Ministry — Event will gather military members for build day and highlight the organizations efforts to support vets

Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity is inviting local veterans, enlisted personnel and supporters in the community to participate in its first-ever Veterans Build event Nov. 9 to support members of the military and their families and help spread the word about the services it offers to them.

Habitat for Humanity Inter­national started the Veterans Build program in 2011 to support and honor existing and retired military members and their families by offering affordable housing options, critical repair solutions, opportunities for volunteering, leadership and employment.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 at current New­berg Area Habitat build site, 1309 E. Ninth St.

“It’s a regular build day, but we wanted to highlight it because a lot of people don’t know we have the program through Habitat Inter­na­tional,” volunteer coordinator Lisa Thomas said. “We want to put more awareness out in the community that we’re here to help.”

Part of the Habitat Inter­national initiative is Repair Corps, a program funded by Home Depot that offers critical home repairs such as wheelchair ramps, wider doorways and structural improvements to military veterans.

Thomas said that although Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity has done projects for veterans in the past, like installing a wheelchair ramp, it hadn’t yet participated in the Veterans Build or Repair Corps programs yet. She added that the local group has recently received referrals from the Veterans Administration and specific projects benefitting local vets are currently in the application phase.

Thomas has invited several representatives from the military community, including Yamhill County veterans service officer Jerry Wilson and members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, to participate. Newberg Fire Department Chaplain Bill Larson will be on hand to say a prayer over the build and for veterans in general.

“Hopefully, we’ll get the community to support it,” executive director Rick Rogers said. “We certainly like the notion of supporting the veterans and doing all we can to recognize them, so we’re happy for that.”

Those interested in volunteering at the event or for Habitat in general should call Thomas at 503-537-9938. For more information, visit www.newberg

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