October 12, 2017. V2VT announced their new collaborative veterans housing program with Blount County Habitat for Humanity (BHfH) and Maryville AMVETS Post 22 (Post). “Repairs for Heroes”; repairs veterans/military mind, body, spirit and home.
From concept to execution, the program and its 1st project took 30 days to complete!Read More
September 13th – Karl Griffith suggested that V2VT meet the Executive Director of the BHfH Executive Director Kathy Jackson to discuss veteran housing.
September 15th – Karl, Kathy and Ed Junod met for a 1-hour concept meeting which concluded with a memorandum of understanding between V2VT and BHfH for a new veterans’ home repair program in Blount County. “Increasing our service to Veterans has always been a goal of mine.” Kathy Jackson
September 22nd – BHfH (Kathy Jackson & Construction Manager Doug Jenkins), and V2VT meet with Post Commander Mark Fredrick and Vice Commander Johnny Titlow. A new veteran repair five-step program was formed using V2VT’s mentoring program. The team agreed to initially repair 3 veteran’s homes. The Post identified the first veteran candidate, USMC Frank Gray who needed his roof repair so it was easy to identify the first Veteran. The Post was trying to repair the roof for over 6 months. Johnny Titlow was assigned as the veteran’s mentor. The program is owned by VTVT and the pilot program is limited to Blount County Tennessee. Once the program is executed, VTVT will expand the program to other Tennessee Counties and other Veteran Service Organization and Veteran/Military Friendly Congregations.
September 29th – BHfH’s CM Doug Jenkins inspected and submitted a repair report. The $3,800.00 proposal was prepared, submitted and funded by BHfH contractors and vendors. The proposal included removing and replacing the roof plywood sheathing & shingles and repairing damaged rafters. Gutters and downspouts were not included in the original proposal; however, the roofing contractor agreed to provide and install them at no additional cost.
October 12th – Work began and was completed the next day. Here is a link to today’s progress photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/d2wXzIvsp4zAY7Ni2
With God’s help, the three organizations came together with a simple vision: to help veterans and their families live in healthy and safe home. The mission was made possible because of two veteran/military friendly Blount County organizations’ generosity: Anderson Lumber Company and their partners, provided the lumber and roofing material and RC Roofing supplied the labor. Anderson Lumber is in Maryville and RC Roofing is in Townsend.
An integral part of the program is the body, mind and spiritual well-being of the veteran.
V2VT’s initial intake process assesses the immediate and special needs of the veteran. Inquiries about physical & mental health, depression, suicidal ideation, and VA services including Chaplain services are reviewed. After the interview, several needs were identified and a plan of action was prepared. Frank will begin the plan immediately.
All of us are grateful to God for allowing us to work collectively to help our military brothers and sisters.
This expeditious program will allow veterans to stay in their own home and improve their quality of life including the mind, body and spirit. Please join us in the mission by contributing to the Blount County Veterans’ Home Repair Program. Donate to help save lives!
We believe our heroes should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. If you are a veteran or a veteran’s spouse and need or know a veteran who needs help with a home repair please call us @ 865-336-2624 or leave a message below.