Samsung Donates Home Entertainment Systems to New Veterans Housing Complex in New Jersey
Fourteen U.S. military veterans with disabilities moved in to newly constructed Bergen County, N.J. homes this autumn, thanks to a unique public-private partnership, and Samsung is proud to have furnished the home-entertainment systems in each of the beautiful residential units.
The Emerson Veterans Supportive Housing complex, in Emerson, N.J., officially opened on October 11 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new homes – 14 semi-detached, one-bedroom, affordable rental units – represent a public-private partnership that saw the American Legion, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Bergen County Housing Development Corporation, and many non-profit organizations and area businesses work together to house these American heroes, some of whom had previously been homeless.
Samsung Electronics America joined with other corporations in donating products, services or funding for the project, providing 14 new 40-inch, high-definition LED televisions, along with Blu-ray™ players and movies on DVD. Members of the Samsung Veterans Community delivered and installed the devices, as well as indoor HD antennas, in each of the homes in the seven-building complex.
“At Samsung, our responsibility to the communities we live and work in is foundational to our corporate culture,” said John Hendrick, Samsung Electronics America Veterans Community Chief Advocate. “The Emerson project was a great opportunity to support veterans in Bergen County, home of our U.S. headquarters. We’re always looking for opportunities to be a good neighbor.”
Hendrick said the indoor HD antenna saves money each month for the low-income residents of the Emerson Veterans Supportive Housing complex, because it allows them access to local TV stations.
“We made these televisions ready for them without the need for an expensive cable subscription,” Hendrick said.
Samsung also donated individual collections of 40-50 movie DVDs for each unit, and a lending library of hundreds more movie titles is in the making. Hendrick said Samsung employees around the U.S. were eager to recycle their DVDs for the benefit of military veterans with special needs.
The Samsung Veterans Community uses technology to enhance the lives of veterans and to create opportunities for military communities nationwide.