We are Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. We are strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious injuries since September 11, 2001. It is our duty and our honor to assist severely injured Veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.
Note: An eligible Veteran or service member may receive a Veterans Administration Specially Adapted Housing Grant up to a maximum amount of $64,960. Homes for Our Troops’ assistance covers all costs over and above this grant to ensure that the home is provided at no cost to the recipient.
Charity Navigator has reviewed Homes for Our Troops' finances and awarded us with its highest rating of 4 stars for each of the last four years. HFOT is one of the highest rated veterans/military charities rated by Charity Navigator. Click here to read more about our high rating on Charity Navigator.
Charity Navigator analyzes a charity's finances in areas such as percent of funds spent directly on programs, overhead costs and other important factors that measure if a charity is prudently managing the funds entrusted to it by its donors.
Homes for Our Troops received a score of 69.15 out of a possible 70 points - a grade of 98.5%.
Charity Watch has included Homes for Our Troops in their "Top-Rated Veterans & Military Charities" listing. Only 8 of the 46 Veterans charities rated by Charity Watch are included in the Top-Rated Category.
Because of their stringent review process, Charity Watch is described as "the pit bull of watchdogs" by the New York Times. Newsweek said "It's the toughest of the bunch. Because it disregards certain, potentially suspect, expenses and donations, it fails some nonprofits that the other raters approve."
BBB Wise Giving Alliance
The BBB Wise Giving Alliance reviews a charity using 20 criteria that cover governance, effectiveness, finance and fundraising. HFOT meets all 20 criteria.
Board of Directors
General USA, Ret. Richard A. Cody* - Board Chair
General USA, Ret. Richard A. Cody was born in Montpelier Vermont. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on 6 June 1972 with a BS. He is a graduate of the Transportation Corps Officer Basic and Advance Course, the Army’s Aviation Maintenance Test Pilot School, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He is a master Army Aviator, rated in over 19 Helicopters and has over 5000 of flight time.
During his 36+ years of service, General Cody served in six of the Army’s combat divisions, the 25th Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the 24th Infantry Division (MECH), the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 1st Cavalry Division and the 4th Infantry Division (MECH). General Cody’s command time includes Company Commander, E Company, 24th Aviation Battalion; Company Commander, B Company, 229th Attack Helicopter Battalion; Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment (AH-64); Commander, 4th Brigade (Avn) 1st Cavalry Division; Commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; and Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Ky.
General Cody held several key staff positions to include Assistant Division Commander, 4th Infantry Division (MECH); Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Hawk in Albania; Director of Operations, Plans and Mobilization, Department of the Army; Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Department of the Army; and he served as the 31st Vice Chief of Staff, Army from June 2004 to August 2008.
General Cody currently is a Corporate VP for L-3 Communications, Inc. He is also a Board Trustee of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, on the Advisory Board for Hope for the Warriors, a Trustee of NOBLIS, the National Chairman for Homes for Our Troops and is in the Army Aviation Hall of Fame.
General Cody is married to the former Vicki Lynn Heavner and they have two sons, Clint and Tyler, who are active duty Army Helicopter pilots who have several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jennifer Freitas* - Treasurer
Jennifer Freitas joined our board in 2006. She served six years in the United States Army Reserves, as an operating room technician with the 399th Combat Support Hospital. Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She currently works at a public accounting firm, Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, LLP, as a manager.
"Being a part of Homes for Our Troops allows me to give something back to all individuals of the military and I'm proud to be a part of such a great organization."
SMA (USA, Ret) Ken Preston* - Director
Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston served as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army from January15, 2004 to March 1, 2011. He retires as the longest serving Sergeant Major of the Army with more than seven years in the position.
As Sergeant Major of the Army, Preston served as the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on all Soldier and Family related matters, particularly areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devoted the majority of his time in this position to traveling throughout the Army serving as a force provider overseeing Soldier and unit training, manning and equipping challenges, and talking to Soldiers and their Families to understand their personal hardships and challenges. Preston is a native of Mount Savage, Md. He entered the Army on June 30, 1975. He attended Basic Training and Armor Advanced Individual Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Throughout his 36-year career, he served in every enlisted leadership position from cavalry scout and tank commander to his final position as Sergeant Major of the Army. Other assignments he held as a command sergeant major were with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; 3rd "Grey Wolf" Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division; 1st Armored Division in Bad Kreuznach, Germany; and V Corps in Heidelberg, Germany.
