Zero Day was founded in December 2012 by Chuck Embs and Tim Hunnicutt in Chuck’s business office in Dewitt Michigan. Chuck and Tim were two men that were passionate and committed to providing careers for Veterans. They were inspired to create Zero Day after learning about the large amount of homeless Veterans living in the Lansing, Michigan area and that were sheltered at the Volunteers of America Homeless Shelter. Equally important, was the individualized needs, and lack of connectivity to appropriate resources. Chuck and Tim went to work immediately, forming the company and within 1 month, Zero Day had recruited a team of Veterans to start working construction projects in the Lansing and Ann Arbor area. By May of 2013, Zero Day found its first home, in the 100+ year old former Genesee Street Elementary school located in the shadow of Michigan’s State Capitol building in downtown Lansing. In addition to serving as the operations headquarters for Zero Day’s social enterprise and training programs, the 28,000 square foot facility was also home to Zero Day Support Services.
Throughout the rest of 2013 and through 2014, Zero Day had completed 312 community revitalization projects throughout Michigan and the surrounding states. Over 85 Veterans earned new certifications and entered rewarding careers through Zero Day services.
In the Fall of 2014, Zero Day moved to its present location at the Silver Star Veteran Community in Battle Creek, Michigan, adjacent to the Battle Creek Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Here Zero Day Veterans are able to gain valuable on the job experience and vocational certifications (plus career coaching, volunteer opportunities, recreation, counseling, VSO assistance, employment, financial assistance, camaraderie).