Heroes Coming Home, a 501(c)(3), is the vision of CEO S. Douglas Friend, Jr, a 20-year Marine veteran who experienced homelessness himself. Navigating through all the various resources that offer aid to the homeless population enabled Doug to experience “the system” firsthand. Armed with this knowledge, a love for his country, and a desire to help the myriad of homeless Veterans he encountered, was the beginning of Heroes Coming Home.
Today, Heroes Coming Home is a growing organization with a Board of Directors made up of former military members, along with professionals from the community at-large with family ties and connections to the military.
Heroes Coming Home finished their first project house in September 2012, and have housed a homeless Veterans family for the last two years. The Veteran died shortly before we placed his family into the home. We partnered with the Independence School District; Deffenbaugh Industries; Val Gross Plumbing; Nuts & Bolts True Value; Home Depot; Raintree Community Church Youth Group; friends and family of the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Class 13-01 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; and a myriad of volunteers to place our first family in this home.
Construction and rehab are currently underway on our latest Heroes Coming Home, “Housing Our Heroes” project which is a duplex. Although this project has drawn a great number of volunteers who have donated their time and expertise…We still need YOUR time and expertise in completing this project. We are working on replacing and updating the: Air conditioning, Windows, doors, laminated flooring, plumbing, electrical wiring, electric panel boxes, insulation, sub-flooring, sheet rock, interior painting, Kitchen cabinets, kitchen sinks, bathroom cabinets, bathroom sinks, toilets, bath tubs, water heaters, lights, receptacles, light switches, and accessories. We’re very, very excited about being able to do prepare this home for a homeless Veteran. We’re making a dent in the homeless Veteran population, and we are doing it one unit at a time, one Veteran at a time. Because even ONE homeless Veteran is too many.
A major obstacle to self-sufficiency among the homeless is inadequate housing. Since July, Heroes Coming Home has been providing transitional housing for a Veteran and his family. Our “Transitional Housing Program” is designed to temporarily stabilize the housing needs of homeless Veterans and their families during their time of need. We believe that no Veteran should EVER be homeless, and are committed to helping those who are homeless find their way by providing safe, stable and affordable housing.
It is our hope that you will join with us at Heroes Coming Home to provide safe and adequate permanent housing for area homeless Veterans and their families. You can help grow this organization with donated goods, your time and talents, or your monetary contributions.
Heroes Coming Home…changing lives one homeless Veteran at at time…
Board of Directors
Doug began active service with the Marines in December 1977 and served for six years, achieving the rank of sergeant. In August 1983 he left active service for civilian service where he served for 14 years, achieving the rank of GM-13 while earning two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service awards, which are the equivalent to the Legion of Merit in the U.S. Military.
Mark spent over ten years in the Marine Corps as a computer programmer and a manpower analyst, which is where he and Doug met. Mark went on from the Marines to become a programmer analyst and worked as a contractor around the USA. Doug expressed his vision of Heroes Coming Home and Mark jumped on board realizing that it was time to give back for all that he had learned while in the Marines. Mark currently works as an analyst in Kansas City and is passionate about assisting veterans.
Becky returned to the private sector after two successful terms as a City Councilmember in Kansas City. She has extensive experience as a trainer and Sales Representative in the Pharmaceutical Industry. After leaving public office, she put to work her legislative experience and network of elected officials by starting Nace Consulting, LLC, a public relations, public communications, marketing, and government relations firm. She has extensive experience with issue advocacy, issue and candidate campaigns, developing targeted contact lists for clients, and data analysis. Additionally, she utilized her relationships with the business community to assist in business development, entrepreneurial ventures and business management practices.
Her most recent position is project management for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s TAA Grant for firms. As project manager, she is responsible for all aspects of the grant process for manufacturing firms competing with imports. These duties included public communication, stakeholder communication, media, and grant writing.