Local US Navy Veterans Receives Aid in Repairing Home
Stephen Seminole served 12 years in the United States Navy and four years in the United States Naval Construction Battalion, Seabees. With the Wyoming winter on its way, Seminole's house needed to be winterized. He reached out to The Soldier’s House of Fremont County via an application process to receive help.
The Soldier’s House of Fremont County is an organization whose mission is to bring support and free mental health services to Fremont County veterans and families. Through volunteer-driven work, they seek to honor and pay homage to veterans.
The Soldier's House recently received a grant from the LOR Foundation and fiscal sponsorship from the Lander Community Foundation to rebuild and retrofit houses. The Soldier's House used a portion of the funding to purchase material for Seminole's house. On October 13th, 2020, a group of volunteers from The Soldier's House, Team Rubicon, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints replaced the OSB plywood and insulation around Seminole's house.
The house has been in Seminole's family since 1979. He inherited the house from his late mother, Madeline Addison. He has many childhood memories of spending time with his family in his house.
Seminole said he struggled to get the materials to fix his house, but the Soldiers House stepped forward and helped.
"Growing up, I saw my mom work hard to provide for a big family. That inspired me to join the Navy and learn all I could. Now that I'm home, it's important for me to take care of this house," Seminole said.
The Soldier's House of Fremont County is always open for volunteers. They welcome veterans, and non-veterans who are looking to give back to those that served our country. If you would like to contact the Soldier's House for more information on their services, you can reach them at (307) 856-1244.
Northern Arapaho Program Highlight
Northern Arapaho Facilities is located at 686 17Mile Road Arapaho Wy 82510.
Services: propane supply, septic pumps, minor home repair (electrical, plumbing, etc.), in the near future they will deliver potable water, in the near future they will offer spray foam insulation services
Director: Otis McCabe
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Food Box Crew
Since April, Brenden Harjo has coordinated free food distributions for the community. He’s hired a crew to aid in the distribution. They have served over 63,000 people and have helped alleviate the stress during these trying times.
The food has been donated from the Jackson Hole Foundation and Wings as Eagles Ministries. The Jackson Hole Foundation donated canned food for the local elders. Wings as Eagles Ministries donated produce boxes.
The food box crew has been distributing out of the Ethete area and the 789 Smokeshop.
Rob Valdez, a crew leader, and laborer says he doesn’t think twice about helping out. It has always been like that for him. All his life, he has enjoyed helping his community and people, from young to old. Respect, dedication, listening, humor, and being humble are vital components to him.
“This pandemic is teaching us patience. We must live day by day and not rush into things. We are all family, and we must all help. While I am happy to help, the Arapaho crew has dedicated its time and hard work to food distribution. I have witnessed a lot of good things about the crew. This whole thing is about the families and the people that put themselves out there to provide for our community,” said Valdez.
Thanks to the food box crew, a population the size of Cheyenne Wyoming has been provided with food.
During the remaining month of December, the food distributions will take place at the 789 Smokeshop.
Food Bank Partners with NABC
The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies received a grant called the Culturally Responsive Food Initiative. The grant intends to deliver food to the Wind River Reservation through a partnership with the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes.
The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies works to help families thrive by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry through their programs and partner agencies.
In this alliance, the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is seeking guidance from the tribes for the most efficient way to deliver the food.
Tony Woodell, the food bank director, said they are currently looking to hire a consultant from each respective tribe.
During their first food distribution, on November 23-24th, they served around 3,000 people.
There will be another food distribution on December 21st. The delivery locations will be Blue Sky Hall in Ethete and Eastern Shoshone Housing Authority in Fort Washakie.
The Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies is conducting a survey for the Wind River Reservation residents. The survey will influence what foods will be available at the upcoming food pantries. Click the link below to complete the quick survey.