Cultivating connections with veterans in need
Every fall, a group of BJC Veterans Connection volunteers, along with friends and family, offer their time and teamwork to support Missouri Veterans Endeavor (MOVE-STL), an organization that provides housing to 40 veterans who were recently homeless or at risk of homelessness and their dependents. The grounds where MOVE-STL residents live is full of beautiful trees that shed a blanket of leaves.
After a few hours of raking, the BJC volunteers and MOVE-STL residents cleaned up more than 80,000 square feet of grounds. MOVE-STL provides 21 apartments and, even more importantly, a path toward rebuilding the hope residents need to achieve a better future.
“Despite freezing rain and frigid temperatures, our BJC Veterans Connection members, their friends and family, and members of our larger BJC community came out to volunteer because they understood the importance of their work to benefit this great community partner,” says Dave Rogers, BJC Veterans Connection co-lead. “Their focus on accomplishing a challenging mission in spite of adversity is the same attribute that was fostered in these military veterans during their time in service. It’s wonderful to see these veterans applying their talents to a new mission in our community, and in the process, inspiring others to serve alongside them.”
This is the fourth year the BJC Veterans Connection group supported MOVE-STL and gathered with veterans who shared their thanks for the time and fellowship.
The BJC Veterans Connection group brings together BJC team members who have served and are currently serving their country, as well as all team members who want to show their support. The group volunteers in the community together and celebrates Veterans Day as a community across BJC each November.
For more information about the BJC Veterans Connection group or to receive news and activity information, email Rogers, or Al McQueen, BJC supply chain central operations director, at VeteransConnectionGroup@bjc.org.