News from The Veteran Homestead Inc.

News from The Veteran Homestead Inc.


Over these last few (and busy) months, I have been constantly reminded about how extremely honored I am to know and work with all of you who support the Veteran Homestead. We have been so lucky over the years to be able to build relationships with some amazing volunteers and funders, with whom we have also been able to create some incredible memories with as well. So thank you for being involved with us! Thank you, each and ever one of you, for supporting our organization, but more importantly, forcaring about our veterans.

Remember, we are always looking for community members who wish to get involved with us. Because, really….they are YOUR veterans too.
Thank you also to all of the donors that keep us afloat.  It is very costly to run the stellar programs that we have for our vets, and we appreciate your kindness and support.
I hope you will enjoy the updates we have prepared for you, of what our organization has been up to for the last few months. Please remember to share this newsletter and help us build continued support of the needs of the men and women we serve.
Leslie Lightfoot
Veteran Homestead Inc.
Quarterly Success Story:  Skip
Resident Connects with Daughter after 23 years
skip and danielle

 For Gulf War era Veteran, Skip, life has brought its fair share of trials and tribulations. However, none of them seemed to be as difficult as losing touch with his daughter, Danielle, after his activation by the National Guard in the early 1990’s.

For years, Skip thought about his daughter, and attemptied to find her, always hoping that one day he would be able to see her again.

Thankfully, through the use of the social networking site “Facebook,” this wish became a reality. After 23 years of silence, Skip and Danielle were able to meet once again on Memorial Day Weekend of this year.

That day, as Skip recalls, they sat on the porch and talked for two to three hours, and have been in touch ever since. They will even be attending a funeral together to celebrate the life of Skips grandmother, at which time Danielle will be able to meet the rest of her family.

Skip has been a resident of our program, Armistice Homestead, for almost three years, and at the beginning of July he will be completing the program, and moving into his own apartment. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey and hope that he and Danielle will be able to share many years together.

Red Shirt Volunteers Galore

Keller Williams – North Central KW4U Group Help for RED Day

red shirt volunteers
On May 11, 2012, the Keller Williams – North Central KW4U group worked hard at both our Hero Homestead and North East Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Centers as they celebrated their RED (Renew Energize Donate) day. This event is held once a year.
For both programs, these amazing volunteers painted, and planted beautiful gardens at the facilities. We are so thankful for their service, and look forward to working with them in the future!
First Litter of Piglets
Donated by the Monty Broc Rotary Club
In our last Newsletter we shared a photo of a pig named, ‘Monty,’ who had been purchased with a donation by the Monty Broc Area Rotary Club, which meets at the Four Points Sheraton in Leominster. The pig was to be bred to help  with the rising costs of meat at Veteran Victory Farm in Fitzwilliam, NH.
In this edition of our Newsletter, we would like to announce the birth of the first litter of piglets (pictured left). Of the 12 piglets born, 11 survived. We are so excited to continue to be able to feed our homes with our, ‘homegrown,’ organic meat.
A huge thank you, again, to the Monty Broc Area Rotary Club!
NVTRC Celebrates 2012 Graduates
Jason and Kristi Wing are First Residents to Graduate from MWCC

On May 17, 2012 the Veteran Homestead Inc. celebrated two of our residents of the Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center!Jason, an Air Force and Army veteran, and his wife Kristi, have earned a place in Veteran Homestead history as the first two NVTRC residents to graduate from Mount Wachusett Community College.

Jason, who has a passion for  preserving our environment, earned an Associates of Science Degree in Natural Resources, while his wife Kristi received a certificate in Human Resources. Jason and Kristi plan to continue to reside in their unit at the NVTRC, while Jason moves on to study at UMass Amherst, where he will be majoring in Environmental Sciences. Jason hopes that with this education he will secure employment as a park ranger.

Destination Destaré Celebrating Comrades to be held September 30.
For the second year in a row, The Veteran Homestead Inc., in conjunction with Destare Martini bar, is planning Destination Destaré: Celebrating Comrades for September 30, 2012 from 4pm-7pm. Last years event, feautred local muscians Jazz Depot, and honored three of our communities most honorable citizens. This year, we are planning on continuing the tradition, to be held again at Destaré Martini Bar located at 320 Main St. in Fitchburg. Please save the date and look for details to follow soon!

About jbarry

I am a United States Navy Veteran. I served during the Vietnam War from 1973-1975. I was an Aviation Structural Mechanic "E". I was raised in South Boston "Southie" Massachusetts and I now live in Lancaster, MA. My interests are photography, sailing, building and repairing computers, cars, the great outdoors, traveling and now website design. I recently graduated Mount Wachusetts Community College, I received an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Technology. I have attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston State Collage and Massasoit Community College. I have a CompTIA "A+" Certificate and a CHDP title. I have retired from The Department of Revenue where I was a System Analyst. I have worked for HP under contract to The Bank of America as a Field Engineer.
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