Boosting morale and motivating veterans to stay off the streets is the ultimate goal of the foundation. Ecker spent over two decades in the United States Marine Corps and believes that these heroes deserve to be cared for, considering their service to this country. “I learned these folks were being placed into housing with nothing. They were given the keys to a place with four walls without the basic comforts of a home,” says Rick. “I wanted to change that.”
This donation is part of our Allen & Allen Cares: Helping our Heroes initiative. We’ve honored hundreds of Hometown Heroes over the years, and many are tied to admirable charities. Our firm chooses a top-of-mind issue, and donates $1000 to charities with a similar focus, honoring our Hometown Heroes in the process.
“No one can understand what we do unless you go with us on a mission, and watch the change in that person when we start unloading and making an empty house a home. They’ve suffered loss in their life and in our small way, we are able to give something back to them,” says Ecker.