Hundreds Volunteer to Build Home for Vets

May 10, 2012

By Lauren Mickler

EUGENE, Ore. — The Veterans Housing Project is a collaboration between St. Vincent de Paul, local contractors and other organizations.

They flip foreclosed homes and donate them to deserving veterans in our community.

The homes in Bethel will go to two Lane County veterans and their families, but first they need to be remodeled.

That process began Thursday and coincided with Keller Williams Realty’s Red Day, which brought out hundreds of volunteers looking to give back to their community.

“It’s transition housing, basically they’re coming back from overseas, or deployment,” said Nordic Homes owner and volunteer Shallum Bivens.

Crews worked on two houses that will be the third and fourth in the area to be remodeled and donated as a part of the project.

It’s a newer charity in Lane County, but one Keller Williams Realty was excited to get involved in this year for its annual community service day.

“Personally, I had a brother who served and it’s very hard for them to transition back into the community,” said Keller Williams CEO Charity Crosby.

These soon-to-be-new houses are supposed to assist in that transition and give the families a fresh foundation for their fresh start when they return home.

“For this kind of a project in this visible of a location, it really brings a lot of attention to the men and women who put a lot on the line for the county,” said Eugene City Councilor Pat Farr.

“Just thinking of the families who are going to get to move into those homes and how nice it’s going to be for them,” Charity said.

One of the nicest parts is it won’t cost the families much. The houses are provided for the families at a low rental rate for up to two years after they return home, to serve as transitional housing.

All of the work, time and materials are all donated by more than 50 different organizations who won’t see any sort of financial compensation, but they’ll see plenty of other satisfaction.

“Knowing that we can help someone who’s helped us. Even though you can’t see what the veterans have done for us, knowing what they’ve done and what they’ve sacrificed for their own families, their own time, it’s more than we could ever ask of anyone,” Shallum said.

St. Vincent de Paul will select two veteran families to move into the homes when they are finished in late June.

If you would like to get involved with the Veterans Housing Project, you can call the Homeowners Association or St. Vincent de Paul.

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