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Carl’s Jr., Real Estate Group Donate to Vet Housing

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Author: Paul Neville
Date: Monday, November 9 2015

   

Left: Matt Solvason of Windermere Real Estate and Jackie Hawks of Coldwell Banker present a $2,000 check from the Eugene Realtors Young Professionals Network.

Presentations made on Veterans Day as volunteers put final touches on home

In a fitting Veterans Day salute to local military vets, Carl’s Jr. and the Eugene Realtors Young Professionals Network presented donations to the Veterans’ Housing Project in a ceremony held at one of the organization’s latest housing projects off River Road.

people on porch of houseThe presentations were made as VHP volunteers put the finishing touches on a home that will soon provide affordable housing to returning military veterans. The “LTD home,” donated by the Lane Transit District, is set for completion by Dec. 1. 

Right: Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz listens as Carl's Jr. Director of Operations Brent Southan describes the fundraising efforts of employees, represented by general managers Brice Loghry of Grants Pass and Doris Pineda of Cottage Grove.

Executives from Carl’s Jr. presented a $20,000 gift to VHP, which aims to prevent returning veterans from becoming homeless by providing them with affordable temporary housing. The Realtors Young Professionals Network also presented a $2,000 donation.

kitchenLeft: Plenty of storage, counter space and natural light await the future occupants of the LTD house.

“It is so heart-warming to see how organizations in the community are stepping forward to help veterans. Both the Realtors and Carl’s Jr. just contacted us and said, ‘We want to help the Veterans’ Housing Project. Here is our contribution.’ These donations will make a difference, and we are very grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz. 

Ruiz founded the VHP in 2011, along with Terry McDonald, executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County; Roger Gray, general manager of the Eugene Water & Electric Board, and Ed McMahon, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Lane County. Since its formation , the VHP has acquired and rehabilitated a series of  low-cost, distressed properties with the assistance of community members, businesses, service clubs, public and non-profit organizations. By the end of this year, the VHP will have nine homes available for homeless vets. The units are managed by the St. Vincent de Paul, which also provides veterans living in them with case management and social services. 

Left, VHP volunteer Dr. James Moon gets a laugh from EWEB General Manager Roger Gray.

“Carls Jr. is happy to have been able to partner with St. Vincent de Paul through the Veterans' Housing Project,” said Cathleen Karcher, of Carl's Jr. “With funds raised locally through our ‘Stars For Heroes’ campaign, we are able to donate $20,000 to the Veterans Housing Project. These dollars with help a veteran receive affordable housing for up to two years.” 

Jacman painting eaveskie Hawks, chair of the recently-formed Eugene Realtors Young Professionals Network, said: “As one of our first actions, we wanted to do something to give back to the community. The Veterans' Housing Project is a perfect way for us to honor veterans in our community who have given so much and need help with stable, affordable housing.” 

Veteran homelessness is a growing problem across the nation. By some estimates, veterans make up nearly a third of the homeless population nationwide.

Contact Paul Neville, 541 743-7121 (office) or (458) 210-8094 or by email.