Carry The Load in their mission in bringing all Americans together to honor our nation's heroes every day.
CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to severe abuse or neglect. CASA trains volunteer advocates to improve these children's quality of life and serve as the children's voice within the court system to ensure that they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home. In 2018, CASA (Courts Appointed Special Advocates) served almost 600 children. CASA's ultimate goal is to decrease the amount of time a child spends in foster care, prevent re-abuse by the system designed to protect them and most importantly, aim to break the cycle of abuse. SRS Raise the Roof Foundation is proud to support CASA of Collin County not only financially but through our SRS employee volunteerism commitment as well.
Lifting spirits of wounded warriors during periods of hospitalization or rehabilitation by uniting them with their family members is the mission of partner agency Luke's Wings. Families are flown free of charge to join their veterans so they can help with the physical and emotional healing needed to assist in their recovery. They also provide flights to families of veterans on hospice care to bring them together during that painful, yet precious time. On April 27th, SRS Raise the Roof Foundation is again honored to be part of Luke's Wings annual Heroes Gala in Washington DC and meet the families of these wounded warriors we serve. Because of the generosity of our donors, we will be able to help Luke's Wings provide more than 700 free flights again this year to reunite veterans and their families.
In the wake of recent tornadoes and massive flooding across several parts of the country, the devastating effects of natural disasters and beginning of the spring storm season are once again at the forefront of the daily news. Minuteman Disaster Response seeks to address and assist disaster relief efforts, especially for more rural communities in the South Central U.S.. Minuteman offers well-trained, well-equipped teams to support every phase of disaster relief and recover, including search and rescue, emergency medical operations and communications, disaster scene management and debris cleanup. In 2018, Minuteman provided the equivalent of 438 days to assist over 6500 individuals in four locations with disaster support services. SRS Raise the Roof Foundation is proud to partner with Minuteman Disaster Response and honored to serve as the Incident Command sponsor for their 2019 Lamplighter Gala on March 30th.
This Memorial Day, SRS Raise the Roof Foundation along with our SRS Distribution family and friends are honored to support veteran and first responder programs through the Carry The Load Dallas Memorial March. Funds raised through Carry the Load go directly to veteran service organizations that provide healing services for the mind, body and soul of our warriors. As proud partners of the 22Kill Tribe, this year SRS and Raise the Roof Foundation will be joining the 22Kill Carry the Load Team as our way of creating the largest possible financial impact to ensure and sustain their programs.
SRS Raise the Roof Foundation was honored to be the entertainment sponsor and support local charity partner The Samaritan Inn at their gala on February 16, 2019. The Samaritan Inn offers hope to the homeless and a pathway that helps willing people gain dignity and independence to transition out of homelessness. The Samaritan Inn is more than just a place to spend the night. Their comprehensive program teaches self-sufficiency and life skills to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Any night, approximately 160 people sleep at the Inn, of which 1 out of 3 are children. In 2018, the Inn served 766 residents, including almost 200 children. In our mission to support families and children in crisis, the Raise the Roof and SRS team not only contributes to the Inn but hosts an annual volunteer donation drive for household goods and other needs. We are proud to help raise awareness and support the important work of The Samaritan Inn.
We cannot say THANK YOU! enough to everyone who came out to support the SRS Raise the Roof Foundation at this year's charity concert. A great time was had by all at the Wildhorse Saloon on February 12th during the International Roofing Expo in Nashville. This was our largest concert yet, raising over $175,000 to support our mission to help veterans and military families! Special thanks to Jacob Schick of charity partner 22Kill for sharing his incredible story and how his organization is working to address veteran suicide and related issues. Jake's moving testimony brought the crowd to their feet, and featured artists Leith Lolftin, Turnpike Troubadours and Lee Brice brought the house down. We are deeply grateful to all of our generous customers, suppliers and other friends who helped record support for 22Kill and our other worthy causes!
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