Ken Mara is president and CEO of World Wide Security of Garden City, NY.
Soldiers who have just finished serving tours of duty are returning home to lives that are very different from when they left. Creating a sense of normalcy, going back to work and simply “going home again” presents a challenge.
On Long Island, New York, a very special organization called Long Island Home Builders Care Development Corp. (LIHBCDC), uses a network of volunteers from the building trades to construct brand new homes for veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan war at well below market value. The veterans apply for and are chosen through a lottery for each home, which they then agree to purchase for $199,000.
World Wide Security, through our home construction division Rainbow Protection, has been connected to the cause for several years. Lenny Minervini, director of business development for Rainbow is heavily involved with the organization and this is our company’s second development and we’re thrilled to be part of the continued effort to provide homes with security systems for our veterans.
The most recent development, located in the Village of Islandia, provides an affordable way for LI veterans to live on Long Island. The donated land contains six newly constructed homes, complete with a Honeywell Lynx Touch Self-Contained Home Control System. Lenny worked with each new homeowner to fully utilize the system’s functions to meet their needs. Minervini who has been working closely with the new homeowners says, “Having a personal connection to the veteran and getting to know them and their families has been very gratifying.”
Just before Christmas, Lenny, along with Joe Ingegno, Vice President of World Wide Security/Rainbow Protection, attended the ribbon cutting as the veterans received the keys to their new homes filled with house warming gifts and welcome baskets in a new subdivision called “Veterans Way.” Both Minervini and Ingegno spent time with the veterans and their families touring their homes and enjoying the efforts of so many who have made the dream of owning a home a reality to such well-deserving men and women.