Designer/Renderist: Johanna Star

Designer Shelley Amato Adorn Design Group

Designer Gale Puccinelli Creative Window Design

Designer Peggy Horvath Chartreuse Designs

Closet Designer Denise Butcho

James Martin Associates Landscaping

Interior Design Dir Carol Way Cisco, Allied ASID

On-site Pjt Manager Lt Colonel USAF Steve Bush, Ret

Architect: Thomas Buckley Architect & Associates

Lead Designer Sherri Vest, Allied ASID

Design Assistant Paul Ramoie, Student Rep ASID

Design Assistant Kyle Burkhart


Hafele of Americas

Keith Clayton Furniture, Inc

Christian Brothers General Contractors

MBL Recycling

Hank's Handyman Services

Builder's Lighting and Design

Tepper Electric - John Miller

Tom Leonard Electrical Services (veteran)


Thomas Buckley Architect & Associates

Sherwin Williams 

Brimar Drapery Hardware

Kohler - Ferguson

Lt Colonel USAF Stephen J Bush (Ret)

American Airlines

Home Depot Foundation

Team Depot Palatine

Sleep Number

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters

IBEW Local 134

Ragsdale Inc

Lutron Electronics

Premiere Systems

Rich Irsay Plumbing 

Creative Window Design

Adorn Design Group


Imagine surviving two tours in Iraq, returning home with no visible wounds of war, only to find yourself shortly thereafter confined to a wheelchair, living in your parent’s dining room in a hospital bed and showering in a temporary plywood shower in their garage. This has been the quality of life for 27-year-old Marine Sgt. Daniel Tsutsumi, an Iraq veteran living in Arlington Heights, Illinois, who awoke from a freak accident he does not remember to find he had sustained a cervical spine injury that left him in a paralyzed state.  Read Daniel's story here.

"It's just beyond what we could ever have imagined ...  It's absolutely a healing

environment."    Marine Sgt Dan Tsutsumi's mother, Barbara Tsutsumi 


There are many ways that our mission has been supported.  Without the generous discounts in services and products we never could have  completed our mission. They too play an integral part in the success of our projects by providing quality products and service. 

Construction and Trades:

​General Contractor:
GM Builders-Dean & Tony Malicki
Keith Clayton Furniture, Inc
Black Diamond HVAC
JD Concrete
Northwood Contracting
TS Masonary, Inc
Chase Upholstery
Marblecast Granite & Marble
​Mrofcza Installations 

Product Manufacturers and Companies:

C.A.I. Designs 

Lazy Boy Furniture Galleries

Heller Lumber

Floor & Decor

Owl Lumber

Alside Supply 


Pottery Barn


Making the Mission Possible: The Construction Team 

Support comes in many ways! 

  • The exterior environment is an extension of the interior: therapy gardens and a “handicap” ramp you would never know is one.

  • A bed that functions like a hospital bed but doesn't look like one.
  • Quality interior design creates a sense of value and worth in a veteran. 

  • Ownership by the veteran aids in their recovery.   ​​

  • And accessorizing with their most valued possessions is key to accomplishing that goal.  

It's all in the details.

Barn style door weighted for occupational therapy exercise. Pull designed for easy grasp. 

  • Humans sense much more of the interior than just sight, sound, touch and smell.
Humans sense much more of the interior than just sight, sound, touch and smell.
Designs that Help Recovery 

Therapeutic massaging shower system designed to stimulate nerve endings. 

Every endeavor worth doing is seldom accomplished by one individual.  The hallmark of success comes from a team of individuals  joined together working toward a common purpose. The success of our mission has been made possible by the generous 100% volunteer work or products of the following professionals, trades, and manufacturers.

Teamwork is what defines the success of a mission! 

Mission Recovery Volunteer and Donor Team 
Mission Recovery: Marine Sgt Daniel Tsutsumi 

"The entire premise of the work we do is to design an environment that will aid in the recovery of our veterans and not be a constant reminder of their disability."     Carol Way Cisco, Allied ASID

Mission Recovery Design Team