FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ron Marlette PHONE: 707-249-1611 FORMERLY HOMELESS MALE VETERANS LOOKING FORWARD TO

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ron Marlette


PHONE: 707
-
249
-
1611


FORMERLY
HOMELESS MALE VETERANS
LOOKING FORWARD
TO
NEW MEN’S
SHELTER AT MISSION SOLANO’S BRIDGE TO LIFE CENTER


September 19,

2011
, Fairfield, CA


Next

spring will bring
new hope to some of the men who have
honorably served our country through military service.
T
his morning at 9:30 a.m.
Concrete Works
will
begin pouring the
mixed
cement
provided by Syar Concrete Supply
to f
orm the foundations of two
new
critical buildings

at Mission

SOLANO’s Bridge to Life Center.


As many

construction contractors

struggle during a seemingly interminable recession
, Mission
SOLANO’s Bridge to Life Center construction project has sent much
-
needed work to nineteen local
companies

with philant
hropic hearts. This

current phase of the Bridge to Lif
e Center project involves
building
the
50
-
bed Men’s Shelter and
the
6
-
bed
C
aretaker’s Home
. Both are

partially funded by
Federal Home Loan Bank and HomeAid Northern
California. The remaining $144,000

needed to
complete the campaign provides an opportunity for charitable
givers

to place their names on different
aspects of the project
, from the Men’s Shelter
itself all the way down to the

individual counseling
rooms. It is
a

unique chance
for donors
to

leave a lasting legacy for
our

community.



It has b
een almost two years since the
first family moved into the Bridge to Life Center

back
in
November, 2009
. Since

then 227
residents, including 77 children,

have benefited from the holistic
supportive services of the campus program.
Of these, 66

formerly
homeless adult
s found gainful

employment
,

23 were reun
ited with their children, and 13

formerly incarcerated men and women
avoided going back to prison.

Ove
r 30 Veterans have called the Center home this year, including
Army Veteran Richard Pires.

Richard moved into the B
ridge to Life Center in early 2011
with his two young daughters. He was
referred to Mission Solano

from a program in Sacramento. Although
n
o beds, no facility,
and
no
assistance was available for him
in the Capital City,
he has found a place and a program to provide the
transitional help he needs to take care of his children here in Fairfield.

Through the HUD VASH
housing voucher program

and

the
comprehensive

Bridge to Life program, Richard and his daughters
moved into their own apartment in Fairfield last month. He enjoys working as the kitchen coordinator
at the Center part
-
time, while he attends classes at nearby Solano College.


In addit
ion to residential programs that offer

transitional housing and l
ong
-
term rehabilitation

for over
70 men, women and children,
Mission SOLANO
also provides

emergency shelter
for up to 98 people
each night
for
those with immediate
housing

needs
. T
he
transitional housing number will increase to
120 after the opening of the Men’
s Shelter next
s
pring
.


Mission SOLANO’s residential programs include the Bridge to Life Center for formerly homeless
Veterans, at
-
risk women
,

and at
-
risk women with children, an
d the Rays of Hope program for men in
transition.

Emergency shelter is available at the Mission’s Community Outreach Center at 740 Travis
Boulevard.


Founder and Executive Director Ron Marlette greatly appreciates all the participants’ efforts: “Mike
Ri
ce and his Miller
-
Sorg Group have stepped up to make this phase a reality at a critical time for our
city and county, and most importantly, for those neighbors in need who have no other place to turn.
Homeless veterans will be the majority of men who bene
fit from the new Bridge to Life Men’s Shelter.
These are some of the men who have fought valiantly for our freedom that now find themselves in
situations where they desperately need our help and compassion.”


Mike Rice has teamed up with Scott Sheldon of
Terra Realty Advisors, Inc. to guide the subcontractors
working on the Men’s Shelter and Caretaker’s Home. The subcontractors include: Dahlin Group
Architects, Strand & Sons Excavating, RCR Plumbing, 3
-
D Electric Company, Pacific Post Tension,
Harris & S
loan Consulting Group, Inc., Wallace Kuhl & Associates, Carlson Barbee & Gibson,
Sunshine Design, Thorpe Design, Inc., Republic Electric, Inc., Beutler Heating & Air Conditioning,
Walker Communication, Schutze & Associates, Inc. and Live Oak Landscape.


To

make a donation

for
the Bridge to Life Center Men’s Shelter and Caretaker’s Home Construction
Project
, or for more information about our programs, please contact us online at
www.missionsolano.org

or
call us at

707
-
425
-
FOOD (3663).


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