The Yuma, AZ Guild Mortgage Branch committed to support a local non-profit superhero: @RightTurnForYumaVeterans!
At Guild, being challenged is a way of life for us, either be a complex loan scenario or competing against other lenders. In this instance, we participated in our local Yuma Association of Realtors Community Outreach Chain Challenge, in which one-by-one members and/or affiliates of the Association are challenged to support the community by donating their time to a charity or cause. We decided to support our local non-profit superhero @RightTurnForYumaVeterans.
All the team members at the Guild Mortgage branches in Yuma and Yuma-Foothills, led by ambassador loan officers Yonathan Gutierrez and Melissa Gideon-Beard, gathered basketfuls of items. They accumulated a truck-full of items containing anywhere from personal hygiene care, blankets, clothing, non-perishables etc.
The day of the delivery, we were greeted by Judy Smith and three of the veterans staying at their building. Melissa, one of Guild’s loan officer ambassadors, said “The veterans and Judy really appreciated it. The tears of joy were priceless!”
Right Turn for Yuma Veterans (RTFYV) was established in 2014 to help reduce the homeless veteran population in Yuma County. This local non-profit is a fairly new program under the Child and Family Services, Inc organization, which is a non-profit agency that has provided quality out-patient counseling services to children and their families since 1979. RTFYV offers long-term, transitional housing in a group home setting for up to 8 male veterans who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless. RTFYV provides to its veterans mental health counseling, case coordination, transportation and life coaching in the areas of healthy living, financial planning and job seeking skills.
RTFYV not only provides a roof over their head, but the support system necessary to live independently within our community. A clean, comfortable and safe environment provides veteran residents with a reliable stepping off point for their return to independence.
Additional RTFYV’s goals:
- Improving mental/physical health
- Developing financial independence
- Re-engagement with their family and community
- Obtaining military benefits
- Finding valuable employment/schooling
- Finding independent living
How you can help: