Homeless Veterans Will Soon Call Operation Safe Haven 'Home'

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FRANKLINVILLE, N.J. -

After a lot of hard work and with the help of dedicated volunteers, Operation Safe Haven will be handed over to deserving veterans within the next 60 days.

Veteran, former police officer, and Senior Pastor at Amazing Grace Ministry, Donnie Davis has been working hard on a major project he calls, Operation Safe Haven.

"As a vet and as a former police officer, no one ever calls you and just says 'thank you.' That's a fact of life," said Davis. "So, that's why I'm kind of excited today."

Amazing Grace Ministry purchased the former Village Dock Campground in Franklinville roughly one year ago. The 277-acre property, now home to Operation Safe Haven, will provide veterans with a place they can feel safe and call home.

Four micro-houses were delivered by trailer on the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend. Numerous volunteers, including K-Z Cranes & Equipment Inc., and local unions came to help build foundations and clear land so the homes could be placed. 

"As a company, Nextek Energy Management, everything we do — whether it has to do with this project or not — every time someone puts solar in the whole state of New Jersey, we donate $500 back to Operation Safe Haven," said Rich Bond, CEO of Nextek. "It's a very important piece. It's in everything that we market; we feel so proudly that we were asked to be part of this project. That's our commitment to Donnie, Amazing Grace, and Operation Safe Haven."

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are almost 40,000 homeless veterans in the United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are almost 40,000 homeless veterans in the United States.

In honor of Memorial Day, Amazing Grace Ministry will be hosting an open house on Saturday, May 27th, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 P.M. There will be tours of the property, hayrides, events, swimming, plenty of food, and more.

"This is my way, as a vet and former police officer, to take care of my brothers and sisters, the ones we promised we would never leave anybody behind," said Davis. "We're not leaving anyone behind. We get to give them a free house."


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