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9/24/11 — Goodwill dedicates regions first Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing Community

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_R – Cecil McNally (Goodwill, Executive Director), Pam Cuthbert (Goodwill, VA Program Director), Denise Deitzen (Director of Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center), Glenn Hirt (Goodwill, Board Member), State Representative Ray Franz (Vice Chair of the House of Military and Veterans Affairs Committee), Ralph Soffredine (Goodwill Chairman of the Board), Mary Stanton (Goodwill Board Member), Robert Zimmerman (Goodwill Board Member), Jan Warren (Goodwill Board Member), Mike Hornby (Goodwill Board Member), Louis Czubak (Goodwill Board Member), Bill Hardiman, (Director, Interagency Collaboration and Reengineering, DHS), Jason Allen(Senior Deputy Director for Veterans Affairs), Renee Williams (Huntington National Bank), John Bales (Goodwill Board Member), Joe Keyes (Leathernecks)

Goodwill was pleased to dedicate the region’s first Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing Community, known as Patriots Place in Gaylord, Michigan, September 24, 2011. Click here for dedication photos.

The dedication and open house of the four duplex housing project that will house up to 24 veterans at any given time was held at Patriot Drive (Murner Rd and M-32). Approximately, one hundred and fifty community members, veterans and leaders attended the dedication.

Mr. Ralph Soffredine, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan Chairperson led the dedication, with guest speakers, Mr. Jason Allen, Senior Deputy Director of Veterans Affairs for the State of Michigan and Ms. Denise Deitzen, Director of Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center joining the celebration.

Officials from Senator Levin and Senator Stabenow offices presented the American Flag to the project with the Camp Grayling Color Guard officially raising the flag. The Leathernecks MC EGA Chapter generously provided the flag pole area monument and raised additional service flags.

The Veterans Administration has already accumulated a waiting list of veterans who are eager to move into Goodwill’s Transitional Living Community, which is expected to be open and occupied the end of October.

Click here for more information on Patriot Place.

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