One of Fremont’s veterans got a late Veterans Day gift as members of the Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity cleaned his yard Wednesday morning.
The project came as a result of the Fremont Habitat becoming a veteran affiliate, according to Kesha Schuller, family services manager and veteran coordinator.
“We wanted to keep it home-based, something that we could still do for the home, and that’s how that all kind of came out,” she said. “And so I’m hoping in more years to come that people look at us as a supporter of those, and then maybe that can grow our ideas in future service projects.”
Although the event was originally planned for the week of Veterans Day, Schuller said it was further postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As many volunteers could only work on Veterans Day, Schuller said the project was mostly run by Habitat staff.
“We did have Dave Rangeloff with the Fremont Area Veterans Coalition that came out and helped us also,” she said. “And so we were able to clean up one yard for a veteran, just to complete our project for the year for our affiliation.”
The veteran assisted Wednesday served in the Air Force in the early 1960s and was nominated by his granddaughter, Schuller said.
“He was diagnosed with cancer and is just physically unable to do the yard work,” she said. “So that was the reason for his nomination from the family member.”
In total, Schuller said the project took about three hours for the team members to finish the work.
“We just cleaned up leaves, and there was a lot of sticks from the ice storm and branches and things,” she said. “And we also did some mowing as well.”
As the Fremont Habitat is new to being a veteran affiliate, Schuller said she wants to help the community understand the different veteran services available.
“Habitat for Humanity is not just here for one purpose,” she said. “There’s a lot of different things that we do in the community, and this is just one more avenue and one more specialized group that we want to help service.”
As for future projects, Schuller said Habitat is still trying to eventually build a home for a veteran, which she hopes will happen sometime in 2021.
“There’s so many different small ways that we can help veterans, and that’s our ultimate goal,” she said. “If there’s a specific need in the community, I want our community to still be able to reach out to us and ask us if there’s anything they can help or contribute with or even offer.”
Schuller thanked those who took part in the project on Wednesday and said she was looking forward to more in the future.
“I hope that people can continue to keep that on their radar, that more events and more opportunities are going to be coming available,” she said, “and we look forward to those partnerships.”
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