Carl Goldman and Jeri Seratti-Goldman, co-owners of KHTS-AM 1220 along with Mike Mizrahi, from the Gas Company and Board Member of the Habitat For Humanity Santa Clarita/San Fernando affiliate were honored by Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean for their creation of the SCV Homes for Heroes Program.
“Tonight we would like to salute the selfless sacrifices of our brave men and women in military uniform and their families who work to preserve liberty for our country. For this reason we proclaim Saturday, November 5th 2011 SCV Homes for Heroes Day,” said McLean.
At the SCV Homes For Heroes community event scores of volunteers from The Gas Company, Home Depot, KHTS and local residents will descend upon the home of war veteran Joshua Murphy to repair and beautify the home he shares with his wife Windie.
For more on the Murphys, the first family selected for the Homes For Heroes Program, click here .
“We’re going to make this a community event that will become an annual event on the Saturday before Veterans Day,” Goldman said.
“I cannot think of anything that more represents the unique patriotism in Santa Clarita than this project,” said Council Member Laurene Weste.
“I’ve just got to say I am so encouraged and kind of blown away by the leadership in this community. Starting with Carl and Jeri Goldman here and others they’re kind of coming out of the woodwork. Everyone in Santa Clarita who is contributing to this project and making it a reality is just to be commended. Your community is really something,” said Mizrahi.
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The SCV Homes for Heroes is a three-phase program:
A Brush With Kindness -- Sponsored by Southern California Gas Company, this program brings together donated materials, volunteers, and resources to help veterans who need repairs or modifications on their existing homes.
Neighborhood Revitalization -- Working with partners and the City of Santa Clarita, this phase will focus on renovating foreclosed properties in redevelopment areas selected by the city for veteran families to purchase. Veterans will work alongside volunteers and builders to rehab their home as well as take advantage of financial and other educational workshops. Entire neighborhoods will be transformed through additional Brush With Kindness efforts.
Veteran “Enriched” Neighborhood -- This phase, which will launch at a later date, will offer life skills to veterans and their families to become self-sufficient. The Enriched Neighborhood model brings social and educational services into a neighborhood. The goal is to build a veteran-specific community in the Santa Clarita Valley.
“We will have an entire village here for vets in the next few years. That’s the goal. That’s our vision and that will become a reality because of this community. So I thank you for helping us launch this. We’ll see all of you and invite all of you to join us on November 5th,” said Goldman.
For more information about SCV Homes for Heroes, or to volunteer go to www.HabitatSCV.org , or call (818) 884-8808.