CMs & NFC Kickstart Wounded Veteran Home Project in VA
Originally published by the following source: SBC Magazine — December 11, 2018
by TJ Jerke and Sean Shields
A military veteran is much closer to receiving a brand new, mortgage-free home in Culpeper, Virginia thanks to members of SBCA’s Capital Area Chapter, the National Framers Council and other local businesses.
Chapter members presented a $65,000 check to Operation Finally Home (OFH) during the chapter’s November meeting. The contribution, raised through the Capital Area golf tournament, is the initial investment to kick-start the project.
“The capital area has grown to love OFH and through our golf tournament, we have had the opportunity to meet many wounded warriors,” said Gene Frogale, president of SBCA’s Capital Area Chapter and president of Annandale Millwork. “OFH is a charity that is near and dear to the hearts of many of our members.”
OFH is a Texas-based nonprofit that works around the country to provide custom-built, mortgage free homes and home modifications to veterans and widows of fallen service members.
The organization thrives on its relationships with area companies and organizations. For several years, SBCA partnered with OFH through the BCMC Build program to frame homes for wounded veterans the week before the BCMC show in the cities hosting the conference. In 2017, that relationship shifted to SBCA providing national support to OFH through its many chapters across the country.
To date, OFH has completed or is planning more than 270 homes across 30 states. With the organizations’ headquarters in Texas, the Truss Manufacturing Association of Texas also contributed over $20,000 towards the project.
Frogale said Annandale Millwork will be supplying wall panels, exterior doors, interior doors and trim for the home. The Chapter continues to help with the fundraising and will seek additional donations from the rest of the membership for additional materials.
“I’m just gratified that this enterprise is finally coming to fruition,” Frogale said. “I am also extremely grateful at the level of commitment of our members of Capital Area SBCA. I think I can speak for them when I say they are totally committed to bringing this project to completion.”