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Veterans Day Grand Opening

One week ago today, we joined friends, family and folks from all around town, to celebrate a few very important events. We celebrated Veterans Day, our three new residents (who are US veterans) and the three new houses they can how call home.

It was a chilly afternoon but a large crowd of supporters, media outlets, and even a few curious passers by, came to see the ceremony.

The ceremony opened with a blessing from Father John Schopfer from the Brady Faith Center, a strong supporter of our mission since the beginning. Following the blessing, THG Executive Director, Andrew Lunetta, took a moment to acknowledge the partnerships with local organizations and contractors that made these homes possible. 

Gus Hernandez, Vice President of Operations for Hayer Hoyt Construction Company, shared how meaningful their involvement with these homes is to their work in the community. Afterwards, Syracuse University Chancellor, Kent Syverud, (a long-time supporter of THG) spoke to the importance of supporting community-based organizations like ours.  

Right to left: Bob Dougherty (THG Board Member), Ted Bauer (THG Resident), Andrew Lunetta (THG Exec. Director). Photo courtesy of Tom Magnarelli of WRVO News. 

Right to left: Bob Dougherty (THG Board Member), Ted Bauer (THG Resident), Andrew Lunetta (THG Exec. Director). Photo courtesy of Tom Magnarelli of WRVO News

The event culminated with a few special words from new THG resident, Ted Bauer. He expressed his gratitude to everyone who came out to the ceremony before cutting the ribbon to his new home.

Inside one of the tiny homes. Photo courtesy of Patty Paladino.

Inside one of the tiny homes. Photo courtesy of Patty Paladino.

The rest of the afternoon was spent touring the three homes, warming up with food catered by Dinosaur Barbecue, and enjoying the company of everyone who attended. 

Many, many thanks to everyone whose generous contributions made the afternoon a success. 

Photo courtesy of Patty Paladino.

For video of the event, please watch coverage from CNY Central or Time Warner Cable News

This year we opened five homes to veterans facing homelessness. This is only the beginning. Be sure to look out for updates as we begin building on Bellevue Ave. in the new year!