Whole Man Ministries of North Carolina said that its partners include EME Industrial Services LLC, Gallery Builders Inc., Home Depot Foundation, Lowe’s Home Improvements Inc., Nehemiah Few, Roof Replacement Solutions, and Gwyn Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. Washington estimated the rehabilitation cost of each building at $70,000 to $ 100,000.
Whole Man Ministries has worked with the homeless over the years but had not provided housing in the past. The organization also has a church, food bank, clothing bank, computer lab, after school program, and a jail-prison-mentoring program and now supportive permanent housing for veterans.
Gerald Green, a spokesman for Whole Man Ministries, said several people are scheduled to speak between noon and 1 p.m. at the event, including Mayor Allen Joines; Sen. Earline Parmon, D-Forsyth; Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Burke; and S. Wayne Patterson, the president of the local NAACP chapter. He also said that U.S. Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, D-12th, will send representatives to the event.
Gov. Pat McCrory and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., each sent a letter to the organization acknowledging its efforts to help veterans. “As you saw, sand, hammer and fashion these apartments into comfortable homes, you all become heroes yourselves to these veterans,” McCrory stated in a letter. “Thank you for your dedication to service and to the communities of North Carolina.”
Green said that Whole Man Ministries is still accepting supplies and monetary donations for the project. Community members who wish to volunteer time or donate any item for the project can e-mail Veterans@wholemanministries.com or You can visit their website:wholemanministries.com/veterans