December, 2019
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Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Home Inspectors Pay It Forward

JAMES THOMAS



InspectionWorld® 2019 San Diego had a tremendous impact on everyone who participated. Attendees had a wonderful time learning from leading experts on all things home inspection, while having the opportunity to build a vibrant network with inspectors from all over the world.

But what made IW 2019 different from any other IW before it? The fact that the impact extended beyond the IW attendees. This happened because the ASHI Foundation partnered with Homes For Our Troops to impact the community. 

Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans to enable them to rebuild their lives. Most of these veterans sustained severe injuries, including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and more. The homes donated by HFOT help restore some of the freedom and independence that our veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and to enable them to focus on their family and recovery. 

Since its inception in 2004, nearly 90 cents out of every dollar spent by HFOT has gone directly to program services for veterans. HFOT builds homes where veterans choose to live and the organization continues their relationship with veterans after the homes have been delivered, to assist veterans as they rebuild their lives. 

In January 2019, the ASHI Foundation focused on raising funds for a veteran who needed a new house in San Diego, CA. Army Specialist Joseph Paulk sustained numerous injuries while serving in southern Afghanistan. He required more than 50 surgeries and his family was seeking custom housing due to the extent of his long-term needs. 

At IW 2019, the ASHI Foundation leveraged the generous spirit of members, vendors and staff to raise more than $31,000 to help SPC Joseph Paulk’s family. And even after the fundraising event, ASHI chapters continued to give and support this cause. For example, the Rocky Mountain Chapter presented ASHI President Scott Patterson with a check for $500 to contribute to this cause. 

In September 2019, SPC Joseph Paulk and his family moved into their new home that was specifically built for them. (PICS from DropBox link) The ASHI Foundation is proud to have played a part in this family’s uplifting story. 

To continue paying it forward in 2020, the ASHI Foundation will partner with Folds of Honor at InspectionWorld® 2020 in New Orleans. Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the U.S. armed forces. Folds of Honor’s educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. 

Folds of Honor was founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA member and F-16 fighter pilot currently stationed at Tyndall AFB Florida as a member of 301st Fighter Squadron, who served three tours of duty in Iraq. Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 20,000 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In fact, the organization awarded more than 4,000 scholarships in 2019 alone. 

The ASHI Foundation is excited to give IW attendees a way to give back to the community of New Orleans by raising funds that will provide veterans’ family members with valuable educational opportunities. 

The great thing is, you don’t have to wait until IW 2020 to start participating. Please visit www.ashifoundation.org to give now. Let’s join together at IW in New Orleans to showcase the generous spirit of ASHI members. 


The ASHI Foundation partnered with Homes For Our Troops to impact the community. The ASHI Foundation, due to the generous spirit of members, vendors and staff, raised more than $31,000.

SPC Joseph Paulk and his family moved into their new home that was specifically built for them. The ASHI Foundation is proud to have played a part in this family’s uplifting story.