Saturday, December 15, 2012

Jeff Usner Returns To His Secret Millionaire Roots



Jeff Usner, Internet marketing expert, self-made millionaire, and former Secret Millionaire star recently returned to Habitat For Safe Seniors, an organization he worked with during his time on the hit ABC television show. Jeff visited with the team while volunteering some additional time. Habitat For Safe Seniors has made progress and is holding a holiday food fair on December 21. Anyone who wants to help is encouraged to reach out like Jeff has.

Habitat For Safe Seniors is located in Canyon Lake, Texas. This organization provides nutrition, services, home safety repairs, companionship, and environmental improvements to Comal County residents who are 55 years old or older. Those who are at 185 percent of the Texcap poverty guidelines are provided priority attention. Donations and volunteer service are always appreciated but are especially welcome during this time of year.

While taping Secret Millionaire, Jeff volunteered undercover with Habitat for Safe Seniors. His first task was building a wheelchair ramp for a man experiencing difficulty getting in and out of his home. This seemed like a small job compared to what came next: loading groceries into 120 cars for delivery to income-restricted local seniors. When the time came to reveal himself and present a sizable donation from his own funds, fellow volunteers were shocked.

Jeff reported that he felt most comfortable volunteering, not donating cash earned through his Internet marketing businesses. Therefore, it is only natural that he returned to Habitat For Safe Seniors earlier this fall to volunteer. He was welcomed with open arms and quickly put to work. In just eight years, this operation has tripled in size so help is always needed with programs or staffing the thrift store, emergency pantry, or senior center.

A food fair is the next big event on the calendar of Habitat For Safe Seniors. On December 21, volunteers will be distributing food to more than 300 families. If Jeff is available, he will surely stop by to lend a hand. Jeff is a pro at distributing food, having done it during Secret Millionaire and when he visited in November. Rhonda is so thankful that someone helped fund their new warehouse and the group is now working to get enough food and separate it into nutritional categories. 

Rhonda said that Secret Millionaire put this organization on the map but donations are lacking. Many recipients also volunteer their time by serving food or perform other services. Since they cannot donate money, they donate their time and services, giving back in the only way that they can. Rhonda and the other team members greatly appreciate and have come to rely on this help.

The December 21 food fair is a joint effort with the San Antonio Food Bank. Approximately 25,000 to 30,000 pounds of food will arrive via semi-truck to be distributed throughout the county. Between 30 and 40 volunteers will be needed and will work in shifts. Extra hands will not be turned away and donations are also welcome so visit the Habitat For Safe Seniors website to do your part. 

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