TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants Raises More Than $6,000 For Habitat For Humanity of Kent County’s Veteran Programs
TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants (TSFR) raised $6,066 for the veteran programs through Habitat for Humanity of Kent County (Habitat Kent) at our Dine to Donate event at 14 of our West Michigan Applebee’s restaurants.
In an effort to help provide materials to Habitat Kent for a current home build for an Iraqi War veteran, the 14 Applebee’s restaurants hosted a Dine to Donate event where 10 percent of all guests’ food sales throughout the day were donated to the organization. Additional funds collected have been earmarked to provide support for employment resources and financial and homeownership education, as well as help provide home repairs for other veteran and military families in Kent County and beyond, as the Veteran Program for Habitat Kent continues to expand into surrounding areas.
In addition to the Dine to Donate event, volunteers from each of the 14 participating Applebee’s locations will work donating their time and labor to build homes with Habitat Kent on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 at different build sites in Grand Rapids as part of their commitment to giving back to veterans in the West Michigan community.
The same Applebee’s locations will also sell Habitat Kent cards from Wednesday, June 7 to Sunday, June 11 to raise additional funds for the veteran program. The cards, which were designed by an Iraqi war Marine veteran through the program [HAS HEART], which offers therapeutic creative outlet for veterans, will be signed by guests that donate and hung up in the restaurant. Those that donate $5 or more will receive a $5 off coupon good for a future visit. A portion of the sales of the cards will go towards royalty fees for veteran artists who share their stories through art work.
Habitat Kent recognizes the vital role of a home in helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life. An affordable, permanent home is essential for stability—something often elusive during military service—and empowers veterans to become members of their civilian communities after their service has concluded.
Since 2011, Habitat Kent has served 70 veterans, built five veteran homes, completed 39 veteran repair projects and have held 18 Vet-Hats events focused on service to the community and fellowship for local veterans.