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  1. Home at Last

    June 7, 2012 by Jeff Forrest

    This past Saturday, I was honored with an invitation to a small get together in celebration of the fourth Home at Last project we are co-building with Hensel Phelps Construction in Oakland, Florida. iphone 7 phone cases slim black This gathering was exceptionally significant in that all four recipients of the homes we’ve built for Home at Last were there together, and being honored by a visit from Sergeant Major Bryan Battaglia, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The hope is that this esteemed visit will bring awareness to the amazing work that the Home at Last team has done for wounded combat veterans – at the highest levels.

    Although I get to speak at the groundbreakings and dedications, the real work comes from people like John Russo and Paul Caruana, both employees of WPC. iphone 7 phone protective cases John and Paul have been involved with putting together the teams of subcontractors and vendors who have donated so much of their time and material to make these projects possible. We cannot thank these subs and vendors enough for their dedication to make a difference in the lives of these veterans and their families.

    If you’d like to see the impact firsthand, I encourage you to attend the upcoming dedication of the home for U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jeffery Kelly this coming Saturday, August 11th at 9:30am.

    Sergeant Kelly joined the Army Reserve in 2000 and transferred from the Reserves to the Regular Army in 2006. He served three tours in Iraq between 2003 and 2008. In 2008, while traveling in a convoy, Jeff was injured by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and mortar fire. Despite a severely injured left leg, he completed his mission. Back at base, it was determined that his posterior tibial tendon was ruptured, so his leg was put in a cast and he was medevaced to the Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. apple battery case iphone 7 plus From there he was transferred to Fort Benning, Georgia. The mortar and RPG blasts also left Jeff with back problems, a brain injury and extreme chronic pain in his leg. He can walk short distances with the aid of a cane, but otherwise must use a wheelchair.

    Jeff’s home was built to accommodate his injuries and he has been involved in the design and construction of the home from day one. SGM Battaglia said it best, “Projects like these are a hand up, not a hand out.” WPC is proud to be part of giving a little something back to those who have given so much for our freedom.

    Although I’ve written about this project before, for those of you not familiar with Home at Last, here is a little recap:

    Home at Last, a special project of West Orange Habitat for Humanity, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, was the idea of William C. skech case for iphone 6 Criswell, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees. West Orange Habitat for Humanity established the project in 2007 to meet the special housing needs of permanently disabled combat wounded veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. The project is dedicated to presenting at least one mortgage-free home each year to a veteran. The projects are completed entirely by donations and in-kind contributions of construction labor and materials.

    Mission
    For battle-weary wounded soldiers, sailors, marines, or airmen, who have experienced the horrors of war first-hand, being Home at Last has its own special meaning. To those who wait – wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers – the long period of worry and anxiety for the safety of their loved ones ends when they are Home at Last. To the young son or daughter –gleefully jumping into the arms of a father or mother screaming, “I love you! I’ve missed you! You really are Home at Last” has to be a welcome home a parent will long remember. Home at Last was chosen as the project’s name because it portrayed the vision for this special project.

    Team
    William C. manchester united iphone 8 case Criswell, Founder and Chairman; William T. Curdts, Home at Last Co-Chairman, John Russo, Construction Manager, Gary Atwil, Events Planning.


  2. What do I do for a living?

    June 18, 2011 by Jeff Forrest

    What do I do for a living?

