LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster and Habitat for Humanity San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys (SF/SCV) have partnered to kick-off the organization’s “Habitat for Heroes” program, reaching the Antelope Valley through the City’s 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
On Saturday, January 19, local veteran Robert Primeaux will receive “A Brush with Kindness” through the SCV Habitat for Heroes program, where volunteers will paint, repair, landscape and weatherize the low-income veteran’s home.
Primeaux was recently honored in Washington, D.C. at the Vietnam Wall Celebration as one of the few remaining 100% disabled veterans from the Vietnam War. Earlier this year, Primeaux’s home experienced water damage; and while the cause of the damage has been repaired, all of the flooring, padding and carpeting needed to be removed. As a result, Primeaux has been unable to live in his own home.
The “Habitat for Heroes” program is an effort by Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV which focuses on ensuring veterans are supported through home modifications, education, and accommodating services that will help prevent them from common house-related problems that veterans face and often lead to homelessness. Through the program, and the hard work of 25 volunteers from the Antelope Valley’s C.S.D.I., Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation, Primeaux and his son will be able to move back into their home after this commemorative day of service.
What began as a single day of service in Lancaster has quickly grown into an entire week of community involvement and improvement across the Antelope Valley.
With more than 30 projects across 10 straight days (Monday, January 14-Wednesday, January 23, 2013), the City of Lancaster’s 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service has projects for all group sizes, families, and individuals of all ages. Volunteer with the click of your mouse at www.cityoflancasterca.org/mlkday.
For more information, contact the City’s Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at (661) 723-6077. City Hall hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)