Karla Smith Foundation Joins Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Kansas to Increase Mental Health Awareness

Karla Smith Foundation Joins Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Kansas to Increase Mental Health Awareness











Karla Smith Foundation Volunteers on the Set of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’


Ottawa, KS (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

The Karla Smith Foundation, a St. Louis area based non-profit organization that provides support to families and friends affected by mental illness and suicide, spent the first week of August on the set of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” working to build a new, dream home for the Allen Hill Family of Ottawa, Kansas. Retired Staff Sergeant Allen Hill was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb while serving in Iraq and now lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

BringChange2Mind, a partner organization of the Karla Smith Foundation, nominated the Hill Family for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”. BringChange2Mind was founded by The Fountain House in New York, the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), Children Adolescent and Bipolar Foundation (CABF), and Oscar-winning actress Glenn Close, whose sister, Jessie, has bipolar disorder. The non-profit’s mission is to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. The show, set to air in October, will focus on Sergeant Allen Hill, his wife, Gina, and their children. In selecting the Hill Family, ABC Extreme also agreed to feature mental illness awareness in the two-hour episode.

“This week has been an outpouring of support from a local community for a very deserving family,” said Kevin Smith, Vice-President of Karla Smith Foundation, who has been in Kansas all week working as a Volunteer Lead and helped setup the Mental Health Awareness Tent. “The topic of mental illness has opened a lot of people’s eyes in this area and will touch many more across the country when the show airs.”

While SSgt. Allen Hill has recovered from the physical wounds of war, he has developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and just returned home from years-long inpatient treatment. Environmental triggers such as loud noises, crowds, dimly lit spaces and long hallways, can instigate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder episodes. The ‘extreme’ home is being built to make his treatment easier, as the home will be sound-proofed and will include a safe room for Allen to go in case of an episode. As not to trigger a PTSD episode for Allen, for the first time in the show’s eight year history, a silent revealing occurred. A crowd of several thousand people waving American flags showed their support by watching quietly for over 20 minutes as Ty Pennington welcomed the family during the famous ‘move that bus’ moment.

The Karla Smith Foundation has formed a strong relationship with SSgt. Hill and his wife Gina. Gina has become an active advocate for families whose loved ones suffer with PTSD. She is the author of an award nominated blog, has served on a media panel, and has spoken at mental health conferences and on Capitol Hill. In addition, Gina and her husband were interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show in May, 2009.

Gina will be speaking at the Karla Smith Foundation’s annual “Erase the Stigma Conference”, which will take place August 26-27, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois. Gina will share her family’s hopes and struggles as she has steered her family through the maze of mental illness, treatment and recovery. Gina will address: journeying with loved ones with mental illness, family and marriage issues, and care giving as a mother of young children.

“This week a house was built with hammers, nails, sweat and tears, but a home was made with hope, grace and strength,” said Erin Hazen, a Karla Smith Foundation volunteer working in the catering tent.

The Hill Family edition of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is set to air in October, 2011 and will be a special two hour episode. You can learn more about Allen Hill and his family on the BringChange2Mind Facebook Page.

About Karla Smith Foundation

The Karla Smith Foundation offers support groups for family members of those with mental illness, support groups for families coping with suicide grief, peer-to-peer coaching, free education materials, public awareness events, a resource directory, and financial aid to family members and friends of those affected by mental illness and suicide. Since 2005, The Karla Smith Foundation has worked to combat the stigma of mental illness, and in 2009, partnered with the BringChange2Mind campaign co-founded by actress Glenn Close. For more information on the Karla Smith Foundation, visit http://www.karlasmithfoundation.org.

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THV Compozit Windows & Doors Supplies Windows And Installation For New ?Extreme Makeover : Home Edition? House in Ottawa, Kansas

THV Compozit Windows & Doors Supplies Windows And Installation For New “Extreme Makeover : Home Edition” House in Ottawa, Kansas












Ottawa, KS (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

THV Compozit Windows & Doors, a leader in energy efficient, sound reducing composite windows, happily donates more than 80 premium windows to the Hill family in Ottawa, Kansas as part of “Extreme Makeover : Home Edition”, the hit television show.

