GENTRY HOMES GIVES BACK TO VETS with Barbers Point improvements
Gentry Homes, Ltd. recently partnered with U.S. VETS to improve the non-profit organization’s Barbers Point at Kalaeloa facility so that it might better serve the nation’s veterans. U.S. VETS provides housing, employment, counseling and family services to veterans who are in need. Its facility serves 350 veterans daily and provides affordable, long-term, supportive housing and re-entry work through the organization’s signature program, Veterans in Progress.
Nearly 50 Gentry Homes employees and several of the company’s subcontractors generously donated their time, talents and building materials to assist U.S.VETS by preparing the facility site for construction and installation improvement. According to Debbie Luning, Director of Community Relations for Gentry Homes, “It was our pleasure to help our veterans through U.S.VETS. Our company recognizes the dedication and hard work that our veterans have provided to protect the citizens of our country and our freedom. Our donation is a mere demonstration of our heartfelt thanks to our military troops and the respect they deserve.”
Some of the work that Gentry Homes provided included installation of new cabinetry and cleaning the U.S.VETS dining facility and windows; installation of shelving, garment racks and organization of their donations room; weeding, conditioning and planting seedlings for the outdoor garden; cleaning and mirror installation for the on-site gym; design and construction of a new stage; and dinner preparation for 130 veterans and staff.
“We value Gentry’s contributions because it helps make possible for U.S.VETS to offer essential services that support the individuals who stood up when their country needed them,” said Dr. Kim Cook, Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Barbers Point. “As troops return home, U.S.VETS strives to be a leader in innovative programs that empower our evolving veterans population with the tools they need to become self-sufficient. If not for our community’s help, many veterans would struggle to adjust to civilian life, facing issues like homelessness and substance abuse without the support system U.S.VETS provides.”
Rick Hobson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Gentry Homes, Ltd., noted that more than 50 percent of the new homes built and sold by Gentry Homes are occupied by veterans. “Ewa by Gentry houses nearly 8,000 families and is still the most affordable place on the island to purchase a new or used home. It is an honor to provide housing to local, hard-working families and those who serve our nation,” he said.
Additional information on U.S.VETS and upcoming events can be accessed at www.usvetsinc.org/barberspoint/.