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BB&T Unit helping
homeless veterans project
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The BB&T Lighthouse project decided to partner with
the Homes 4 Our Heroes Project under Whole Man
Ministries to give it more momentum.
May 12 wis the start of BB&T Lending a Helping
Hand with no strings attached.
After two years of setbacks - including rotted floor
joists and lead abatement - Whole Man Ministries fin
ished refurbishing one duplex in March of this year, giv
ing two veterans a place to call home. The duplex was
achieved with the help of hundreds of volunteers, dozens
of churches and several corporations - including BB&T,
Gwyn Heating and Cooling, Winston Salem Foundation,
Home Depot and Wells Fargo.
The team has a goal of completing the BB&T and
Lowe's duplex by July 1, hoping to take two more veter
ans off the streets and receive them into permanent sup
The rehab project's estimated cost was $631,000 and
now due to the partnership with the city of Winston
Salem, many volunteers and community support has
brought the cost down to $107,000 to finish.
According to the National Coalition of Homeless
Veterans, 12 percent of the country's homeless population
are veterans, and more than 57,000 are without homes
every night. In Winston-Salem the homeless veteran pop
ulation is at 58 percent, according to the point in time
count of January 2015 by the Forsyth County Continuum
of Care to end chronic homelessness.
The BB&T chief executive officer (CEO), president,
executive vice-president (EVP) and several other execu
tives rolled up their sleeves and made a great impact on
the progress of the project, by installing floor joists, crawl
space doors and porch columns, planting flowers and
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Members of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
Greek Organizations came together for the National Pan
Hellenic Council 85th Anniversary that was held on
Sunday, May 17. The observance began with worship
service at Friendship Baptist Church and followed with an
Awards Program for Outstanding Community Service in
the church's Fellowship
The different organiza
tions of the council selected
members to be honored for
their community service
contributions. The 2015
awardces were Paul Lowe,
Lorraine Mortis, Kenny
Faulkner, Billie Matthews,
Ray Robinson, Angela
Little Sowell, Evelyn
Roseboro, Calvin Holloway
and the Nu Tau Zeta
Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta
The program concluded
with a Litany of remem
brance reading led by coun
cil president Iman Moore.
"I think it is imperative that
people in the local commu
nity are able to see that
members of Greek organi
zations can work together
for the good of the commu
nity. There were a few that
were honored for the work
they are doing in the com
munity but we will all con
tinue to promote scholar
ship, service, and uplift in
our community," stated
The National Pan
Hellenic Council is a col
laborative organization of
nine historically African
Greek lettered fraternities
and sororities. The NPHC
was formed as a permanent
organization on May 10,
1930, on the campus of
Howard University, in
Washington DC, with
Matthew W. Bullock as the
active Chairman and B.
Beatrix Scott as Vice
Chairman. The NPHC was
incorporated under the laws
of the State of Illinois in
The theme for the coun
cil is "One NPHC: Ensuring
Excellence of Our
Members and Community
Some notable activities
of the local chapter are Odd
Restoration Project. Habitat
Thanksgiving Breakfast at
the YMCA for the Less
Fortunate and, Christmas
Cards for Senior Assistance
The NPHC Founders
Day Committee consisted
of members Neisha
Daniels. Clevell Roseboro,
Norman Sanders and
Kelly King, CEO, and
Rufus Yates, senior EVP of
BB&T, led the first team of
25 BB&T volunteers on May
12. Sandy Mitchell, the
executive assistant for Rufus
Yates said, "It's great to see a
project that not only will pro
vide permanent housing, but
also the supportive care that
each veteran needs to one
day become a home owner."
John Mussolini, project
leader from BB&T Funds
Management, led a second
team of 40 BB&T staff on
May 29. He said he was very
surprised by the progress that had been made in a year.
The third BB&T team worked on the project on
Friday, June 12 and the fourth team on Friday, June 19, a
- day before the Homes 4 Heroes 5K Benefit Run.
Harold Simcox of Nehemiah's Few of Triad Baptist
Church of Kemersville, Marvin Richardson of Bridges
Handyman & Home Improvement of High Point, and
Keith Rogers of New Canaan Society helped Whole Man
Ministries coordinate the BB&T volunteers.
The annual Homes 4 Our Heroes 5K and Fun Run was
on Saturday, June 20. The first 5K run held last year had
150 participants with an overall attendance of 400 and
raised over $13,000, which helped complete the first
Kenneth Holly the project Community Developer said,
"We are grateful to have partners like BB&T and others
like them, who are coming to nudge us along the way. We
are thankful for the assistance that the community has
invested into this grassroots initiative to end veteran
homelessness by the end of 2015."
Whole Man Ministries of NC has teamed with numer
ous companies and organizations on the project, including
the Home Depot Foundation, Scott's LTO, Lowe's Home
Improvement, Nehemiah's Few, Vulcan Materials
Company, Gwyn Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and
Cooling, the James Hardie Company, Frank L. Blum
Construction Company and Wells Fargo.
Whole Man Ministries of NC established the Homes 4
Our Heroes Project after recognizing the problem of vet
eran homelessness in Winston-Salem. Homes 4 Our
Heroes' objective is to provide supportive housing to
homeless veterans through a step-by-step selection
process, and the referrals of emergency and transition
For more information about the Homes 4 Our Heroes
Project visit www.yvholemanministries.com/veteran or
Volunteers from BB&T help with the Homes 4 Our Heroes Project under Whole
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