His most recent assignment prior to serving as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army was as the command sergeant major for Combined Joint Task Force 7 serving in Baghdad, Iraq.
His military education includes the Basic Noncommissioned Officer's Course, Advanced Noncommissioned Officer's Course, First Sergeant's Course, M1/M1A1 Tank Master Gunner Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officer's Course, and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. Preston holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Trident University International.
His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, four Army Meritorious Service Medals, one Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, eleven Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense ribbons, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCOES Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, five Overseas Ribbons, the NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Department of the Army Staff Badge.
Major General USA, Ret. Timothy P. McHale –
President and Director
Major General USA, Ret. Timothy P. McHale was born and raised in Minnesota. In May 1977 he completed his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University Collegeville, Minnesota as a Distinguished Military Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Transportation Corps.
During his 35 years of service, he has commanded both aviation and logistics units of every echelon from platoon to theater support command, with duty in Germany, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the United States.
Major General McHale held several key staff positions on the Department of the Army Staff, The Joint Staff, US Forces Korea, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and US Forces Afghanistan.
He holds Master’s Degrees in Management from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a former National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Major General McHale has been married to his wife Janice for over 28 years and they have two sons, Casey who is attending Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, Pennsylvania and Riley who is attending Saint Louis Catholic School in Alexandria, Virginia.
He is currently the President of Homes for Our Troops (HFOT), a national non-profit organization assisting severely injured Veterans who spend all or part of their daily lives confined to a wheelchair. HFOT provides these veterans and their family at no cost, a high quality barrier free home by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinates the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
Paul Keane* - Director
Paul Keane joined our board in 2010 after several years of being involved with Homes For Our Troops in a volunteer capacity. Paul is a former member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and holds a degree in Law Enforcement. He is the president of the Bryan Company, a promotional marketing company based in Lexington, MA and Jackson, NH.
"I am humbled and honored to be a part of such a great organization. Homes For Our Troops is more than lumber, drywall and roofing, it’s also about blood, sweat and tears….shed by our veterans on behalf of our nation and our nation of volunteers on behalf of our injured veterans."
Linda K. Sherman* - Director
Linda K. Sherman joined our board in 2011. She is a partner in the Tax Practice Group at the Boston law firm WilmerHale, specializing in Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits. Linda represents a broad range of clients on all matters involving employee benefits and executive compensation plans and individual agreements. She also brings extensive experience advising non-profit corporations and trusts on a broad range of issues, including organizational or structural matters, compliance with applicable tax laws, as well as fiduciary and operational concerns.
Holding a degree from Harvard Law School, Linda is a member of the American Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. Linda was named Massachusetts Super Lawyer in Boston Magazine and is a frequent speaker and author concerning current matters.
Linda is married to H. David Sherman, Professor of Accounting at Northeastern University and has two daughters age 25 and 29.
General (USA Ret) Robert W. RisCassi* - Director
General Robert W. RisCassi, USA (Retired) was a past Corporate Senior Vice President and currently serves as a Consultant for L-3 Communications Corporation.
In 35 years of Army service, in which he attained the rank of General, Robert W. RisCassi held a variety of diverse and increasingly vital positions, culminating his career as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command and ROK/US Combined Forces Command in Korea.
He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1958. General RisCassi later earned a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Auburn University, and graduated from the Army War College and Air Command and Staff College. Among other assignments he commanded the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans on the Army Staff, and then as Director of the Joint Staff. Following promotion to General, he served as the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and then for three years as Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command, ROK/US Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea.
In the course of his career, General RisCassi has held responsibility and gained a successful reputation for managing multi-billion dollar budgets, developing mid- and long-range strategies, working with industry to innovate and apply advanced technologies to both the battlefield and peacetime functions of the armed forces, and for leading and managing large organizations. He has been assigned around the world, worked with national leaders from many nations, and has a rare understanding of the changing international environment effecting our nation.
Subsequent to military retirement, General RisCassi has been employed as an executive with Loral Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Joseph G. San Miguel, Ph.D., CPA* - Director
Dr. Joseph G. San Miguel is Professor Emeritus at the Graduate School of Business, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He was recently Distinguished Visiting Professor at INSEAD—Singapore and the David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Dartmouth Tuck Business School. He taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Business; New York University Graduate School of Business; Stanford Graduate School of Business; the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management; Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center, Claremont Graduate School; and the University of Texas at Austin.
