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De Anza donates to Veterans’ Village

Bettybob Williams and Laurel Lemarié
Bettybob Williams and Laurel Lemarié

De Anza Chapter DAR Regent Bettybob Williams of Solana Beach and 1st Vice Regent Laurel Lemarié of Rancho Santa Fe took donations of blue jeans, sweatshirts, baseball caps and shoes to the Veterans’ Village of San Diego (VVSD), located 4141 Pacific Highway, San Diego, on April 4.  The Chapter voted to donate up to $500 worth of goods according to the VVSD wish list.  Regent Williams purchased the items at Ross Dress 4 Less and Big 5 Sporting Goods stores in Solana Beach.

Veterans’ Village’s motto is “Leave no one behind.”  It has provided veterans a comprehensive continuum of care since 1981.  Rick Ochocki, Assistant to VP of Communications and Development gave Williams and Lemarié a tour of the facility.

As featured on “60 Minutes,” VVSD manages and operates the National Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, a 3-day event every July.  It is a nationally recognized model for serving military veterans in need, serving up to 1,000 homeless veterans and family members.  VVSD maintains a Veterans’ Rehabilitation Center (VRC), a state licensed residential treatment facility for homeless veterans’ who have substance abuse issues.   The VRC offers residents a clean, safe and sober campus-like setting.  The center individually tailors its programs with focus on the 12-Step Program, combat PTSD, co-occurring disorders and chronic relapse.  After a 30-day assessment phase, the veterans progress through phases that include recovery services, employment development and community reintegration.

De Anza members live in Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and other areas.  Meetings are held in Rancho Santa Fe.  A woman 18 years or older is eligible for membership who can prove direct lineage from a Revolutionary War patriot.  De Anza’s active lineage committee helps prospective members with their applications.  The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information, call Bettybob Williams 858-344-6233 or visit https://www.deanzadar.org.

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