Operation Home Rescue #13 Honors Veteran Michael Kartheu

Honoring Service: TMG Cares Volunteers Transform Home of Navy Vietnam Veteran Michael Kartheu


February 15th, 2024 | TMG Cares volunteers recently rallied together at Operation Home Rescue's 13th project home, where Navy Vietnam veteran Michael Kartheu resides with his wife, Carolyn. The TMG Cares Volunteers' efforts not only revitalized his living space but also served as a poignant reminder of the power of collective kindness.

A Tribute to Service

Michael Kartheu, a veteran who served his country with honor, found himself in need of assistance with home maintenance. Recognizing his contributions and sacrifices, TMG Cares stepped in to offer a helping hand. Led by a spirit of service, four dedicated volunteers devoted a total of nine hours to improving Michael's home, demonstrating their commitment to giving back to those who have served our nation.

A Day of Transformation

The volunteers wasted no time getting to work, starting with weeding and yard work to rejuvenate the exterior of Michael's home. With meticulous care, they tackled overgrown areas, restoring order and beauty to the surroundings.

Next on the agenda was the essential task of cleaning gutters to ensure proper drainage and prevent potential damage to the property. Scaling ladders and armed with tools, the volunteers diligently cleared debris, leaving the gutters free-flowing and functional.

Addressing structural concerns, the team replaced the flashing on the chimney, enhancing both the safety and aesthetic appeal of the home. Their expertise and attention to detail ensured that the renovation was not only practical but also visually impactful.

Inside the home, the volunteers embarked on a series of upgrades to enhance comfort and accessibility for Michael. They replaced a worn-out shower insert, installing a new one to modernize the bathroom space. Additionally, a new shower head and grab bar were added, prioritizing safety and convenience for the homeowner.

As the final touch, the volunteers painted the ceiling, infusing the space with a fresh and vibrant ambiance. Their efforts culminated in a home transformed—a testament to the profound impact of collective goodwill and generosity.

A special thanks goes out to our generous community partners: Mr. Plywood and Jersey Mike's. Lunch was generously provided by a Vancouver area Jersey Mike's location, while funding generously donated by Mr.Plywood of Portland contributed to this and other Operation Home Rescue projects.

A Legacy of Support

The renovation of Michael Kartheu's home serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring bond between veterans and their communities. Through initiatives like TMG Cares, we can honor the service and sacrifices of our military personnel, ensuring that they are supported and valued long after their service has ended.

As we reflect on this inspiring act of kindness, let us be reminded of the power we possess to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether through small gestures or grand endeavors, each act of compassion contributes to a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

About Operation Home Rescue

Operation Home Rescue is a nonprofit organization that exists to assist veterans who live in Clark County, Washington who are physically or financially unable to carry out their home maintenance and/or repair needs. Participants in Operation Home Rescue can receive a variety of home maintenance services performed at no cost, such as landscaping, minor repairs, and cleaning. Operation Home Rescue is administered and funded by TMG Cares, the nonprofit division of the TMG Family of Companies, in partnership with the Clark County Veteran’s Assistance Center (CCVAC).

This projects was made possible in part due to a generous donation from our community partner, Mr. Plywood.

If you are (or know of) a veteran who is currently physically or financially unable to complete your home maintenance needs, please visit our website to learn more about eligibility to participate in this free program.

Learn more about Operation Home Rescue at operationhomerescue.com. To learn more about TMG Cares and the community work that the TMG Family of Companies does, visit tmgcares.org.

About the TMG Family of Companies

The TMG Family of Companies includes multifamily property management, single family property management, an in-house maintenance team, commercial property management, and home sales. TMG’s sister company, Association Management Services (AMS), also provides HOA management services. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, TMG also has offices located in Portland and Salem, Oregon, and in Tri-Cities, Washington.

Thank you to our community partners!

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