Habitat Tucson’s Veterans Build – 2023
At the beginning of 2023, SACC contacted Gina Hansen, Director of Volunteer Resources for Habitat for Humanity Tucson for any projects involving Veterans, she recommended “Veterans Build” which partners with military service members, their families, and the families of the fallen to build affordable housing.
Habitat Tucson’s Veterans Build officially began in 2013 in response to grassroots Habitat efforts to serve housing needs of returning veterans. Habitat is now empowering military and veteran families to achieve the strength, stability and self reliance they need to build better lives. Veterans have an opportunity to complete the requirements of the homeownership program and purchase a new, energy-efficient home with an affordable mortgage.
On Saturday April 1st, nine SACC Pioneers (some who are Veterans, or have family members currently serving) arrived for the morning to work on a Habitat Tucson Veteran’s home being built. We were involved in the framing portion of the home. Thanks to Doug Harvey, Bernie Ramirez, Louie Rodriquez, Larry Mingo, Tyrone Carter, Pete Jaxel, Jim Bray and Tom Capajuano for spending their morning on this project. There will be another 12 homes built for Veterans later this year and we are hopeful we will be able join in. If you are interested in joining this project, please contact Cathy Greer at (520) 780-9071
Marshall Home for Men – 2023
SACC Pioneers dropped off 72 pairs of socks for the veterans at Marshall Home For men in Tucson, AZ.
Arizona Fischer House – 2023
SACC was able to provide the Arizona Fisher House some of the most needed items on their wish list, from kitchens supplies to coffee bar items and snacks. Gogi and Tom Gasper along with Cathy Greer delivered these items.
The Arizona Fisher House built in 2017, is located on the Southern Arizona VA health care system Tucson Medical center grounds, a comfort home where military or veteran families can say free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital. Fisher Houses are owned and operated by the Department of Defense or The Department of Veterans Affairs in associated with the attached hospital. There are opportunities to do group volunteering, such as decorating for holidays, or organizing the kitchen or laundry areas. Groups can also cook dinner for the house guest one evening.
Boulder Crest Arizona – 2023
SACC was proud to provide a contribution to Boulder Crest Arizona, a non-profit located in Sonoita, AZ on 130 acres, where three homes provide everything veterans, first responders, and their families need to rediscover their passion and purpose. Outdoor activities include archery, fishing, hiking, and a labyrinth walk. Guests can enjoy the beautiful views. Organized group activities, such as barbecues and bonfires, create opportunities for guests to connect with, and draw strength from, one another in this warrior’s paradise. They offer week long retreat sessions for Veterans and First Responders suffering from PTSD.
We were able to purchase 2 twin bed frames, new bedding for the main house, and blankets for 3 other rooms. Also purchased were new coffee decanters for coffee bar. The items were delivered (the twin beds alone weighed 400 pounds each) by Amazon.
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Wreaths Across America – December 2018
Saturday December 15th, Southern Arizona Pioneer volunteers headed out to East Lawn, Evergreen, and Holy Hope Cemeteries, to take part in the of the honor of laying Christmas wreaths on fallen Veterans graves. With a grant from Pioneers, 25 wreaths were sponsored at each of the 3 cemeteries. Holy Hope ceremonies included Honor Guard ROTC from Cholla High School, Honor Choir from Tucson High School, and taps played before the speakers from Tucson Gold Star mothers.
It was truly a wonderful experience for us to be able to take a small part to “Honor the Fallen”.
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