Military Makeover with Montel and Rent-A-Center: The Daniels Family
As the home of the “Worry-Free Guarantee,” Rent-A-Center regularly engages in various efforts to give back to the communities we serve. These efforts include everything from our Make-A-Difference scholarship program, which awards scholarships to partners, customers, and their children, to partner with local food banks to fight back against hunger.
But the service doesn’t stop there! We also prioritize giving back to members of our armed forces and their families with flexible rent-to-own household essentials, job opportunities, and more.
Last year, we partnered with Military Makeover with Montel to give Corporal Jacob Tabora and his family the home makeover of their dreams. When given the opportunity to honor another family and partner with Military Makeover with Montel, we jumped at the chance! Get a sneak-peek into the Daniels Family, their story, and their dream home in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
What is Military Makeover with Montel
Though you may know Montel Williams for his work as a talk show host, he started his career serving in the Marine Corps and the Navy. During his time in the military, he received various honors, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander before retiring in 2010.
Today, he gives back to his fellow servicemen and women through his show on Lifetime TV — Military Makeover with Montel. As the name suggests, Montel’s show rallies a crew of home renovation experts (including Rent-A-Center) to give selected military families the homes they deserve.
About the Daniels Family
Despite COVID-19 threatening to throw a wrench in their plans, nothing could stop Lance Corporal, USMC, Michael Daniels, and his fiancée, Heather Kametler, from tying the knot back in 2020. After all, they had waited a long time and endured many obstacles and hardships before being able to formalize their union.
Lance Corporal Daniels joined the Marines shortly after September 11, 2001, serving two tours in Iraq. During his second tour, Michael and his Marines were caught in a month-long battle in the city of Najaf. While enduring continuous mortar and sniper fire, Michael tirelessly manned his weapon, effectively covering the Marines on the ground and suppressing enemy snipers.
As the days progressed and his company moved forward, Lance Corporal Daniels maneuvered his team into more favorable positions. At one point, Michael and another marine came into contact with enemy grenades. Michael carried his fellow soldier to safety before returning to fight. His actions earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Medal with a “V” for Valor for heroic achievement.
Like her husband, Heather Kametlet Daniels is a service-oriented individual who spent several years in Bangkok, Thailand, volunteering as a nurse on a medical mission. Inspired by her time abroad, Heather pursued a degree as a Neuro Intensive Care Registered Nurse. Today, she leverages the knowledge acquired through this highly competitive program to care for patients requiring critical care, including those with COVID-19.
Michael and Heather share a sense of duty towards their community and country, and the team at Rent-A-Center feels it is our duty to serve them.
How Rent-A-Center Collaborated with Military Makeover with Montel
Military Makeover with Montel partners with various expert contractors, designers, and local merchants to source the expertise and supplies needed to make dream homes a reality. The team at Military Makeover with Montel came to Rent-A-Center for the same reason many of our clients do — the top-of-the-line appliances we carry.
The Michaels family needed appliances that fit their needs, space, and style — so the team at Rent-A-Center in Deerfield, Florida, got them hooked up with a top load washer and dryer, a sleek kitchen range, and a two-door fridge complete with in-door water and ice dispenser.
The appliances provided by Whirlpool in conjunction with Rent-A-Center offer an array of technologies to help make the Daniel family’s life easy and efficient.For instance, the 4.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer comes with a handy pretreat station, Quick and Quiet wash cycle options, and an EasyView™ slow-close glass lid, among other unique features. As for the Top Load Gas Dryer with Intuitive Controls, it offers sanitizing, quick-drying, and wrinkle-preventing settings along with a hamper door that makes it easy to unload clean clothes and linens. The laundry set from Whirlpool comes in a stylish chrome finish for an elevated look.
But the fun doesn’t stop in the laundry room! The Daniels family’s new, Whirlpool kitchen appliances are also jam-packed with incredible technology. For instance, the 20-inch Wide French Door Refrigerator comes with an exterior filtered water dispenser, Whirlpool’s own FreshFlow™ produce preserver, in a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finish. The matching stainless steel electric kitchen range has a range of features. A few of these features are FrozenBake™ technology, which allows for cooking items straight from the freezer, Keep Warm setting, which does exactly what its name implies, and UpSwept™ Spillguard Cooktop makes clean-up easier than pie.
Though we’ll never be able to repay Lance Corporal Daniels and his family for their service, we hope that our partnership with Military Makeover with Montel will help them enjoy their home to its full potential.
Watch the Daniels Family’s Dream Home Come to Life
Being part of the most recent installment of Military Makeover with Montel was an honor to the entire Rent-A-Center team. After all, as a company, we believe every family should have a home that is comfortable and inviting — especially our country’s servicemen and women!
Tune into Lifetime to watch the rest of the Daniels’ story on Military Makeover with Montel, or watch the full episodes online.