    I was asked recently what I did for a living. turtle iphone 7 phone cases mustang phone case iphone 6 iphone 6 plus full case jenuos iphone 8 case jordan case iphone 7 plus iphone 6 case boys boxing blue glitter phone case iphone 6 phone case card holder iphone 7 iphone 6 case grey and white I started to say that I’m a builder. textured iphone 6 case iphone 7 phone case for women iphone 7 phone cases double sided iphone 6 plus charging case iblason iphone 7 plus case iphone 8 keyboard case iphone 7 cases black iphone 7 phone case thin iphone 6 plus underwater case Instead I said that I provide places for people to live, be cared for, go on vacation and raise families and I do it at a company that has amazing people who truly care about what they are doing. iphone 7 phone cases ladies iphone 6 case torro iphone 7 phone cases gadgeo iphone 6 case pop art rechargable phone case iphone 7 porsche iphone 6 plus case iphone 6 plus pretty cases starry night iphone 6 case iphone 6 glitter cases ueebai case for iphone 7 I said that when we are finished building a project, that we are proud of how we worked to make sure we did the best job possible and that everyone involved will remember having a great experience. glitter silicone iphone 8 plus case banksy iphone 6 plus case iphone 6 heavy duty case gold iphone 8 silicone case front and back iphone 6 case handle basketball iphone 6 plus cases iphone 6 armor case iphone 8 bump case red The answer to the question what we do… should be why we do it. pokemon iphone 8 plus case iphone 6 plus fluffy case glitter iphone 6 case with ring tedbaker iphone 7 case iphone 8 galaxy case iphone 7 plus phone case glass iphone 7 plus phone cases football krusell iphone 6 case iphone 8 plus case green leaves iphone 6 case wedding one piece iphone 7 case We do it because we want people to enjoy every part of the building process from the moment they meet us, while we’re building it, to the time someone lives, works or plays in or on our project and many years beyond.

    That answer was galvanized in my brain and my heart last week when I attended the ribbon cutting for the first home competed at our Heroes Manor project at Camp Lejeune. tumi iphone 6 case x case iphone iphone 8 case original apple thin iphone 8 plus case see through cheshire cat iphone 6 case iphone 8 glitter phone case iphone 6 plus mophie case apple iphone 7 phone cases yellow iphone 8 phone case mandala Phase I of Heroes Manor is a military housing project on the Marine base in North Carolina consisting of 120 duplex buildings (240 units). apple iphone 7 plus case leather pink girls iphone 6 case pink rose gold glitter phone case iphone 7 iphone 8 case neo hybrid 2 iphone 7 case pink glitter matte black iphone 7 plus case iphone 8 plus apple phone case ocase iphone 8 leather case joyguard iphone 7 plus case iphone 7 case full case mate iphone 8 Although on the Marine base, WPC is working for Lincoln Military Housing, a subsidiary of Lincoln properties.

    A young Marine, his wife, and their 3-week-old baby are the first occupants of the home and were there to commemorate the completion by cutting the ribbon along with Base Commanding Officer Colonel Daniel Lecce. iphone 6 phone case gold shockproof case iphone x iphone 8 case steven brown apple silicone case for iphone 8 plus iphone 7 case rossi iphone 6 plus slip case drake iphone 6 plus case joyroom iphone 6 case quad lock case iphone 8 iphone 7 plus case torras crystal iphone 7 plus case heavy duty iphone case 8 plus (If you want the definition of a true leader and outstanding Marine, all you have to do is shake the hand of Colonel Lecce and listen to him speak. photo iphone 6 case iphone 8 plus case bumber iphone 7 phone cases black glitter wood iphone 8 plus case iphone 6 ear case iphone 7 case rose iphone 8 shockproof case green minnie mouse phone case iphone 6 iphone 8 case slash I almost enlisted on the spot.) The young Marine will be heading on his first tour of duty to the Middle East within a few weeks but he will rest easy knowing that his wife and new baby will be safe and sound living in a wonderful new home built with pride by WPC.


