Executive Director of Operation Rebuild Hope
Photo by Tiffiany Peters
Photo by Tiffiany Peters
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.