Helping Homebound Heroes - February

January 30, 2021

U.S. Army veteran Rigoberto Clarke has been a home owner since 2006. He feels very blessed that he is able to live independently in his own home. As he put it, “where I come from, people don’t own homes. Having grass and trees and my own house, it means a lot to me.”

Mr. Clarke served in the U.S. Army in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. He says he feels veterans are often forgotten by the community. “A lot of people don’t look out for us, but Meals on Wheels Central Texas and The Home Depot Foundation do. I am so thankful for that.”

Thanks to generous funding from The Home Depot Foundation and Meals on Wheels America, the Meals on Wheels Central Texas Home Repair program recently fixed Mr. Clarke’s home’s foundation – a much-needed repair. “I could not open my front door and garage door. I could see cracks in my walls. It was really bringing me down because I knew I didn’t have the money to get it fixed myself,” said Mr. Clarke.

In addition, the MOWCTX Home Repair team renovated Mr. Clarke’s bathroom. He shared that this has really helped him with a variety of health issues he faces. “It is important to keep my feet clean due to my disability so what they did with the shower has made a big difference for my health. They also elevated my toilet and attached hand rails which has made life so much easier.”

Mr. Clarke expresses great gratitude to The Home Depot Foundation and MOWCTX for their service to him. “If it was not for you guys I don’t know what my life would have been like. God bless you, and thank you.”