Staff Sergeant Allen Hill was almost killed by a massive roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. He has recovered from his physical wounds, but the injuries that we can’t see haunt him. Environmental triggers such as loud noises, dimly lit spaces and long hallways can instigate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) episodes. The Sergeant has just completed long inpatient PTSD treatment far from home, and was ready to return. However, the house he once lived in is near both a rock quarry, where there are constant dynamite blasts, and a train yard that is a constant source of terrifying noises and vibrations. For Sergeant Hill to be reunited with his family, he needed a new home – one built with an emphasis on peace, tranquility and sound reduction. THV windows were up to the task and an integral part in making that happen.

THV Compozit windows, with frames constructed of Expanded Polymer Composites (EPC), triple-insulated (triple-pane) glass and an advanced insulated spacer system will not only help with noise reduction, but will also provide a highly energy efficient window therefore lowering energy costs for the Hill family in their new home.

THV CEO Charles L. Smith stated “With our 15 retail stores and over 70 independent dealers, including our presence in the Ottawa area, it’s great to be able to give back to the community that we’ve been a part of for so long. To be selected because of the sound reduction our windows provide gives me a great sense of pride. I personally worked on the site and thoroughly enjoyed my time there working with co-workers and in the town of Ottawa. We know the Hill family will enjoy our windows for years to come.”

ABOUT THV COMPOZIT WINDOWS & DOORS

Over the years THV Compozit Windows & Doors has served their vision to change the window industry. Initially focusing solely on the replacement window business, THV Compozit has evolved into a premiere window manufacturer, servicing many aspects of the home improvement industry today. Since their establishment, the company has grown to be a leader in the window industry, manufacturing, selling, and installing quality replacement windows and new construction windows across the United States. THV Compozit Windows & Doors are a division of THV Holdings LLC and True Home Value, Inc. which owns several retail outlets throughout the Midwest and partners with more than 70 independent dealers throughout the United States. True Home Value is the 7th largest home remodeler in the country (The Replacement 100, Hanley Wood).

ABOUT “EXTREME MAKEOVER : HOME EDITION”

“Extreme Makeover : Home Edition” is a reality television series providing home renovations for less fortunate families. Former model, carpenter and veteran television personality Ty Pennington hosts the show. Each episode features a family that has faced some sort of recent or ongoing hardship in need of new hope. The show’s producers coordinate with a local builder, which then coordinates with various companies in the building trades for a makeover of the family’s home.

The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” entering its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. Episodes air Sunday from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.

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Record Month for Home Sales in Ottawa

Record Month for Home Sales in Ottawa











(PRWEB) May 28, 2010

The Ottawa real estate market remains strong with sales continuing to rise, reports Ottawa mortgage broker service provider, the Wilson Team. “There’s never been a better time to invest in property,” says Laurie Wilson, “particularly if you consider the fact that mortgage rates are projected to increase further in the future.”

Despite the recent rise of mortgage interest rates in Canada, Ottawa reported a record month in home sales last April. Sales saw a climb of almost 16 percent compared to last year, according to the Ottawa Real Estate Board, with 1,841 homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Condominiums accounted for about a quarter of those sales, surging to an increase of 32%. As for average sale prices, they managed to continue an upward trend to $ 332,979, which was an increase of 11.6% from 2009.

Homebuyers mainly rushed to sign deals in order to beat the implementation of tougher mortgage rules by Canada’s major banks, as well as the imposition of Ontario’s new harmonized sales tax (HST) due to take effect in July 2010.

While mortgage rates are on the rise, the record sales numbers show a lot of promise. “Canadians remain optimistic and confident about the economy,” says The Wilson Team. “Mortgage rates in Ottawa via our company are floating between three and five percent, which are incredible rates considering recent legislative changes,” she further stated.

Armed with 35 years worth of industry experience, The Wilson Team provides successful mortgage solutions with some of the lowest Canadian mortgage rates structured to fit personal financial goals and risk tolerances. As part of the top 1% of mortgage producers in Canada, The Wilson Team has forged successful alliances with over 30 lenders and private fund providers, enabling them to offer hundreds of mortgage products for their clients’ needs.

For more information on The Wilson Team and their various mortgage broker services for purchasing, refinancing or renovating purposes, call them or visit their website at http://www.WilsonTeam.CA.

