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More than 100 veterans and volunteers took over a courtyard and the Osay Center at Richardson Dwellings this weekend.

The Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs partnered with The Mission Continues, an organization of returning veterans who find new purpose through community impact, as well as other city and community organizations to add improvements to the community.

“Take what you have learned in the military and apply it to the community,” said Connor Mallon, a senior city impact manager for The Mission Continues, noting a veteran’s service does not stop once they no longer wear the uniform. “We are rebranding Veterans Day as a day of service.”

In one courtyard, benches and planters were built. The volunteers added rose bushes to the planters. Other existing benches were given a fresh coat of paint. In another courtyard, two picnic tables were built and a drainage issue was addressed. The Osay Center received fresh paint, spruced up bathrooms, and new bookshelves.

“We really appreciate it,” said Joyce Simmons, president of the Richardson Dwellings Resident Council. “I know you all are going to do a good job. The mission will continue here.”

Representing the District of Columbia Housing Authority’s Office of Resident Services, Community Navigator Julian Wilson said, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service and for your continued service today.”

Thank you to the participating organizations and agencies including The Mission Continues; Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs; Serve D.C.; Safer Stronger D.C., Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement; Americorps Notre Dame Mission Volunteers; and the Richardson Dwellings Resident Council.

 

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Last modified: 11/15/2018 1:15:42 PM