Rockville, MD. — NBC Nightly News aired a profile of the Mechanical Service Contractors of America's Project Home Again program on its July 27th broadcast. Project Home Again was featured in NBC's “Making a Difference” segment and highlighted MSCA STAR contractor HMC Service Co. of Louisville, Ky., and how its participation in the program is making an impact in their community.
The two-minute segment showed how the Project Home Again program works by filming HMC trucks as they traveled throughout Louisville.
NBC correspondent Mike Boettcher told viewers, “These magnetic posters only cost about 10 bucks a piece, pretty inexpensive. But they are a fortune in assistance to the families of the missing and they are having an impact.”
Wayne Turchetta, vice president of HMC Service and chairman of MSCA's Board of Managers, and HMC technician Eric Connelly discussed the importance of Project Home Again to their community and their company.
Becky Haueter, the mother of a missing Louisville child, who is currently displayed on Project Home Again posters on HMC trucks, was also interviewed. Haueter's daughter Amy has been missing for more than two and a half years.
“It's very heartwarming to know that there are people who don't know me, they don't know my family and have never met my daughter but they care enough to try and help,” said Haueter.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children President and CEO Ernie Allen, who also appeared in the story, believes this program is truly making a difference.
“These posters are generating leads, they're providing information that law enforcement can pursue,” Allen noted.
“The NBC story reminds us that Project Home Again is an important endeavor that directly affects your local community,” said Turchetta. “It's easy, simple and can mean the difference in reuniting a missing child with his or her family. One of the questions I had posed to me by one of my technicians was, ‘Why aren't more people doing this?’ I don't know. They should be.”
Project Home Again is MSCA's year-round community outreach program where MSCA contractor members display posters of missing local children on their service vehicles. As their vehicles travel around their communities the posters are highly visible and increase awareness of the missing child. MSCA's partner, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides MSCA with the biographical information of the missing children for the posters as well as contact information. Since the program began in 1998, MSCA contractors have displayed more than 5,000 posters of more than 200 different children, of which more than 125 have been found.