A unique partnership reunites this Wednesday through Friday at Founder’s Circle (11th and South Shirley Street) in Central Tacoma as wounded, ill or injured Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord join with regular weekday volunteers from Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for low-income, hard-working Pierce County families.
“We are humbled and honored to be working with the Warrior Transition Battalion from JBLM,” said Maureen Fife, CEO of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. “Our goal at Habitat is to help families transition out of poverty housing, and alongside our brothers and sisters from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, we will move closer to providing decent, affordable homes for six families, while honoring the service of our brave men and women in the armed forces.”
The Warrior Transition Battalion is one of 29 Warrior Transition Units created throughout the Army since 2007, providing medical care, advocacy and leadership for Soldiers and their families transitioning back to regular duty and civilian life, creating holistic healing environment for Soldiers. At the heart of the Warrior Transition Battalion is a comprehensive transition plan-a specific recovery plan for each Soldier that spans physical, emotional, career, family, social and spiritual goals.
Working with the Warrior Transition Battalion on this three-day build is just one part of Tacoma/Pierce County’s commitment to military and veteran community members. To support the partnership with veteran and active duty personnel, Habitat for Humanity International’s National Service department has awarded the Tacoma/Pierce County Affiliate of Habitat two veteran AmeriCorp VISTA members. The VISTA stipend volunteers will be charged with forging sustainable relationships with the veteran and military community that will allow our organization to serve veteran families through our home ownership program and to engage veterans and active duty personnel in transforming their communities through volunteerism.
“It’s incredibly important for our Warriors to connect with their local communities and to feel like a productive part of their communities, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity helps with both,“ said Lt. Col. Jason Wing, Warrior Transition Battalion commander. “Volunteering is a way for us to thank our incredibly supportive communities, while also helping our Warriors heal as they realize they still have much to give back.”
The Warrior Transition Battalion will be working on two of six homes at Founder’s Circle. The workday begins at 8:45 a.m., with a 15-minute break at 10:30 a.m. and lunch break at 12:30 p.m.
For more information please contact the Habitat office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 253.627.5626.