Ceremony Welcomes Veteran and His Family to a New Home

Johnson Controls has announced YORK, Ducted Systems leadership, Badger Metals Inc. and Dave Jones Inc., along with Building Homes for Heroes held a Welcome Home ceremony in Madison, Wis., for U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Erick Hoefakker and his family. During his years of service, Sergeant Hoefakker suffered several injuries that continue to afflict him to this day. His new home, provided by Building Homes for Heroes, has been modified to address his specific injuries to keep both Sergeant Hoefakker and his family comfortable and safe.

To support Sergeant Hoefakker, Johnson Controls donated a YORK heating and cooling system with a Wi-Fi capable YORK touch-screen thermostat to better assist him with adjusting his home’s temperature without the need to get up. Badger Metals Inc., donated the HVAC system and Dave Jones Inc. donated the installation services for the veteran’s home.

Justin Patrick, vice president and general manager of residential systems, Johnson Controls, addressed the family and attendees on behalf of YORK to recognize the company’s partnership with Building Homes for Heroes and to honor Sergeant Hoefakker and his family.

“This is the 100th home in which Johnson Controls has participated, and it is our privilege to provide systems that will keep the Hoefakker family safe and comfortable,” says Patrick. “‘Purpose led’ is one of our core values at Johnson Controls, and this partnership exemplifies why we want to be purposeful in making a difference in the lives of the men and women who sacrifice for our county.”

Representatives from Badger Metals Inc. and David Jones Inc., YORK distributors and contractors, attended the ceremony to recognize Sergeant Hoefakker.

“It is our privilege to recognize Sergeant Hoefakker for his sacrifice to our country,” states Holly Kellesvig, COO of Dave Jones Inc. “One of our core values is ‘Giving Back’ and because of Sergeant Hoefakker’s honor and bravery, we have provided him with exceptional equipment to ensure his family has a safe and comfortable home.”

Building Homes for Heroes is a national organization that recognizes those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces by supporting the needs of severely wounded or disabled soldiers and their families. The organization strives to build or renovate quality homes and donate them, mortgage-free, to injured veterans nationwide. Building Homes for Heroes invites anyone wishing to volunteer or donate to the organization to contact Building Homes for Heroes at [email protected]. To learn more about Building Homes for Heroes, visit online.

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