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The Utility Company? Adds Franchise in its Home Base of Ottawa – Former Employee Mike Knol Becomes Utility Service Provider

The Utility Company™ Adds Franchise in its Home Base of Ottawa – Former Employee Mike Knol Becomes Utility Service Provider










Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) March 7, 2007

The Utility Company, the leading provider of information technology as a utility to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), today announced its latest Utility Service Provider (USP) franchise in the Ottawa West region of Ontario. Mike Knol, a former Utility franchise development representative, purchased the rights to the Ottawa West franchise based out of Kanata.

The Utility Company was founded to address the two major problems plaguing businesses today:


    Over-spending – the fact the average SMB spends $ 360 per user per month on technology for an industry total of $ 400 billion annually.

    Under-utilization – the fact that only 15% of this investment in technology is actually utilized by these businesses.

Small and medium-sized businesses tend to look at their information technology (IT) spending as simply a “cost of doing business” or a distraction to their main area of focus and expertise. To help businesses better understand IT, The Utility Company recently launched a free business-technology online assessment service called the Utility Meter Reading. This provides businesses a 360o view on spending and utilization in the five major areas of technology: network/desktop, business applications, Web/Internet, copier/printer and telecommunications.

“I enjoyed working at The Utility Company – and believed in the business so strongly, that I decided to open my own franchise,” said Mike Knol. “Coming from an entrepreneurial family – living and breathing the life of a small business owner for as long as I can remember – I saw this as my opportunity to become an owner-operator and address a growing need for businesses from 5 to 100 employees. I am excited about being able to demonstrate the value that IT can really bring to the small business owner when approached in a new way.”

“Mike has the benefit of having worked for us supporting our franchisees across North America so he understands the value of the Utility model and we are obviously delighted with his decision. His entrepreneurial background and technical expertise gives him the ability to truly understand the needs of the small business owner,” stated Mark Scott, President of The Utility Company. “Our goal with Utility Ottawa West is to provide a consumption-based alternative for computer power-users in the high-technology community, such as start-ups, professional services firms and financial services. In addition, with Ottawa West and the Valley being the fastest growing area in the region, education, non-profit and health care are also key vertical markets we will focus on helping.”

“Utility’s offering is a perfect fit for any business that relies on technology and corporate data,” stated Randy Woods, co-founder of non-linear creations – a Canadian web development company with headquarters in Ottawa. “We recently completed the Utility Meter Reading and started engaging The Utility Company. It’s hard to believe we spend more on technology per employee then we do on rent and occupancy costs. The Utility model addresses this while helping us to better utilize the technology we have.”

The Utility Company Ottawa West launches today at the OCRI Technology Showcase at Scotiabank Place in Kanata, booth #416. Our Connected Office program provides technology service and support for business starting from $ 1 per end user per day. For further information contact Mike Knol directly at 613-963-0044.

About The Utility Company™

The Utility Company is the leading provider of information technology as a utility to small and medium-sized businesses, delivering the required hardware, software and service for a monthly fee per user. Our Connected Office™ service suite empowers people to properly leverage technology to operate, communicate and manage their business more effectively to increase productivity, performance and ultimately profit. Our customers are supported by the Utility Service Network delivering on-site service and business-technology consulting across North America – technology sales, professionals and service organizations can review the Beyond Managed Services™ franchise opportunity on our website. Learn how to make technology work for your business today at http://www.theutilitycompany.com.

For more information contact:

Aaron Bradley

Marketing Manager

1-866-My-Utility ext.26

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Retirement Community Brings Magic of 1940s Home for Seniors with Reunion

Retirement Community Brings Magic of 1940s Home for Seniors with Reunion











(PRWEB) October 10, 2010

High school reunions are always full of laughs and great memories. The Carleton Place High School reunion, hosted by Waterside Retirement Community, took on special significance, because the former students in attendance all graduated during the 1940s and 1950s. Nearly one hundred alumni came together to reminisce with old friends and make new ones at the event spearheaded by renowned author and journalist, Mary Cook, and local area residents, Joan Hamilton and Audrey Wilson.

