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Mullican Flooring, ASP Partner to build new homes

Johnson City, Tenn.—Mullican Flooring partnered with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) to build homes for more than 120 families affected by the 2016 West Virginia flood and Great Smoky Mountains wildfires.

To date, 42 new homes have been completed in Rainelle, W.Va., with another 19 homes currently under construction. Four homes have been completed in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and three are in progress. In an effort to reduce project cost and increase the impact and reach of ASP, Mullican donated hardwood flooring in excess of 100,000 square feet.

“Mullican Flooring has been a valued and consistent supporter of Appalachia Service Project and our mission of making the homes of low-income families in Appalachia warmer, safer and drier for many years,” says Walter Crouch, ASP president and CEO. “In the next year, more than 40 additional homes will be built in West Virginia and another 18 in Tennessee. When done, more than 120 families who lost their homes to disaster will benefit from the partnership between ASP and Mullican Flooring.”

In October 2017, the third and fourth of 25 new homes committed to being built in Gatlinburg and Sevier County were dedicated. The second and third dedications were for brother and sister Ernest Ogle, 75, and Trula Mae Bible, 84, who grew up in the same house and will now reside as neighbors in the newly constructed homes. ASP will continue to dedicate homes as they are finalized, sharing the stories of those in the Rainelle and Gatlinburg communities.

“Mullican Flooring has tremendous belief in Appalachia Service Project’s vision to continue to rebuild communities hit by natural disasters,” said Neil Poland, president, Mullican Flooring. “Walter Crouch’s leadership ability has enabled ASP to restore hope, enthusiasm and energy to the people in these areas. The organization truly does God’s work here on Earth.”

In recent years, Mullican has also donated and installed new flooring in both Appalachia Service Project’s Jonesville, Va., and Brenton, W.Va., volunteer and staff training centers. On October 20, Mullican Flooring was awarded a Medal of Distinction from Appalachia Service Project in recognition of the company’s efforts and investment in the Appalachian community.

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Carpet One Floor & Home stores install flooring for injured veterans

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home in Amherst, N.Y., and Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home in South Lake, Texas, recently installed flooring in two new smart homes for injured American veterans.

USMC CPL Mark O’Brien, along with his wife and two children, moved into their donated smart home this past fall. In late November, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, USMC SSGT Marcus Burleson and his family were likewise presented with a custom-built smart home.

CPL O’Brien, now a resident of East Aurora, N.Y., was severely injured in 2004, after a rocket propelled grenade struck his Humvee during a combat mission in Iraq. He sustained a traumatic brain injury and lost both his right arm and his right leg.

Warren’s Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the O’Brien home, while both Madison Carpet One and Tontine Carpet One provided assistance.

SSGT Burleson, now a resident of Dublin, Texas, was severely injured by an IED while serving in Afghanistan—his third deployment—in late 2011. He lost both arms in the explosion and sustained a broken neck, multiple broken bones, and the loss of vision in his left eye.

Floors Inc. Carpet One Floor & Home donated the flooring installation throughout the Burleson home.

“This is a season when many of us pause and reflect on all we are thankful for,” said Eric Demaree, president of Carpet One Floor & Home. “During this time of giving, we’re especially honored to show our gratitude by helping provide smart homes for some of the selfless individuals who gave so much of themselves.”

Since 2014, Carpet One Floor & Home has been a proud partner of Building for America’s Bravest, a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The national floor covering cooperative has assisted in the completion of several dozen smart homes, all provided at no charge to veterans who’ve sustained life-altering injuries in the line of duty.