OPERATION REBUILD HOPE

ABOUT OUR TEAM

Patrick Wright was born and raised along the Oregon Coast. He spent most of his life in Coos Bay, graduating from Marshfield High School in 1997.  After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps and completed three combat deployments to Iraq during his 14 years of honorable service as an infantry unit leader.  Upon completion of his service, Patrick, like many of our heroes, felt lost and abandoned.  He spent two years homeless struggling with post-traumatic stress and suicidal ideations. At his darkest moment, a fellow Marine, Aaron Quinonez, showed Patrick a way to heal and grow through service to the community.

 

The “Healing Through Service” model has been proven to help those who struggle with mental health issues.  The two built a home in Mexico for a homeless family in memory of their classmate and Marine Corps veteran Lance Corporal Bryan Bertrand, RADR 04.  When Patrick returned from the trip, he founded Operation Rebuild Hope, in 2016, to prevent veterans from becoming homeless. He and a dedicated team of volunteers have rebuilt roofs, built wheelchair ramps, cleaned up houses, removed debris from yards, made ADA improvements, and restored essential services (i.e. heat, water, electricity) to homes to make them livable.

Sometimes the repairs are less about the home, and more about helping the individual.  At times, Patrick and his team would simply sit down with struggling veterans in need. Connecting to Veterans and offering a sense of community is the spirit of Operation Rebuild Hope. Being a hand up from a struggling situation or just a friend who can relate to their struggles, Patrick and ORH have made a difference in many Veteran lives.

In November of 2018, Patrick noticed a property that had been abandoned for 30 years was for sale, and the idea for Bryan’s Home was born.  After working out a deal with the property owner, ORH acquired the property and began the renovations to make Bryan’s Home a reality..  After completion in August 2020 (Bryan’s Birth Month), this property will be home to 16 Veterans and their families. The home will include: 2 ADA Rooms, 2 Female Veteran rooms, 2 Male Veteran rooms, and 2 units for veterans with families.  Residents will gain personal and professional skills they need to become self-sufficient.

In 2019 Operation Rebuild Hope partnered with Oregon Coast Community Action and turned a two-bedroom apartment into a four-bed emergency housing program.  Timberwolves Den is named after 104th Infantry Division formed in Oregon and fought in World War II.  This program served nearly 20 veterans in its first year of operation.  This housing first approach addresses any addiction, mental health, or physical health issues that may have been preventing our residents from getting into permanent housing. Residents also get assistance with their VA claim, get help with housing vouchers and obtaining crucial documents (e.g. birth certificate, DD214, identification Card).

Now in 2020, Patrick and his team have set their sights on the next stage in creating affordable more permeant housing.  They already received a donation of three small homes and are currently looking for property to serve an appropriate location for a Veteran-centered permanent housing community.  This grass roots nonprofit organization is making a difference by housing veterans and saving lives.

Patrick is currently raising his two kids as a single father in the community that he grew up.  He continues to struggle with PTS and suicidal ideations, but this is how he heals.  His team and him strive to bring other veterans out of the darkness and rebuild hope and dignity is their fellow brothers and sisters in arms lives.

 

PATRICK WRIGHT

Executive Director of Operation Rebuild Hope

Photo by Tiffiany Peters

Photo by Tiffiany Peters

ANGELA ARCHER

Director of Marketing

Photo by Tiffiany Peters

Angela Archer serves as the Director of Marketing for Operation Rebuild Hope.  She is directly in charge of maintaining our image, advertising, and branding. She strives to make ORH both relevant and accessible to the community at-large. Additionally, Ms. Archer manages our Honor 22 program that raises awareness and facilitates prevention training on the subject of Veteran-based suicides. 

 Since joining the Operation Rebuild Hope team, she has been instrumental in addressing the troubles that our female veterans face.  She helped create Angel Bags that provide essential items to homeless veterans and families during harsh weather. 

Angela was raised on the Oregon Coast and graduated from North Bend High School in 1997.  She spent 12 years in the United States Air Force, and has traveled the world as Civil Engineer, specializing in carpentry and welding.  Angie is an Iraq war and Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran and knows the struggles that our heroes go through when they return home. Additionally, she understands the difficulties that our female servicewomen face both in the military and trying to connect to services as a female Veteran.

Angie began her education with the University of Maryland studying Environmental Management. She is currently enrolled at Southwestern Oregon Community College pursuing a Business Management Entrepreneurship Degree.

 

Angie returned home with her son wanting to get involved with something to help others in need.  She represents the female veteran community and plays a key role in everything the organization does.  Angela has worked with the Bertrand family and is the designer behind Bryans Home.  Ms. Archer is creating a home for our heroes and their family not just a house.    

 

Camilo (Cam) was raised in Florida and spent the majority of his life on the East Coast. After meeting his wife, he spent time near Portland Oregon and fell in love with Oregon’s landscapes, coastline, and people. He now lives in Coos County with his beautiful wife and three little boys.

After high school Cam joined the United States Marine Corps and spent his first four years as a Supply and Logistics Specialist. He briefly got out to finish his college degrees, but reenlisted after 9-11. Cams career spanned a total of seven years, two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. After his final deployment he was medically discharged due to injuries he sustained. 

Through his own experiences and turmoil, he gained an understanding and relates to other Veterans who may be going through difficult times and could use a hand up.  As a Veteran himself, he has an overwhelming passion to help other Veterans in all aspects. Since his discharge he has continued his service by volunteering with other veteran entities helping as many people as he can. 

Cam is very happy to join Operation Rebuild Hope as our first Case Manager where he can better assist Veterans and their families. He most looks forward to watching those we help grow, achieve, and flourish in their life.

“The United States of America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels. Honoring the sacrifices many have made for America in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of this country.”

 

Cam Pardo

Case Manager

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Elizabeth Wright

Executive Secretary

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    Elizabeth Wright is currently the Executive Secretary at Operation Rebuild Hope. She oversees daily operations and greets community members when they stop by.

    Elizabeth grew up mainly on the Oregon Coast, but also all over the world. Elizabeth’s father was in the Army and was stationed in Germany for five years, Missouri for two years and then finally retired and moved back to the Oregon Coast. While Elizabeth was growing up her father did two tours to Afghanistan until he was ultimately injured and medically retired while she was in high school. She witnessed first hand what PTSD looks like and wanted to do everything in her power to help. Her sophomore year of high school she decided to enroll in a homeschooling program in order to be able to take her father to various physical therapy appointments, doctors’ appointments, and balance school. She encouraged her father to push himself during his appointments and tried to help him manage his PTSD and depression. Over the course of a year he was able to go from being in a wheelchair to walking with a cane. 

     After seeing what a little bit of positivity, dedication and encouragement could do for someone, Elizabeth decided that she wanted to help other veterans reach their potential. Growing up and witnessing first hand what soldiers go through within the military and VA system it didn’t take long for her to realize that there was a severe need for help.

    Elizabeth graduated high school from Myrtle Point in 2016. She then went onto Southwestern Oregon Community College where she obtained her Associates degrees in General Studies, Science, and a Transfer degree.  While attending Southwestern Oregon Community College Elizabeth also volunteered at the Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach for a year. While doing so, she was able to meet and help several of our local veterans here on the coast. Elizabeth is currently enrolled at EOU online where she is working on her Bachelors degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Elizabeth hopes to one day become a Case Manager for Operation Rebuild Hope. 

 

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