NewDay USA Foundation Sponsors Major Home Renovation for Military Family in Halethorpe, MD
Local mortgage professionals from NewDay USA demonstrate skills as landscapers and painters during
the three-month home renovation project for Staff Sergeant Sal Callender and his family.
FULTON, Md., July 22, 2013 (Businesswire) – NewDay USA Foundation and its philanthropic partner
Renovating Hope announced that this month they will put the finishing touches on a three-month long,
major home repair and renovation project undertaken for wounded veteran U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sal
Callender, his wife Esmay, and their two young children in Halethorpe, Maryland.
NewDay USA Foundation served as the lead sponsor for the project, providing nearly $100,000 in muchneeded funds to complete Phase I of the project. Employees from NewDay USA, one of the nation’s
leading VA mortgage companies, also offered a helping hand.
Over a recent weekend, more than 30 employees and their family members worked as painters and
landscapers at the project site. They also installed a custom 24-foot tall flagpole and raised the American
flag. The NewDay USA volunteers received a welcome into the Callender home. “There are no words that
can describe what you have done for me and my family,” Staff Sergeant Sal Callender told NewDay USA.
“I have never felt more appreciated for my service to our nation than I do today.”
In his 14-year career in the U.S. Army, SSG. Callender was deployed in Korea, the Philippines
Afghanistan and Iraq. While in Iraq, he and his troops encountered an improvised explosive device. SSG.
Callender suffered traumatic battlefield that required long-term treatment and rehabilitation at Walter
Reed Hospital. Nine of his comrades did not survive the attack.
“The opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of the Callender family is an honor and a
privilege. I think everyone at NewDay USA who shared time and effort on this home renovation project
felt personally connected to members of the military services who have sacrificed so much in service to
our country,” said John Fenzel, (Colonel, USA Ret.), President of the NewDay USA Foundation.
The Callender’s home renovation, which began in March, included major roof reconstruction, new siding,
windows and landscaping. The interior home now has two remodeled bedrooms and a bathroom on the
second floor, a finished basement, and a new kitchen, among other needed repairs and updates.
Earlier this year, the NewDay USA Foundation was proud to announce its $1 million commitment to
helping Renovating Hope in its work to honor and assist America’s heroes in need. The Foundation, a
tax-exempt private foundation, serves as the principal instrument of philanthropy for NewDay USA. The
Foundation's primary philanthropic mission is to provide grants and charitable contributions to nonprofit
organizations that support veterans, active-duty service members and military families.
Renovating Hope is a nonprofit organization built to honor and assist American heroes in need. The
Renovating Hope mission is to provide professional, sustainable, home needs and services in an effort to
be a source of renewal and hope to the families of men and women presently serving in the armed forces,
as well as to veterans, whose deteriorating residences require repairs and/or upgraded appliances
necessary to meet basic human needs, ensuring family safety and adequate comfort. Learn more at
NewDay USA is a nationwide VA and FHA mortgage lender. Based in Fulton, MD, the company focuses
on helping active duty military personnel, veterans and their families to achieve their financial and housing
goals. NewDay USA is the exclusive provider of mortgage lending for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
members, and is among the top providers of VA loans in the U.S. NewDay USA is the DBA of NewDay
Financial, LLC, which is a key holding of Chrysalis Holdings, LLC, a premiere private investment company
focused on the financial services industry. For more information about NewDay USA, visit