Donation will assist with the transportation needs of veterans at supportive housing development
Photo (left to right, back to front): Rodney Schoultes, Chuck Schultz, Julie Carter, Mark Deitcher, Bill Sweeney, Jason Owens, Bill Keyes, Ralph Nealman, Tony Gemma, Moira Rooney, Cecilia Loose, Lisa DiBenedetto, Buck Appel, Bill Pinkerton, Bob Lewis
Limerick, PA— On Friday, November 17, Patriot Chevrolet donated an 8-passenger sport utility vehicle to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 25, who in turn donated it to the residents of The Whitehall Apartments—a veterans supportive housing community in Spring City, PA developed by Mission First Housing Group.
“For the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice anything we can do to give back is huge”, said Jason Owens owner of Patriot Chevrolet of Limerick, PA as he handed over the keys to the 2006 Chevrolet Suburban Utility valued at $10,700. “Everything they have done provides the enterprise for what we have.”
Members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 25 of Collegeville including Buck Appel, Commander; Ralph Nealman, Senior Vice Commander; Bill Sweeney, Membership Chairman; Bill Pinkerton, Project Manager and Bill Keyes, Former Commander were joined by the staffs of Patriot Chevrolet and Mission First Housing Group to celebrate the generous donation.
“I think it is our duty. We are all veterans and are here to help any veterans anytime, anywhere,” Sweeney said “The DAV has a great relationship with Jason and Patriot Chevrolet and without him, a lot could not happen.”
Opened in the summer of 2017, The Whitehall Apartments was developed in response to a local need for permanent supportive housing for veterans in Chester County and a national effort to end veterans homelessness. The development features an innovative renovation of the historic Whitehall Inn as well as new construction of 48 affordable apartments for veterans in need. The building also includes a community room, fitness facilities and a computer room. The Whitehall Apartments has a live-in property superintendent and on-site support services staff to link veterans to community-based supports. The donated vehicle will assist the staff in transporting residents to various appointments and activities.
Disabled American Veterans is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 670,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 292,000 benefit claims annually.