This summer, the HomeAid Twin Cities, a program of the BATC Foundation and build partner Lennar worked in collaboration with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) to build a five-bedroom residence to house veteran families as they transition from homelessness. Owned and operated by MACV, the home is a special place for veteran families as they receive the support and tools they need to get back on their feet.
The project, an accessible, high-tech single-family home designed and built by Lennar and its charitable partners, was completed in just nine weeks. It is the first home MACV will operate that provides housing for homeless veteran families. It was also featured as a special Dream Home during the Fall Parade of Homes.
The progress of the MACV home was livestreamed online and gave everyone who watched a look at the hard work and dedication put into the project.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, representatives from Lennar Minnesota, HomeAid Twin Cities, the BATC Foundation and MACV, along with Sen. Foung Hawj, Rep. Sheldon Johnson, Connie Haddeland representing Rep. Betty McCollum and Kurt Johnson representing Sen. Amy Klobuchar, shared their appreciation for the dedication and work put into the home at a key ceremony.
“It may seem like a tiny drop of golden rain in the bucket to some people, but it means a lot to the people on the east side of St. Paul,” said Sen. Hawj.
At the key ceremony, guests were invited to tour the 3,791-square-foot home featuring five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a detached two-car garage. The MACV home is intricately designed to accommodate wheelchair access with laundry, island kitchen, great room with its full height stone fireplace, owner’s suite and private bathroom all on the main level. It also features Lennar’s exclusive Wi-Fi certified program.
“As you walk through, reflect on the skill, pride and passion all the tradesmen put into this home,” Bill Burgess, division president of Lennar Minnesota, said at the key ceremony.
Nearly everyone can think of a person or family member who has devoted their efforts or even their life to our country and freedom. The MACV home is meant to be a sign of appreciation, from all the participants involved to the veterans and their families who have fearlessly served this country.
“This home displayed and revealed the most important things that I’m proud of, and that’s really the spirit of America and the spirit of Americans,” Burgess added.
While in the home, residents will work with MACV case manager who give homeless veterans the support and confidence to once again find success for a brighter future. The hope is that this home will function as a safe haven for veterans and their families during their period of transition.
For more than 25 years, the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans has been assisting homeless veterans. They currently operate more than a dozen homes for single adults across the state while offering a variety of comprehensive services to help these men and women move ahead with their lives.
If you’re interested in working with the HomeAid Twin Cities, a program of the BATC Foundation as a build partner for future projects, please contact Shelly Barrett at Shelly@BATC.org.