“I’ve wanted to do this for many years, and it is so exciting to see it finally happen!” exclaimed Ms. Cook. “Partnering with Waterside Retirement Community provided the planning team a perfect venue for the event. The welcoming and accommodating approach of the Waterside team has made this initiative successful and great fun,” she continued.

“We are thrilled to host this incredible event,” said Marilyn Colton, Waterside’s Community Director. “We really wanted to show our appreciation for the contribution these folks have made to Carleton Place and the Ottawa Valley over the years. They have given us the quality of life we enjoy in our communities and our country today.”

Graduates were treated to a complimentary social hour followed by a buffet lunch provided by Waterside, live entertainment and special presentations by a number of graduates. Bernie Costello, a local musician provided 40’s and 50’s music during the lunch. Bob Hill, a former resident of Carleton Place, was the keynote speaker. Many in attendance also took the opportunity to tour Waterside, one of Ottawa Valley’s newest retirement communities, located on the shores of the Mississippi River. Some graduates even quipped about how much fun it would be to live in the same community with former classmates.

Waterside Retirement Community offers independent living rental suites ranging in size from studios to two-bedroom. All suites include three healthy meals per day and a complete selection of amenities, such as an on-site spa, V!VAplex movie theatre, and much more. Waterside Retirement Community is owned and operated by Canadian-owned V!VA Retirement Communities based in Toronto, a developer and manager of rental retirement homes and communities across Ontario, including Mississauga, Vaughan and Pickering.

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St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Receives One Million Dollar Donation, Largest in Its History

St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa Receives One Million Dollar Donation, Largest in Its History










Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) February 22, 2011

The Campaign to build a new St. Patrick’s Home has received some exciting news, and an one million dollar donation. The extraordinary gift from John and Jennifer Ruddy is the largest donation ever made in the 146 year history of the St. Patrick’s Home, a well known Ottawa Long Term Care Home.

“I am joined by the entire St. Pat’s family in thanking John and Jennifer Ruddy for this critically-needed donation. Our dream of a new St. Pat’s will become a reality, in part, through this exceptional Gift” states Larry Kelly, the Chairman of the ten million dollar Campaign for the new St. Patrick’s Home.

St. Patrick’s Home is an important part of Ottawa’s history having been founded pre-Confederation by the Grey Sisters in 1865. Since then, it has supported generations of seniors and others in need of care.

“We are sincerely and profoundly grateful that the Ruddy family has chosen to assist with the eldercare crisis in our community by investing in our new Home. This remarkable Gift brings the Campaign total to $ 9.5 million. We are very well positioned to succeed in reaching our target of $ 10 million, thanks to John and Jennifer’s generosity.”

In October of 2010, St. Pat’s officially announced plans to build a brand new, Class A, 288 bed Long Term Care Home. The new, modern facility will be located adjacent to the current building at 2865 Riverside Drive in South Ottawa. Moreover, the Home will create an inclusive and accessible place for our community’s elderly for generations to come.

The $ 10 million dollar Capital Campaign for the new St. Patrick’s Home will create features and amenities that would not be possible through baseline funding. Campaign Chairman Larry Kelly states “The Campaign will ensure that St. Pat’s will continue to be an extraordinary place for our community’s elderly. The Home has a solid and longstanding reputation for providing exceptional care, but it is critical and urgent that we build a new Home to better meet the needs of our seniors. Eldercare is one of our community’s #1 healthcare issues and we must come together to invest in this crisis. We are grateful to have community champions such as John and Jennifer Ruddy to partner with us in our ambitious and much needed Campaign”.

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will provide baseline funding for the $ 55.4 million dollar facility. But community investment will be critical in order to realize a vision for a building that exceeds Ministry requirements in many key areas.

Construction of the new Home is to commence in the late Spring of 2011 as planning is well underway. Residents are expected to move in the Fall of 2013.

CONTACT 

Mariette MacIsaac, Administrator, Trinity Development Foundation, 613.565. 5864 or mmcisaac(at)trinity-group(dot)com

Larry Kelly, Chairman, Campaign for the new St. Patrick’s Home 613.238.6321 or lkelly(at)kellysantini(dot)com

Jennifer Conley, Executive Director St. Patrick’s Home Foundation 613.260.2739 or mailto:jconley(at)magma(dot)ca

http://www.stpats.ca

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