Professor San Miguel has engaged in consulting and executive development programs with Goldman Sachs, Analog Devices, Discover Financial Services, Harley-Davidson, Arthur Andersen, Lucent Technologies, Northrop-Grumman, General Electric, IBM, AT&T, and other organizations. He was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation and Anderson Clayton & Co. He serves on the Board of Directors of Jenzabar, Inc. and Chairs its Audit Committee.
His Department of Defense and Department of the Navy research projects include: the Naval Industrial Improvement Program for the Under Secretary of the Navy; the National Industrial Security Program for the Departments of Defense and Energy and the Central Intelligence Agency; and the Financial Management Executive Program for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. For several years, he has been engaged in classified research for various national security agencies and defense organizations for which he has Top Secret clearance.
Professor San Miguel’s Ph.D. was awarded by The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies. His professional societies include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Honorary Member Award), American Accounting Association (Life Member Award), Institute of Management Accountants, and The Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences. He served as a member of the Business and Industry Executive Committee, Management Accounting Executive Committee, and the Accounting Education Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
His articles have been published in The Accounting Review; The Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, Journal of Cost Management; Accounting, Organizations and Society; The Journal of Enterprise Management; The Accounting Journal; The Quarterly Review of Business and Economics; and Omega: The International Journal of Management Science. He is coauthor of Introduction to Financial Accounting, Harper & Row; and author of Cases in Financial Accounting and Reporting, published by Touche Ross Foundation and the Harvard Business School, and Value Chain Analysis for Assessing Competitive Advantage, published by the Society of Management Accountants of Canada. He completed “Strategic Impact of Enterprise Resource Planning,” sponsored by the Financial Executives Institute. Professor San Miguel has also written many cases at the Harvard Business School and the Naval Postgraduate School. His current research interests are in strategic enterprise management and global financial reporting.
* Indicates an independent voting Board member.
All Board members were reappointed to the Board in November 2012.
John Gonsalves - Founder
September 11, 2001 was a life-changing experience for all Americans. The resulting military deployments of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and subsequently, Operation Enduring Freedom, have profoundly changed the lives of many American service members.
After watching a news story on television about a soldier that lost both of his legs due to a roadside bomb in Iraq, John Gonsalves, a construction supervisor from Raynham, Massachusetts wondered what was being done to support our men and women who had sacrificed so much for our country. He set out on a mission to volunteer his time and expertise that he possessed in building homes that met the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act to an organization that provided such services for those most severely injured as a result of combat.
Mr. Gonsalves was dismayed when he could not find an organization that was supporting such a mission. With an escalating urge to fulfill an unmet need, he knew he needed to find a way to help these men and women that were returning from combat severely injured. Traveling to military hospitals to visit with injured and their families, speaking with Veterans’ organizations, and researching the difficulties facing America’s injured service members as they tried to find specially adapted and barrier-free homes, John realized most existing handicapped housing did not take into consideration the types of disabilities incurred in combat, so adequate homes did not exist in the marketplace. In February 2004, John founded Homes for Our Troops.
In its early years, Homes for Our Troops built/remodeled a handful of homes as it worked diligently to spread the word nationwide about its mission. Since then, the organization has grown into a highly rated, national non-profit organization that has donated more than one hundred specially adapted homes to severely injured veterans nationwide.
Mr. Gonsalves spoke out on behalf of injured Veterans, including his testimony before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity Hearing on Specialty Adapted Housing in 2007 and 2009..
Leaving the organization in February 2012, we thank Mr. Gonsalves for his years of selfless dedication and inspiration and for being the one to step forward, taking action and leading the way to provide comfort and life-long, tangible support to so many severely injured veterans and their families.
Dawn M. Teixeira, Executive Director
Dawn is a founding board member and has been with the Homes for Our Troops organization in multiple capacities since 2004. Starting as one of the first volunteers, she assisted the organization by providing pro-bono technology consulting services as well as marketing, PR, graphic design, web design and direct IT support services. Since then, she has accepted the roles of Board Secretary, CIO, COO and now Executive Director.
Recognizing the tremendous growth opportunity when the organization was in its infancy stages, Dawn was instrumental in formulating and implementing the strategic and operational growth plan for the organization. Alongside the founder, she has effectively guided the organization through the early stages of development and through times of tremendous growth. The organization has been able to increase funding and production during turbulent economic times and she continues to help set and drive the organization to achieve the highest developmental objectives.
