Solano County

Rebuilding Together to refurbish vets’ homes on MLK Day

By From page A5 | January 16, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Rebuilding Together Solano County is looking for volunteers and donations of materials, services or funds to help the nonprofit rehabilitate the homes of two Air Force veterans in Fairfield and Vacaville as well as the multipurpose room at a Vallejo charter school on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

These will be the 13th and 14th homes that Vallejo-based Rebuilding Together has worked on since it established itself in the area, according to Executive Director Elizabeth Hoffman.

In Fairfield, it will be rehabilitating the home of an Air Force veteran on Meadowlark Drive who lost his wife to cancer more than 10 years ago and is struggling to maintain his home while raising a 16-year-old daughter. In Vacaville, it is doing similar work on the Manzanita Drive home of another Air Force veteran and his wife who have been contending with health issues, according to Rebuilding Together  Solano County.

“We worked with Travis Air Force Base and the local veterans organizations, and asked that they nominate any recipients that they were aware of,” Hoffman said of how the two veterans were chosen.

The organization’s Vallejo project will be rehabilitating the multipurpose room for the MIT Academy, a public charter middle and high school.

Rebuilding Together is asking for monetary donations; donations of home rehabilitation services and supplies such as plumbing, electrical or carpentry; or volunteer time.

A preparation day for the Fairfield project is scheduled from 9:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at 1161 Meadowlark Drive. The Jan. 20 workday there will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The workday for the Vacaville project at 131 Manzanita Drive will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at that location.

To help out or get more information, call Rebuilding Together Solano at 580-9360 or send an email to [email protected]

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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