Saturday, June 1, 2013


Today and yesterday, I had the privilege of helping with the final details of the Fuller Center's first "Vet Build".  Over the last few months, many volunteers spent numerous hours alongside 4 local veterans who have been without homes since returning from active duty.

Eventually, each of them found themselves in transitional housing (shelters) and their journey to being homeowners began.  Through a series of incidental coincidences, a message was sent from agency to agency until it finally reached the Bob Woodruff Foundation, who (after flying down to meet with key agencies here), funded the building of four new homes.

My good friend, Noel Haacker, heads up the ReNesting Project, and got our church involved by asking us to fill the pantry of one of the homeowners.

What a fun task!!   And to make it even more fun, we knew the homeowner, Cliff, through our work with Hope House!

Yesterday, Rachel and I filled my car with non-perishables and headed to the house to fill his pantry.  The homes are wonderful--pretty, fresh, and new.

Here's Cliff's house:

And his pantry (Notice the Clif bars, front and center---lol).

Today, I took over a home-made cake (from one of the elderly ladies at church) to welcome Cliff.   Ron and I stayed for the dedication of all four homes.

It was awesome!!

Hopefully, we will be able to get in on the building portion of the next phase of Vet Build!!

Welcome Home, Cliff, Larry, Miguel and William!!

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