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.
Executive Director of Operation Rebuild Hope
Director of Marketing
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.
The proud daughter of a military family, Krystal strives to serve the Veterans of the Oregon Coast with the same passion and dedication as the Veterans who served us. She is a strong advocate for Veteran services, history preservation,
and education in all forms.
With Operation Rebuild Hope, Krystal serves as the Director of Communications. She connects media, donors, and community partners to the organization, shares their progress,
and promotes their events.
She is also active as a co-lead of the annual Oregon Coast Veterans Stand Down and the South Coast Veterans Assistance Network (SCVAN). She founded the Women Veterans of the Oregon Coast and was instrumental in the founding of SWOCC Student Veteran Organization where she was a vocal advocate for
the current Veterans Center on campus.
Professionally, she is a collaborator with the Physics and Engineering Departments at Southwestern Oregon Community College where she helps to facilitate student projects, develops community exhibits and programs, and coordinates outreach and media relations in the departments. She began her education as an environmental science student at Tulsa Community College, completed her Associates in General Studies with honors at Umpqua Community College, and currently studies Art History with a minor in Sustainability at Arizona State University through their ASU Online program.
Krystal is a single mother, a homeschool parent, and a tireless community volunteer. She has spent years as a community volunteer, serving on several committees and non-profit boards both in Oregon and in previous locations. She has been an active contributor to early childhood education, youth sports, and swimming education programs through organizations such as CARD Head Start, YMCA, and the American Red Cross. She is also an advocate for the prevention of child abuse, and the proper mental health care of Veterans. She is committed to educating, informing, and serving the community at large in a variety of roles.
Director of Communications