In January 2022, U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Brian Schiefer was officially welcomed to his R.I.S.E. specially adapted smart home in Florida. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Brian was treated to a unique virtual welcome home video from members of the Foundation and many of our partners. Thanks to the customizations made and with the help of smart home technology, Brian is once again able to perform some of the simple tasks of everyday life that most of us take for granted.
The Foundation handed Brian the iPad to his custom-designed, mortgage-free home that will restore Brian’s Independence and Support his Empowerment. We couldn’t be more honored to welcome Brian home for his service and sacrifices to our country. This home represents the love of our donors and supporters, grateful Americans, like our very own Gary Sinise, who do not forget the cost of freedom.
The Gary Sinise Foundation wishes to thank the following partners for dedicating their time, energy, and resources to the construction of Brian's home: The Marcus Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., DAV Charitable Service Trust, Semper Fi Fund, Shubert Design, Owens Corning, Nortek Control, Benjamin Moore & Co., Huber Engineered Woods, MAPEI USA, Broan-NuTone, North American Van Lines, Daltile, US LBM, Rheem Manufacturing, Harris Rebar, Encore Wire Corp, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, NWFA: National Wood Flooring Association, Natural Stone Institute, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and National Association of Home Builders.