Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. ProgramNatural Stone Institute members have provided natural stone and fabrication services for 15 specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans through their support of the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment).

Laura Grandlienard (ROCKin’teriors), chair of the Natural Stone Institute R.I.S.E. committee and project donor, said: “Being involved with the R.I.S.E. program enables our industry to take a leadership role in supporting these veterans and their families who have endured so much to protect our freedoms. We feel tremendous pride in sharing our talents for such an important cause. It’s a beautiful feeling to say ‘welcome home’ to these heroes.” 

In addition to the homes completed since this collaboration began in late 2016, Natural Stone Institute members are also involved in ten other home building projects currently in development. To date, 41 Natural Stone Institute member companies have been involved in this program.

Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb commented: “We are honored to support this worthy cause, and are grateful that so many members across the country have stepped up to use natural stone for good.”

For a full list of donors, and to learn how your company can get involved in this program, visit

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