By Lauren White, RCS Reporter.
Bryan’s Home, part of Operation Rebuild Hope (ORH), is a veteran advocacy group. Based in North Bend, Oregon, they are dedicated to assisting veterans and preventing veteran homelessness and suicide. Founded in 2016 by Patrick Wright, United States Marine Corps veteran, Operation Rebuild Hope is facing a major restoration project with Bryan’s Home. And part of that restoration includes a brand new roof.
Wright purchased the building and named it Bryan’s Home after his friend Bryan Bertrand. They attended Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon together. “Both joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served overseas. However, Bertrand became the first reported casualty in Afghanistan from Coos County when he died on January 27, 2002,” The World reported.
They hope to accommodate 16 veterans in this transitional housing project. Offering a drug and alcohol-free program, Bryan’s Home will give veterans a sense of purpose and family. The Operation Rebuild Hope vision statement says, “Every veteran in Southwest Oregon will have a safe and stable built environment and feel engaged with and supported by the community.”
Needing a new roof, companies banded together to donate the required materials. According to The World, “GAF, the largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America, and Allied Building Products Corp., a Beacon Roofing Supply company, both donated roofing materials to ORH estimated at a combined value of about $11,000.”
Ronnie Long, a US Navy, and Air Force veteran, as well as a licensed contractor, oversaw the entirety of the project, including the tear-off of the old roof. Volunteers assisted with the removal of the current roof. They had their work cut out for them with over 2,000 square feet to reroof. Wright anticipates moving tenants in by August of 2020 as reported by KCBY.
Operation Rebuild Hope and Bryan’s home are dedicated to, “Rebuilding hope in Veterans lives by serving those who served us.” When the work is completed, Bryan’s Home will be a stable and safe location where veterans can receive the help they need and have a sense of belonging.
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Original article source: The World
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