Veteran Critical Home Repair – Ricardo’s story

Ricardo Gonzales is a veteran that lives in Green Valley, and Habitat Tucson was excited to partner with him to make his home a safe place for him to live for many years to come.

Richard lives alone with his dog and is partially blind, so his dog helps him get around. He is a friendly guy and a fantastic cook. He shared some wonderful ribs that he made and even made some of our construction team and volunteers a batch of homemade barbecue sauce!

“Our goals are to decrease his electrical bill and make his home a safer environment for him to carry out his daily activities,” said Home Repair Supervisor Richard Hoffman.


With the help of local contractors, Habitat staff and volunteers replaced all of his single pane windows with double pane low E windows, replaced a broken shower, replaced the carpeting (which was a trip hazard) with a more durable linoleum, and ensured that all transitions between the existing flooring and the new linoleum are as seamless a possible.

“We also serviced his HVAC system, and installed two 180 degree beveled ramps to reduce the trip hazard at the front door and at the carport entry,” Richard added.

Veteran Ricardo is deeply appreciative of all the changes made to his home to ensure he can safely age in place.  These repairs were made possible through a generous grant from The Home Depot, who make it a point to support veterans in our community.


About Giving Back at The Home Depot

Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $160 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 26,700 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit