The Power of Giving Back
A New Lease on Life® was created by Christopher Todd Communities® to provide a helping hand up to one person or one family at a time. At this time, our philanthropic efforts are focused on veterans transitioning to civilian life. Via an essay submission with each new community we open, we select one of many deserving heroes to receive a rent-free home for a year
“It is our honor and privilege to launch this important initiative designed to positively transform the life of a deserving veteran.”
– Todd Wood, CEO
Christopher Todd Communities presented its third A New Lease On Life home during summer, 2019 to a US Air Force Veteran, who is also a wife and mother. She served four years, including a hardship duty at a South Korean air base, home to the 51st Fighter Wing approximately 50 miles from the Demilitarized Zone which separates North and South Korea. They routinely trained and prepared for a potential invasion by North Korea, with a mission of protecting the South Korean people from the threat. A family legacy drove Jessica Johnson to join the Air Force after college, following in the footsteps of her father, uncle and cousins all of whom served in that branch. She enlisted right out of high school, served four years and was honorably discharged as a Senior Airman.
Miles Morell, age 26, honorably discharged from United States Air Force after six years of service, is the second recipient of Christopher Todd Communities A New Lease on Life philanthropic outreach. He is a single father to two boys, ages seven and two, and served in Kuwait and Afghanistan in the USAF Security Forces. Living in his new home at Christopher Todd Communities At Country Place will give him a better place to raise his sons and give him a helping hand up in starting a fitness-based business. He is employed at the Veterans Success Center at Luke Air Force Base and involved with a number of veteran organizations that are helping him in many ways. Miles and his family were presented their new two-bedroom home just in time for Christmas, 2018, complete with gifts under the tree and furnishings provided by Drive By Blessings. We wish to thank and acknowledge Vets’ Community Connections and the Veterans Directory for their assistance with veterans outreach.
Jonathan Hancock, a United States Marine Corp veteran served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan, experienced the horrors of war. More than a quarter of the soldiers he served with were killed, and many more were injured. He saw the worst of the worst. And it impacted him deeply. After his honorable he hit rock bottom with excessive drinking and a suicide attempt. It was at a Veteran Affairs Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland that he came up with the idea of walking as part of his mental and physical health recovery. He wanted to walk and visit with his fellow Marine veteran brothers and the families of those who had been killed. He walked. And he walked. He walked 5807 miles in total.
From there he moved to Arizona to pursue both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Arizona State University. He acknowledges his mistakes, has been given a second chance at a healthy, quality life, and is committed to helping other veterans along the way.
Christopher Todd Properties and Christopher Todd Communities are proud to play a small part in his continuing journey.
Christopher Todd Communities’ CEO Todd Wood believes in the power of giving back in the community, delivering a helping hand up to those in need. We have formed a non-profit foundation called A New Lease On Life to connect company and community resources that can make a meaningful impact. With the creation of each new rental community, we identify a specific individual or neighborhood need and align resources to make life a bit easier or more enriched for the recipients. A New Lease On Life is more than a motto, it is a signature differential of Christopher Todd Communities.