Delaware County Councilman Dave White, front center, presents a resolution to Megan and Robert Trinkley of Norwood recognizing their efforts to raise funds to provide housing for homeless veterans. The Homes for Heroes fundraiser is set for Feb. 24 at Barnaby’s in Ridley Township, with all proceeds benefiting the Mission First Housing Group Fund for Veteran’s housing. The Trinkleys are joined by representatives of the Mission First Housing Group.
From left: Becky Lang Staffieri of Mission First, Alfredo de la Pena, CEO of Mission First Housing Group, Councilman Dave White, Megan and Robert Trinkley, Moira Rooney. In back row: Councilman Michael Culp, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Chairman Mario Jr. Civera Jr., Councilman John McBlain, Chip Darling and Mark Deitcher, also of Mission First.
County Council commends Homes for Heroes
Norwood couple to host fundraiser to help homeless veterans, Friday, Feb. 24th
Delaware County Council recognized a Norwood man and wife for their volunteer efforts to address veteran homelessness. For the third year in a row, they are raising funds for a nonprofit that develops housing for homeless individuals, including veterans.
Megan and Robert Trinkley received a resolution for their grassroots effort to host the fundraiser Home for Heroes Feb. 24 at Barnaby’s in Ridley to raise money for veteran’s housing and the Mission First Housing Group. Robert Trinkley was inspired to do this in honor of his late father-in-law, Dan Kearney, a Vietnam veteran. In addition, Robert is a carpenter and he worked on some housing units built for disabled veterans which is how he first connected with Mission First.
Last year, the Trinkleys raised $28,000 for Mission First’s Fund for Veterans, which was used to help house seven veterans. Support from generous individuals like the Trinkleys is critical to Mission First’s ability to advance its mission and do its part to help to ensure that veterans in need have access to safe, affordable housing.
Mission First develops and manages affordable housing for people in-need and they have a special Fund for Veterans. Mission First is Philadelphia-based, but they have expanded their housing efforts to the suburban counties. Last year, the Trinkleys raised $28,000 for Mission First’s Fund for Veterans, which was used to help house seven veterans.
“In Delaware County, we believe our veterans are national heroes. We value their service and we are committed to helping them make a successful transition to civilian life when they come home,” said County Councilman Dave White. “We understand that many returning veterans face tremendous challenges, including physical and mental disabilities that are a result of their time in the service. This morning, we are proud and grateful to recognize the Trinkleys, volunteers who are working hard to help veterans who find themselves in the difficult situation of having no stable home.”
Several representatives from the Mission First Housing Group also attended including Chief Operating Officer Alfredo de la Peña who noted that support from individuals like the Trinkleys is critical to Mission First’s ability to advance its mission and do its part to help to ensure that veterans in need have access to safe, affordable housing.