The Gary Sinise Foundation: CMG Foundation's Impact

There are plenty of financial institutions that see the world through interest rates and profit. At CMG Financial and the CMG Foundation, we intend to continue to change the way the industry and the nation’s homeowners think about mortgage finance. This is why we are proud of the relationship we have cultivated with the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization founded by actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise. The Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need through critical support programs and outreach efforts.

Their R.I.S.E. – Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment program constructs one-of-a-kind specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded veterans and first responders. These homes help our heroes regain their independence. Unfortunately, customized solutions are often accompanied by a steep price tag. And while mortgages are a big part of CMG business, we are happy to say that R.I.S.E. homes are 100% mortgage-free for their lifetime!

Part of CMG’s donation to the Gary Sinise Foundation includes $250,000 toward police officer Michael Flamion’s R.I.S.E. home, constructed in Ballwin, Missouri. Michael, a nine-year law enforcement veteran, is a decorated officer, having received recognition for his heroic actions in duty multiple times by the Ballwin Police Department.


I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents.

Which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite. When I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms.

On July 8, 2016, Michael was shot in the neck during a routine traffic stop and was paralyzed from the neck down. Michael has been in rehabilitation since that day and has worked extremely hard during his recovery.

Daily life for Michael and his wife Sarah was extremely difficult before receiving their specially adapted smart home. Michael’s motorized wheelchair, which weighs about 600 pounds, could not easily navigate the hallways, floors, and rooms of their pre-R.I.S.E. home.

The Gary Sinise Foundation completed construction of Michael’s home on November 21, 2017. It contains smooth surfaces throughout the home, wide hallways, customized bathrooms, and other modifications to help Michael regain the independence he deserves. With his R.I.S.E. home, Michael is now able to move around freely. He can control many aspects of his smart home through the use of an iPad and voice commands. He can turn lights on and off, operate appliances, see who is at his front door, and control his home’s security from his wheelchair.

“I couldn’t believe somebody would step in and build a house for us,” Michael said. “It just blew my mind. It was one thing that we’re not going to have to worry about.”

“We are thankful for our friends at CMG, and their commitment to help our wounded heroes,” said Judith Otter, Chief Operating Officer at the Gary Sinise Foundation. “Since 2014, CMG has raised nearly $3M- a significant contribution toward achieving our mission to serve and honor our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.”

CMG believes in sound investments and cannot be prouder of being a part of the home built by the Gary Sinise Foundation. While Michael’s service to his community can never fully be repaid, we are hopeful that the next phase of his life can be made just a bit easier for both himself and Sarah. 

I am absolutely honored that they did this for me.

— Michael Flamion