AVON, Ind. — Home is the place you lay your head at night, secure with your family around you. Ideally, it’s a haven of comfort and peace and love.
That’s exactly what Homes for Hoosier Heroes is working to create for wounded veterans – one house at a time. The home currently in progress for Wounded Warrior Tim Senkowski in Anderson is the very first project, and indeed, the inspiration, for the newly established program.
“It’s a special home for a special family,” said Bob Luenebrink of The Path Home. That’s the parent organization of the Homes for Hoosier Heroes program. The Path Home is no stranger to Indiana veterans – last year, the Avon-based not-for-profit organization helped more than 800 veterans around the state.
“This is one project out of many, many projects,” said Luenebrink. The Path Home does everything from help veterans secure their benefits to find employment and housing or prevent suicide.
The Path Home board member Jerry Prevatt said that many veterans do not really know what kind of support is available to them.
“They come home and get thrown out in the cold, cruel world and they don’t know what to do,” said Prevatt. “There are so many programs available.” The Path Home is ready to come alongside and help in whatever way they can.
Luenebrink and fellow vet Frank Parks were both service officers at two different veterans organizations when they put their heads together to establish The Path Home in 2009.
“We were trying to combine resources,” said Luenebrink. The Path Home became a 501c(3) non-profit in December 2011, enabling it to raise funds. The Path Home is directed by an eight-member board, which Luenebrink chairs, but the group depends on its network to get the jobs done.
“Every year it gets bigger,” said 49-year old Luenebrink. “It’s really a great circle of people.”