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Press Release

Navy Veteran Enters Operation Homefront’s New Transitional Housing Program in Winchester, Virginia
November 9, 2018

Today,Operation Homefront announced that it has welcomed U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Marye and his family into a newly-built home in Winchester as a part of the organization’s new Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration program (THCR).  Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families.

Thanks to a very generous investment from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, Operation Homefront launched THCR in late August 2018.  This life-changing program offers veteran families the stability and security they need as they transition from military to civilian life, while teaching them the skills to become self-sufficient.  Families will live in newly built, rent-free, single-family homes for a period of two to three years and will work with a designated caseworker and financial counselor to create financial, educational, employment, and personal goal plans.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the Marye family to their new home in Winchester, VA as they begin their transition to this vibrant community outside of our nation’s capital,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John Pray, president and CEO of Operation Homefront.  “Our veterans and their families face a variety of potentially overwhelming challenges during their transitions and often need a helping hand to be successful.  Operation Homefront, with the unwavering support of amazing sponsors like the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation, has been and will continue to be there for this special and deserving group of our fellow Americans.”

Matthew, his wife, Justine, and their two boys are excited to move into a new, 1,969 square-foot, four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home.  Upon move-in, the Marye family will work with their caseworker and financial counselor to improve their credit scores, pay off debt, accumulate emergency savings, understand the home buying process, and establish ties to the community.  The new housing program will give the Maryes the opportunity to live in a small-town atmosphere while they navigate their transition one step at a time.

“The fact that Operation Homefront is willing to help military families out like this is such a massive blessing,” said Matthew.  “I don’t think anyone can ever explain how just absolutely amazing it feels — the entire program is just completely awesome.”

The A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation carries on the Clark family’s longstanding legacy of dedication to those who have served in our military.  The Foundation targets its support to help veterans transition out of the military, investing in their health, education, and future.

“The services that Operation Homefront provides for veterans and their families are essential and admirable,” said Joe Del Guercio, president and CEO of the Clark Foundation.  “We are proud to support organizations that not only provide for our nation’s bravest, but do so thoughtfully and with integrity, guiding veterans and their families to real success, fulfillment, and stability as they navigate the transition to civilian life.”

For more information about our Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration program, visit OperationHomefront.org.