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Jurupa Valley Groundbreaking for Veteran Homes

Jurupa Valley Groundbreaking for Veteran Homes
 

On the morning of October 19th, 2017, Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s project in partnership with the California Department of Veteran Affairs (CalVet) to build 26 homes for veterans and their families, was celebrated with a public groundbreaking ceremony that took place on the five acres of land at the end of Amarillo Street in Jurupa Valley where the homes will be built.

Each home will be built to EnergySTAR standards and will be a mixture of single family, single story, three- and four- bedroom floor plans. The neighborhood will also consist of a common community space in the center. In addition to home ownership, the CalVet REN (Residential Enriched Neighborhood) program offers wrap around services for the veterans and their families. This includes new home buyer educational classes and veteran specific services such as trauma informed art therapy, PTSD counseling, and military benefits training.

The ceremony began at 10:00am with a warm welcome speech by Nicholas Adcock, President of Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s Board of Directors. He was followed by the Presentation of Colors performed by the 11th Armored Cavalry Horse Detachment as Staff Sergeant Ian Inouye sang the National Anthem. Speakers included U.S. Congressman Mark Takano, State Senator Richard Roth, Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes, CalVet Undersecretary Russell Atterberry, Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chairman Chuck Washington, and the Mayor of Jurupa Valley, Verne Lauritzen.

As Mayor Lauritzen finished his remarks, Habitat for Humanity Riverside Executive Director Kathy Michalak asked the Jurupa Valley City Council and Senator Richard Roth to come join her at the podium. Michalak announced to the crowd that the street serving the new community would be named “General Roth Road” in honor of General Richard Roth who served 32 years in the Air Force and continues to serve the community in the state legislative.

The ceremony concluded with a ground blessing by Reverend Erin Thomas from the Calvary Presbyterian Church of Riverside as well as the long anticipated breaking of the ground.

(Pictured above from left to right: Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chair Chuck Washington, Jarupa Valley Mayor Verne Lauritzen, Congressman Mark Takano, Habitat for Humanity Riverside Executive Director Kathy Michalak, Senator Richard Roth, Assembly member Sabrina Cervantes, CalVet Undersecretary Russell Atterberry and Habitat for Humanity Riverside Board President Nick Adcock)

This project would not be possible without the hard work and support of all of Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s donors, sponsors, and partners. Thanks to all of them for making safe and affordable homes for our veterans and their families a reality.

To learn more about qualifying for a veteran home, please contact Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s Family Services at (951) 787-6754 x 131 or by visiting www.habitatriverside.org/veterans.