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Howard’s employees donate essential appliances to Veterans Outpost

Howard’s, Southern California’s premier independent Appliance, TV and Mattress retailer, today announced that they have donated the appliances and other home products to outfit the new expansion of Orange County Rescue Mission’s Tustin Veterans Outpost. The retailer is providing full kitchen suites, washing machines, dryers, and TVs. The appliances will equip transitional housing for up to an additional 45 veterans and their families while they undertake services and programs at the Rescue Mission, teaching them how to become self-sufficient in their civilian lives. The gift, valued at $83K, will allow Orange County Rescue Mission to increase the number of fully furnished apartments for veterans at Tustin Veterans Outpost by 150%.

“We are thankful for the selfless dedication of the veterans who have protected us by serving at home and abroad, and for their families and loved ones who have sacrificed so that they could do so. Now we would like to do something for them,” said John Riddle, President & CEO, Howard’s. “Nearly 11% of the adult homeless—more than 40,000 people—are veterans. Howard’s employee-owners chose overwhelmingly to make this contribution to the Tustin Veterans Outpost in recognition of their service and our gratitude.”

The Orange County Rescue Mission recently completed the purchase of a second apartment complex adjacent to the original Veteran’s Outpost, allowing them to increase their overall capacity, providing additional temporary housing for single adults and families while they get on their feet. During their time staying at the Outpost, veterans and their families have access to both basic and veteran-specific services including case management, mental health care, educational assistance, healthcare, legal assistance, and job training and placement.

“We are sincerely grateful to Howard’s employees for this substantial contribution,” said Jim Palmer, President & CEO, Orange County Rescue Mission. “The scope of this extraordinary gift allows us to ensure comfortable, functional transitional homes for the veterans who have come to us for assistance. The furnished apartments give residents a sense of belonging and a measure of security they have not known in some time.”

Howard’s is an employee-owned company with staff who live and work in the communities around each store location. Howard’s transferred half of the company to the employees in 1976 and became fully employee-owned in 2000. The Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) gives employees ultimate decision-making power for the company, andeach employee becomes a shareholder and part-owner after 1,000 days on the job (approximately 26 weeks). As an ESOP, the company pays no taxes and receives no “write-offs” for donations, so all contributions to community organizations are carefully reviewed and agreed upon internally for maximum benefit to Howard’s neighbors.

For more information about Howard’s appliances, TVs, and mattresses, please visit howards.com.

Founded in 1946 when Howard Roach began repairing radios in the back of a sporting goods store in San Gabriel, California, Howard’s has grown over the past 74 years to become Southern California’s largest and most trusted independent retailer of appliances, TVs, and mattresses. With 13 locations, Howard’s is the premiere independent SoCal Appliance, TV, and Mattress retailer offering the best brands at the best price. Howard’s prides itself on three pillars of service: an unparalleled 60-day price match guarantee, expert customer service, and free next day delivery.

Orange County Rescue Mission’s goal is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care, and independent living communities.

The Rescue Mission was formed as a faith-based organization in 1963. Since that time, the Rescue Mission has shared hope through Jesus Christ to those without hope in Orange County. Our programs are designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women, veterans, and children to self-sufficiency. Its programs and dedication to going above and beyond have earned the organization numerous recognitions including Charity Navigator’s highest rating of 4 stars. To make a donation or inquire about volunteer opportunities with Orange County Rescue Mission, please contact (714) 247-4300 or visit www.rescuemission.org.

This article was a courtesy release.