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Veterans Build initiative expands locally

Dylan Goetz • Jun 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Michigan has a large veteran population, so that’s what makes it a perfect destination to expand Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build, said Michael De La Rosa, a veterans engagement specialist for Habitat for Humanity of Michigan.

The Veterans Build initiative is an expansion of the former Repair Core initiative, adding volunteer, education and employment opportunities.

“The program has evolved into something larger,” De La Rosa said. “We are trying to get veterans engaged in the community, whether they have just returned from service or have been home.”

Now, the program focuses on helping veterans in more ways than just repairing homes.

Taking off in 2014, the initiative will “provide volunteer, homeownership and employment opportunities to U.S. veterans, military service members and their families,” according to its website.

Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Beth Hanis said this was a national pilot program that is just getting started locally.

“We want to thank and recognize veterans in the community,” Hanis said. “We have decided to help God’s people in need.”

The Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for veterans to help and serve locally. Contact the organization’s office at 616-846-1505 to request assistance.

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