In celebration of NeighborWorks Week, NPHS partnered with Wells Fargo to coordinate a Healthy Homes Build Day to repair the home of a retired Korean War Veteran residing in Hemet, California. This is part of an annual nationwide series of events coordinated and supported by NeighborWorks America. Clemente A. Mojica, NPHS President and CEO said the following about the special community event,
“NPHS is a excited about being part of NeighborWorks Week that makes an impact to local residents by helping to give back to the community. We are grateful to Wells Fargo for participating and supporting our Healthy Homes Build Day that included painting and repairing the home of one of our senior Veterans.”
Each June, NPHS participates in the national NeighborWorks Week as part of a network of over 200 local organizations mobilizing tens of thousands of volunteers, business people, neighbors, and elected civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. Groups around the country will hold more than 200 events where thousands of neighbors and volunteers will participate in community improvement project as part of the 34th annual NeighborWorks Week. The events include beautifying parks, cleaning up neighborhoods, and hosting events that educate and inform residents about financial literacy, homeownership and more.
This year, Wells Fargo provided a grant for $15,000 to support the project and 10 volunteers who helped repair the home. Jack Olree, Wells Fargo Community Relations Senior Consultant and Vice President said,
“Wells Fargo is proud to support NPHS with a $15,000 grant from our Housing Foundation’s Team Member Volunteer Program (TMVP). These grants provide financial assistance to eligible Non-Profit housing organizations whenever Wells Fargo team members volunteer and help build, renovate, paint or repair homes for low-to-moderate income homeowners. These activities are one aspect of Wells Fargo’s ongoing efforts in helping stabilize and revitalize low-income and underserved neighborhoods or areas.”
The event consisted of 10 volunteers from Wells Fargo and the NPHS team coming together to help rehabilitate the manufactured home of 89 year old, Korean War Veteran Albert Anthony in Hemet. Mr. Anthony was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 and stationed in Busan, South Korea, where he played trumpet for the First Calvary Division Band under the command of General McArthur. Mr. Anthony, now a retired widower, found himself in need of major home repairs. He still plays the trumpet and is a part-time Big Band musician in the Inland Empire.
Living on a limited income, Mr. Anthony began doing his research for home repair grants. During his search, the County of Riverside directed him to NPHS’ Healthy Homes Program. In a recent interview, Mr. Anthony shared the following about his experience with the program,
“When I was looking for funds through Riverside County, a lot of their programs were out of funding, so someone suggested that I look into the NPHS’ Healthy Homes Program. I signed up for the wait list, and to my surprise I got a call from NPHS to get the paper work started for this wonderful grant.”
Mr. Anthony required several different home repairs, with all of the work being coordinated and supervised by a licensed contractor and NPHS’ Design and Construction Manager. Volunteer team members helped replace deteriorated wood, painted the exterior of the home, repainted the driveway, and installed hand rails. Mr. Anthony shared about the experience and what this grant and volunteer work meant to him,
“I was blessed to have been selected for this grant. Everything worked out beautifully, the coordination was excellent and the people who came out to work did an exceptional job on all of the repairs. My house is now a show piece, everyone is calling it the bright spot of the park.”
“I would absolutely and whole heartedly recommend NPHS to anyone that would ask! I am eternally grateful for everything that NPHS has done for me.”