To serve those who serve our country. House of Heroes Connecticut is doing just that across the state by providing free home repairs to military veterans.
From yard work, to painting and everything in between, it was a busy Saturday morning in one neighborhood in Manchester.
“To give back. It’s really the least we could do,” said the UConn volunteer.
The nonprofit partnered with Pratt & Whitney employees and their children to help Nicodeme Sohahongkombe, a veteran who served in Afghanistan for six years from 2012 to 2018. Today, he serves as a captain in the Army Reserve.
“When it comes to the military, if I have to do it again, I would do it again. It’s the best country,” Sohahongkombet said.
Nicodemus started his life in the United States in 2003 to continue his education. At age 38, he earned a doctorate in health administration from Northcentral University. He is also a regional manager for CVS and a father of six.
As the volunteers gave him back, he says that his dream is to one day give back to his homeland in the Central African Republic by building a hospital based on the American model.
“People need that help. We are so blessed here. People need more help,” Sohahongkombet said.
Bloomfield, Windsor and Hartford were also home to similar House of Heroes projects. Those helping out in Manchester were also veterans, one of whom served 10 years in the Connecticut Army National Guard. Another served a loved one.
“I am the daughter of a Navy veteran, so it was instilled in me from the start to always make sure you give back to the community that gives you so much,” said Rachael Witkege, president of Pratt & Whitney RTX Vets.
To date, House of Heroes CT has served 184 veterans across the state. With each project, volunteers say they are proud to support vets who are as giving and selfless as the next.
“The idea is to come in and in one day give them a leg up, give them the kind of help they need to be able to live their lives safely and comfortably,” said House of Heroes CT Senior Consultant Dennis Buden.