  3. Gratitude Built On Remembrance

    June 8, 2011 by Jeff Forrest

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed an increasing number of documentaries and TV shows on September 11, 2001 (9/11). kanye west phone case iphone 6 gold phone case iphone 6 As we approach the 10th anniversary of that life-changing day, I found myself contemplating the past 10 years and how that day changed our lives. iphone 6 plus case pattern superman phone case iphone 6 bape iphone 6 plus case ted baker iphone 6 case cases iphone 6 leather iphone 7 colour case I wont go into where I was or what I was doing on that day. floveme iphone 8 plus case touch iphone 8 case iphone 6 case bling glitter protective iphone 7 cases iphone 6 case shockproof case marble iphone 6 plus case pineapple off white case iphone 6 iphone 6 case military duty light up iphone 6 plus case We all have our own personal stories. iphone 7 plus case set iphone 8 plus phone case simpson iphone 7 case black leather iphone 6 extra protective case silicone iphone 7 case glitter But, as I reflect I realize that as a company, perhaps 9/11 made us more patriotic. iphone 8 fashion case iphone 8 plus case disney marie iphone 6 palm tree case iphone 8 plus case spigen slim iphone 7 plus case camo nillkin iphone 7 case iphone 8 case glitter case Not too long after 9/11 we added an 800 square foot American flag on the front of our corporate office. phone case for iphone 7 black iphone 6 cases with card holder iphone 7 plus phone cases water lv phone case iphone 7 iphone 7 phone cases plane surphy iphone 6 case iphone 6 card case slim iphone 7 case marc jacobs iphone 7 phone cases bride In addition, as you walk into our lobby you’ll find a plaque memorializing the events of 9/11. iphone 8 case with cover iphone 7 plus case card iphone 6 glitter cases iphone 6 phone cases for women stylish iphone 8 plus case rock case iphone 8 plus It’s unfortunate that it takes something of such a catastrophic nature to open our eyes to what we take for granted everyday; the freedom that is provided to us by so many men and woman protecting us both on our own soil and abroad.

    What has become very apparent to me in the past decade are the choices we’ve made and the added meaning behind some of our charitable activities. iphone 7 plus phone case skull iphone 7 phone case light iphone 8 case work iphone 7 phone cases wolf iphone 7 phone cases marbel Specifically, charities related to wounded veterans that hit a special cord in our sentiments. iphone 7 smart battery case mickey iphone 6 plus case cute phone cases iphone 7 sena case iphone 8 plus iphone 6 phone case with ring best iphone 8 plus case pink iphone 8 harry potter case Perhaps they have more meaning because so many young men and woman are fighting wars that were motivated by 9/11. ranvoo iphone 6 case shockproof 360 iphone 8 case iphone 6 harry potter quote case iphone 6 plus phone cases for girls iphone 6 finding dory case camouflage iphone 6 case tortoise iphone 7 case touch screen iphone 7 case And, as a result, more and more of them are being permanently injured or killed.

    We were approached a few years back by the Johnny Damon foundation to sponsor his events. iphone 7 phone cases tractor lego case iphone 6 porsche iphone 6 plus case iphone 6 case with animals The idea that Johnny was the national spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project and that a portion of the proceeds from his events goes to the WWP made us far more willing to provide support. case battery iphone 7 plus iphone 7 plus case for black for iphone 7 plus case wonder woman iphone 7 plus case And when WPC was asked to participate in the Home at Last projects, a unique effort to honor combat-wounded veterans of the present military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan by providing them with mortgage-free homes, we jumped at the opportunity. moshi case iphone 7 plus checkered iphone 8 case iphone 7 case alice in wonderland iphone 6 plus funny case iphone 6 slim leather case We’ve proudly participated in the construction of three of those homes and, without hesitation, have signed up for the fourth. iphone 7 plus cases torras portable phone charger case iphone 7 plus marbel phone case iphone 6 minion iphone 7 case iphone 8 plus case luxury jack wills iphone x case iphone 7 phone cases golden fluffy cases for iphone 7 WPC will continue to support these efforts and others with honor and patriotic commitment.

    A considerable number of lives were affected far more personally than I was as a result of the events on 9/11. belt case iphone 7 iphone 8 case disney glitter iphone 8 ulak case rubber iphone 6 case shockproof iphone 8 rubber case sushi phone case iphone 7 plus sycode iphone 7 case Yet seeing how our charitable actions affect these wounded vets adds a special sense of pride.