Army veteran Dillion Erickson and his family received the ultimate holiday gift on December 22, 2015 from Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition (NNVC), through the donations of Nevada State Bank and the Harmon’s Heroes Foundation. Erickson and his wife officially received the keys to the Heroes Hand Up House in Fernley in a ceremony welcoming the young family home in time for Christmas.
Erickson, a 23-year old Army veteran and current National Guard member, had a big year in 2015. He and wife Vanessa welcomed twins in September and Erickson was honorably discharged in November, leaving him temporarily jobless. The struggle of a new family and changing careers created new challenges that Erickson was eager to resolve. The Heroes Hand Up House came at the perfect time for this family to get back on its feet and gain some financial guidance for a secure future.
The Heroes Hand Up House is designed to give a veteran and his or her family a year of rent-free housing while they get their lives in order. NNVC will provide counseling and assistance in finding employment, while Nevada State Bank volunteers will provide financial education on topics such as budgeting and responsible use of credit. The goal of the program is to put veterans on the path to home ownership so they can eventually qualify for a VA loan to purchase a home of their own.
The three bedroom, two bath house on Suzanne Court in Fernley was donated by Nevada State Bank in 2014 to the Harmon’s Heroes Foundation, a non-profit group established by golf instructor Butch Harmon to assist veterans. The Foundation asked the Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition to receive the gift, locate a veteran guest, and provide ongoing assistance.
After the original donation, Nevada State Bank donated additional funding and hired contractors to completely renovate the house, including removing a wall to open up the floor plan. The Builders Association of Northern Nevada and other local groups partnered with NNVC to supply materials and volunteers to get the house ready for a veteran’s family to move in. NNVC volunteers even donated furnishings.
Terry Shirey, president and chief operating officer of Nevada State Bank, shared, “We could not be happier to have Dillion and his family at home in time for Christmas. We’re proud to be a part of this program that honors the sacrifices made by our armed service members and to give one deserving young veteran that ‘hero hand up.’”
“On behalf of the NNVC, I’m so excited to have our first deserving hero and his family as guests in our Heroes Hand Up House,” said Stephanie Arroyo, co-chair of NNVC’s Heroes Hand Up House committee. “Thank you to Nevada State Bank for the donation of the home, the full remodel, and their support in this project.”
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Photo caption: Stephanie Arroyo of NNVC, Terry Shirey of Nevada State Bank, Dillon Erickson, Vanessa Erickson, Brett Palmer of NNVC.
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