A Very Special Dream Home for Homeless Veteran Families

 The five-bedroom St. Paul REsidence is the first home the Minnesota assistance council for Veterans owns and operates for veteran families

The five-bedroom St. Paul REsidence is the first home the Minnesota assistance council for Veterans owns and operates for veteran families

Working in collaboration with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), Lennar and its trade partners built a five-bedroom residence to house veteran families as they transition from homelessness. Owned and operated by MACV, the home is a special place for families as they receive the support and tools they need to get back on their feet.

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The home, the latest project from the BATC Foundation, was completed in nine weeks and is the first home MACV will operate that provides housing for homeless veterans with their families.

Representatives from Lennar Minnesota, the BATC Foundation and MACV, along with Sen. Foung Hawj, Rep. Sheldon Johnson, Connie Haddeland representing Rep. Betty McCollum and Kurt Johnson representing Sen. Amy Klobuchar, shared their appreciation for the dedication and work put into the home at a key ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 9.

It may seem like a tiny drop of golden rain in the bucket to some people, but it means a lot to the people on the east side of St. Paul.
— State Senator Foung Hawj (DFL, St. Paul)
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At the key ceremony, guests were invited to tour the 3,791-square-foot home featuring five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a detached two-car garage. The MACV home is intricately designed to accommodate wheelchair access with laundry, island kitchen, great room with its full height stone fireplace, owner’s suite and private bathroom all on the main level. It also features Lennar’s exclusive Wi-Fi certified program.

As you walk through, reflect on the skill, pride and passion all the tradesmen put into this home.
— Bill Burgess, Division President of Lennar Minnesota
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The MACV home is meant to be a sign of appreciation, from all the participants involved, to the veterans and their families who have fearlessly served this country.

“This home displayed and revealed the most important things that I’m proud of, and that’s really the spirit of America and the spirit of Americans,” Burgess added.

The hope is that this home will function as a safe haven for veterans and their families during their period of transition.