One Man's Mission

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

A couple of weeks ago "The Wall That Heals" tour arrived in our area. A friend and I attended the exhibit. We each found our friends, whose memory is etched in the Wall. The exhibit was emotionally moving and did offer a form of healing & release for those who visited. 

BUT, that’s not why I’m writing today. Today I’m here to share one man’s vision for a Real Estate project in Lee, NH that will serve homeless veterans.

I’ve inserted this video & link so you can listen to and see Pete Macdonald’s story and vision. 

 

Veteran-Resort Chapel

 

 

In short, Pete is a veteran and was homeless after he returned from Vietnam, with no memory of life previous to Vietnam due to serious head trauma. From the efforts of a veteran, who rescued Pete & got him cared for at the VA, Pete has regained his life.

From the efforts of a veteran who rescued Pete & got him care at the VA Pete has regained his life and a vision. One veteran's intervention has changed, not only Pete's life but the lives of other homeless veterans. 

Pete and his family had many challenges with the community of Lee. You see, homeless veterans are largely viewed in a negative manner and Lee, NH had that challenge to overcome. Eventually, they did and are now partnering with Pete and his family. The project which will consist of 12 Tiny Homes, a non-denominational Chapel & walking trails is located on 11 waterfront acres.

Thank you for reading 

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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
 978-887-3995  ~ Office
 978-270-3037  ~ Cell
 DougDawes@KW.com

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Nina Hollander
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Hi Doug... I for one will support anything that supports our veterans. They are the true heroes of our society and too often not recognized as such.

Jul 15, 2017 03:49 AM #13
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Patricia Feager 

You got me all welled up. Sometimes the Gold Star families are overlooked. Their sacrifice is as important. Today I am attending a Welcome Home event the Boston Red Sox Foundation is sponsoring for Viet Nam Vets. 

Jul 15, 2017 05:09 AM #14
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Nina Hollander 

Veterans are ordinary people. Many were put into extra ordinary circumstances. What many have realized is we took the oath for life

Jul 15, 2017 05:11 AM #15
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Nina Hollander
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Doug Dawes ~ hi Doug... I'm not a veteran, although I know quite a few. I never thought of it in terms of taking a life long oath until you just mentioned it.

Jul 15, 2017 05:16 AM #16
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Kathy Streib
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                       Thank you Doug Dawes 

Jul 15, 2017 05:47 PM #17
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Doug, I salute your efforts to promote this very worthy cause - one that is near and dear to my heart as well. I am also from a military family and have generations of relatives who served and some who lost lives. It pains me SO to know that there are entire cities/towns who do not understand the sacrifice our servicemen (and women, of course) have made and continue to make for them, for US all!

I saw on Pete's site that the Town of Lee is now supportive of his endeavors and what wonderful news. They still have a long way to go but, it's a big step forward.

Love the site for these tiny homes and the chapel too - such a beautiful area.

Jul 15, 2017 08:17 PM #18
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Doug Dawes ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured this in her series this morning. Thank you, for letting us learn about this wonderful man who took tragedy and came up with a great idea and he's paying it forward! I'm so glad to hear he is after local Boston & NH news coverage. We need to hear more of the good of our society that the negative which always gets center stage coverage!

Jul 16, 2017 05:31 AM #19
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Doug. What a terrific story that needs to be told! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Jul 16, 2017 07:00 AM #20
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Great post!  I can see why Kathy chose to high light it this week

Jul 16, 2017 07:26 AM #21
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Hi Doug

What a powerful story and video. Glad to hear he is getting lots of press that will hopefully aid his efforts but also bring more awareness to issues many are not aware of that our veterans must cope with.

Jeff

Jul 16, 2017 09:24 AM #22
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Marte Cliff
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This man's project is what America used to be all about - getting busy and doing something about problems instead of sitting back waiting for the government to do it.

Jul 16, 2017 09:39 AM #23
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Kathy Streib 

I thank you for furthering Pete's mission. 

Jul 16, 2017 11:18 AM #24
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS 

I never knew you come from a Gold Star family. Many don't realize Gold Star families also paid a huge sacrifice.

Jul 16, 2017 11:19 AM #25
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Dorie Dillard 

I was privileged to meet Pete and learn of his mission to help homeless veterans and I am very happy that Kathy Streib is furthering Pete's mission.

Jul 16, 2017 11:22 AM #26
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Wayne Martin 

Pete's is a story that needs to be told. Had another veteran not found Pete living under a dumpster and then took him in and got him help at the VA who knows what would have become of him.

Jul 16, 2017 11:24 AM #27
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Hi Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® 

I am as happy you enjoyed the post as I am that Kathy Streib included it in her Weekly Post

Jul 16, 2017 11:25 AM #28
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Jeff Dowler 

In Viet Nam one day you were in the war and the next day you were at home with no debriefing consultation to see what your needs would be

Jul 16, 2017 11:28 AM #29
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Doug Dawes
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Yes Marte Cliff 

Pete is doing something for veterans just as 1 veteran took him in and got him the needed help from the VA. Veteran services will be regular providers to those who reside in the Tiny Homes 

Jul 16, 2017 11:30 AM #30
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning Doug.  Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story.  I hope that many other communities will find ways like this to help our vets who are in need.

Jul 19, 2017 04:32 AM #31
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Gabe Sanders 

I have heard of other efforts but they don't usually get much press.

Jul 19, 2017 06:15 AM #32
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