eFaucets.com and several of our vendor partners pulled together to help homeless veterans in Racine, Wisconsin, get back on their feet.
Through the work of the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, currently homeless local veterans will have the opportunity to stay in the James A. Peterson Veterans Village of tiny homes nearing completion on the north side of town. The 15 homes will not have plumbing, so residents will eat hot meals, take showers and utilize bathroom facilities in an adjacent community building.
Peterson was a local veteran who donated hundreds of hours to the VOW and creating the tiny home village. He was killed by a drunk driver on Father's Day 2015.
At the ribbon cutting Nov. 5, Peterson's wife and children wielded the gold scissors that officially opened the village and community building.
eFaucets.com is proud to partner with DECOLAV, Delta Faucet, KOHLER and Kraus USA to fully outfit the kitchen and bathrooms with the faucets and fixtures needed to make the VOW vision for vets come true because we all believe "homeless" and "veteran" are two words that should never go together.
"We couldn't be happier to play this small part in helping the brave men and women who serve our country," eFaucets.com CEO Mike Fox said.
Each tiny house consists of a bed, seating area, refrigerator, microwave and, of course, heat and air conditioning. All 15 homes are up and on their footings, but not all interiors have been finished. VOW Executive Director Jeff Gustin said that work should only take another week or so. Applications will be accepted as of Nov. 6, and residents will begin moving in by the end of the month.
The road to completion has been marked with fits and starts because almost all the labor and materials have been donated.
Thanks to Kraus USA, the commercial kitchen has a big sink and professional-grade faucet that are already in use.
"We love that sink and faucet," Gustin chuckled. "We can't thank Kraus and (eFaucets) for taking care of that check box on our list."
Kenya Brapham from Kraus said it was their pleasure.
"To our Veterans, a thank you. We do not know your name, although you were once a mother's son or daughter. Someone must have waited patiently for some word from you and your safe return," he said. "Now that you have returned it is our turn to help you. A prayer of thanks, we say for you and we hope you enjoy your new home. We appreciate having the opportunity to participate in this program."
Robert Mayer, President of DECOLAV, agreed.
“We are proud to contribute toward the valiant mission to help the veterans in Wisconsin, assisting in giving them a place to call home. These brave men and women have risked their lives to defend our country and freedoms, I hope this token of appreciation will support and brighten their futures.”