As an Executive Member of the Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009, Dawn held the position as Secretary and managed the full range of administrative responsibilities and was instrumental in facilitating board transition/development.
A mother of two children ages, 18 and 9, Dawn lives in Southeastern, MA and enjoys all sports and recently became an avid runner, completing the Boston Marathon in 2008 and 2009 as a member of Team Homes for Our Troops. In addition to degree and certifications in the field of IT, Dawn holds a degree in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University.
Dawn is proud to have four family members serving in the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It is my honor to be able to support the military in this way. The work I do helps restore our severely injured service members with emotional, physical and financial freedom and independence in their homes. Freedom and Independence; these are the very treasures our troops choose to defend when they join the military, and these are the very things that are lost as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty.
Homes for Our Troops started with a seed of an idea by John Gonsalves, under the guidance of a talented team of individuals, it has grown into one of few military charities that has been nationally recognized for financial efficiency and program delivery and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of it.”
Tom Benoit, VP/Chief Financial Officer
Tom became active in the organization in 2004 as its volunteer accountant and as a Board Member from 2004 through 2006. In April 2006 he joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer. Tom has a degree in accounting from UMass Dartmouth and, prior to working for HFOT, he worked in public accounting with KPMG in Boston and then in financial positions at a home healthcare equipment company and a waste-to-energy facility.
Working with HFOT’s executive team to manage the organization’s finances, HFOT has received top ratings from both Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy. In 2009, Tom ran his first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, to raise funds for HFOT as a member of Team Homes for Our Troops.
"Homes for Our Troops fulfills a critical need for members of the armed forces who were injured while protecting our country and bringing freedom to millions of oppressed people. I am grateful to the many people who donate their time and abilities to homes for Our Troops so that we can, in some small way, show our gratitude to these heroic men and women."
Chris Rodelle, Chief Operations Officer
Christopher Rodelle joined the HFOT mission in late 2008 as Director of Project Operations. Since that time Christopher has become an integral part of the HFOT executive management team, leading to his being promoted to COO in April of 2011. By adding value across multiple business areas and disciplines, including strategic thinking and decision making, Christopher has contributed to the overall success and growth of the HFOT mission.
Christopher holds a BS in accounting from UMass Dartmouth and is trained in Lean Six Sigma principals and techniques. Christopher has over 15 years of experience in the financial asset management industry, serving for over 8 years as the Head of North American Performance Measurement at Baring Asset Management. Throughout his professional work experience, Christopher has lead business initiatives for both publicly held financial institutions and privately owned business concerns.
To date, Christopher has aided the HFOT organization by leading the effort to double the program’s production capacity by evolving the HFOT program model that included: A complete restructuring of the construction program: designing our proprietary home plans, establishing standard operating procedures, developing and providing ongoing training to the construction team. In addition, he developed and integrated necessary information systems for financial and production performance analysis and established a Quality Assurance initiative for our home building program.
His father’s service aboard the USS Damato as a naval officer had left a lasting impression and a deep respect for all those who serve and for those who have sacrificed for our country.
”I feel that it is our patriotic responsibility to give back and provide for our injured service men and women who have sacrificed to protect both our families and our freedoms! I am both proud and grateful to be part of the HFOT team, working with members of local communities across the nation, as well as, our national corporate and private sponsors who all contribute to make our mission a reality for so many……may god bless our troops!”
We thank the thousands of volunteers across the USA that contribute tens of thousands of man hours to our mission in a variety of ways. Volunteers are the heart and soul of our mission and we would like to recognize several of them that have been steadfast volunteers through the years.
Members of the Taunton DAV Chapter 57
Around the Country
With thousands of volunteers across the USA, we couldn't possibly list them all. We want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our supporters and volunteers. You are the heart and soul of this mission and we are so proud to have your support!
How to Request Financial Information
Our Audited Financial Statements and Form 990 for our three most recent fiscal years ended September 30, 2012, 2011 and 2010 can be viewed and downloaded using the links below.
You can also view or download our 2011 and 2010 Annual reports. The 2012 Annual Report will be posted as soon as it is available.
Paper copies of these documents are available by calling us at 508-823-3300, mailing a request to us via postal mail, or e-mailing our CFO at email@example.com.
2011 Form 990
IRS Determination Letter of 501(c)(3) Non-profit Status