Mak­ing Waves

Cel­e­brat­ing South­west Florid­i­ans

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - DEPARTMENTS - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

ABonita Springs-based non­profit has plans to sup­port a pro­gram to build tiny homes in South­west Florida that would ben­e­fit mil­i­tary vet­er­ans. With es­tab­lished fund­ing, the Vet­er­ans Com­mu­nity Project will as­sist Op­er­a­tion Tiny Home, a Cal­i­for­nia non­profit sup­port­ing armed forces vets. The pro­gram in South­west Florida would as­sem­ble up to 25 tiny houses for vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies, likely in North Fort My­ers, says Vet­er­ans Com­mu­nity Project founder Ge­orge Tice. The Bonita non­profit had its first fund­ing cam­paign in June at the Mis­sion BBQ in Fort My­ers, Tice says, with pro­ceeds tar­geted to Op­er­a­tion Tiny Home. The village would in­clude a com­mu­nity cen­ter for vet­er­ans with health and em­ploy­ment is­sues, of­fer peer­ing coun­sel­ing and linked ser­vices, he says. Tice has also spon­sored ticket give­aways for a coun­try mu­sic event fea­tur­ing Lee Green­wood; he also plans to open a thrift shop in South­west Florida, pro­ceeds from that ven­ture also used to­ward vet pro­grams, he says. Tice is a U.S. Army vet who served in Desert Storm/Desert Shield cam­paigns in the 1990s. “It’s hard to get vets to take any­thing,” Tice says. “I want to an­swer that call.”

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