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Cleaning for Heroes
221B Hallene Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 732-4856
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Local Maid Service Helps Disabled Heroes

Local Fire, Police and US Military Benefit Through Non-Profit Organization

(Gresham, OR) – Giving honor to veterans and service members can happen every day of the year if you really put your mind to it. While many people enjoy long weekends and holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Veteran’s Day, one company decided that every day was worth giving honor, and decided to do something about it.

Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. is a local maid service provider who serves residents in the Gresham and surrounding areas. They are also serving local eroes all year long by providing free house cleaning services through Cleaning for Heroes. 

Cleaning for Heroes is a non-profit organization that connects maid services across the nation to deserving individuals who have been injured or disabled in the line of duty. Cleaning for Heroes is dedicated to providing house cleaning services, at no cost, to disabled and elderly members of the United States Military, local police or fire departments.

Thousands of soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to civilian life with moderate to severe physical injuries. Disabling injuries such as loss of limbs, head trauma and debilitating injuries to arms and legs make it difficult for these men and women to meet the demands of everyday life such as cleaning and maintaining their homes. There are hundreds of thousands of other veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War who also have disabling injuries.

Cleaning for Heroes was founded in 2010 by Anne M. Aldridge, owner of Ocean State House Cleaning of Rhode Island. Earlier this year, Anne went searching for a non-profit organization that was able to link up cleaning services like hers with disabled veterans that needed cleaning services but were unable to afford them. She was unable to find any such organization dedicated to this cause. Knowing that there was a need for such services, she founded a non-profit organization that would be able to fill this need and Cleaning for Heroes was born.

Anne is no stranger to the sacrifices of veterans. She is the daughter of a Vietnam-era Navy veteran, the granddaughter of a World War II veteran, and the great-granddaughter of a World War I veteran.

Veterans' organizations nationwide are trying hard to meet the needs of disabled veterans, but until Cleaning for Heroes, there was no organization dedicated to meeting the needs of this very deserving group of men and women by providing much needed house cleaning help. For some elderly veterans, the difference between having some household help and not having household help could be the difference between whether they get to stay in their own home or be forced into a retirement home.

For other veterans, it could mean the difference between staying at home after surgery or returning to the hospital because they were unable to maintain a sanitary environment in which to heal.

Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. was one of the first companies to step forward and offer their help for the state of Oregon.

Mona McKenzie Makela, owner of Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service explains: “It makes me feel good to show my appreciation for the committment and dedication that has been provided to us by those who have risked their lives on our behalf. It's an honor to participate in such a heart warming program.”

Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. has joined the ranks of professional residential maid services located nationwide that have elected to say "thank you" to deserving heroes for their sacrifices while protecting and serving our community and nation. Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. demonstrates to their community they are a compassionate and socially responsible business by agreeing to provide their professional services at no charge for at least two veterans each month.

Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. is a Native American and locally-owned (owner and President Mona McKenzie Makela) cleaning service serving residents from Battleground to Wilsonville, Hillsboro to Sandy, and everything in between. They provide "green" cleaning, which is especially beneficial to veterans with severe burns or respiratory problems. Green cleaning is a healthy alternative to conventional cleaning.

Their green cleaning methods and products are environmentally friendly, biodegradable, and non-toxic.

Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service was recently awarded and certified as a “Great Business” by the City of Gresham for their efforts in being an environmentally responsible company. Mona McKenzie Makela is a leader within her community by example and through her actions.

She finds ways to positively impact her community with responsible business practices and charitable giving. In addition to Cleaning for Heroes, Mona also supports, contributes, or serves as a member to dozens of charitable and community organizations. She has also been featured in a book published by Atlantic Publishing, which can be purchased online or in any major book store.

You may learn more about Mona, her endeavors, or about Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. by visiting her business website at www.heavenlymaidcleaningservice.com.

Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. and Cleaning for Heroes is committed to promoting a healthy, clean home environment for our disabled or elderly community heroes and their families.

“Heroes come in many forms.” says Torrey Shannon, the wife of SSG John Daniel Shannon, a combat-injured veteran who was featured in the Pulitzer Prize stories published by The Washington Post in 2007. Shannon is a former maid service owner who now serves as the National Spokesperson for Cleaning for Heroes. She adds, “You don’t have to be a combat veteran to be a hero. I consider those who give their time, money, or concern to this program as everyday heroes.”

Based on the same concept that our nation’s heroes volunteered to serve their country and communities, Cleaning for Heroes is an all-volunteer effort that brings donors, providers and recipients together. Cleaning for Heroes relies on volunteers and donors who can contribute their time, money or services to the needs of their applicants. If you would like more information on how you can improve the lives of heroes in your community, or would like to apply for assistance, please visit their website at www.cleaningforheroes.org or call (401) 732-7856.

Note to Editor: Background information is available at 
www.cleaningforheroes.org
. If you would like to interview Torrey Shannon or learn more about this topic, please contact Torrey at (719) 783-4026 or by email: Torrey@cleaningforheroes.org. You may also learn more about Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. by visiting: www.heavenlymaidcleaningservice.com. You may reach Heavenly Maid Cleaning Service, Inc. by calling Mona McKenzie Makela at 503-492-1121 or by email at sales.heavenlymaidcleaning@gmail.com.

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