News Release June 16, 2023
Lowell and Diane Peterson Give Major Donation to Patryot Project Foundation
Patryot Project Foundation received $370,000 from the sale of a property generously donated by Lowell and Diane Peterson. The funds will kick-off the plan to develop a site for the "Tiny Homes Village", to house homeless veterans of Arizona.
Patryot Project mission is to develop, design, engineer, finance and build as a non profit owner, a quality temporary housing campus for homeless veterans. The plan is to develop a multi- phase project of Clusters of “Tiny Homes” beginning with 100 units and building out to a 300 unit campus.
Patryot has retained the services of the nationally acclaimed award winning architectural firm RSP Architects Hq in Minneapolis to lead the design team and efforts.
The development plan is focused on a community minded Public Private Partnership strategy engaging the State of Arizona, the sponsor City and County to all act in roles specific to supporting the project. These strategic partners will provide land, and financial incentives to the project to assist in the capital structuring.
Patryot has secured the banking services of Barclays Finance one of the World Largest and oldest Banks to lead the financing and underwriting plan. The model is designed to secure 100% funding of the project through the 501(c)(3) status of Patryot Project, utilizing tax exempt revenue bonds. The State of Arizona Industrial Development Authority has also agreed to assist acting as “bond issuer” of the debt required.
The Patryot Project Foundation vision is that every person facing housing instability can experience the dignity, freedom and peace of mind made possible with safe, comfortable and a secure place to call home, especially our American veteran heroes.
“According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the VA has resources to serve only 1 out of every 10 homeless veterans.”
The Patryot Project Foundation goal is to develop, design, and build temporary housing facilities and deliver the services so badly needed.
We need your help! Join and support our Campaign for Homeless Veterans and make a difference in the lives of our Veterans.
“Providing temporary housing solutions for Homeless Veterans”
The Patryot Project Foundation will kick-off The Campaign for Homeless Veterans March 2023 with special giving opportunities for supporting our mission of providing temporary housing solutions for homeless veterans. Log on to the Patryot Project Foundation Form and give today and become a Patryot Partner, Sponsor or Member.
will enable us to fulfill the most noble cause of returning dignity and a decent life to our heros.
Troy is a well-known trial lawyer who has been practicing law in the State of Arizona since 1989. Troy’s dedication to the military stems from his Father-in-Law’s service in the Air Force in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Since 2011, Troy has been the co-chair of a major fundraiser for the Purple Heart and Helping Hands for Freedom (a Gold Star Charity) – raising more than $800,000 for our veterans and their families. Troy is chair of the Board for the Patryot Project Foundation. He has a passion for meeting the needs of the homeless population. He has served on boards and in other capacities for Set-Free Ministries, UMOM, The Wounded Warrior Project, and other services organizations.
Lee Ploszaj is President & CEO of Community Center Partners, llc, a commercial real estate development firm specializing in the development, building, financing and funding of major sports and entertainment complexes. Lee is a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) and served as an active duty officer in the US Air Force as well as 20 years in the Reserves. Lee has a vision for the Patryot Project Foundation to be a leader in providing temporary housing solutions for homeless veterans.
Eric is the CEO of Helping Hands for Freedom which assists military and veteran families with emergency financial life needs. Eric got involved with HHFF after his son returned from service in Afghanistan with a TBI and PTSD. HHFF works to prevent homelessness but when it happens Eric believes the Patryrot Project can help alleviate that.
Rebecca brings wide-ranging expertise to the Patryot Project Foundation. She has a Master's degree in Business Administration and a dual Bachelor's degree in Management and Finance. Rebecca has more than a decade of experience in politics, government, and non-profit organizations. Rebecca is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran having served in Iraq in 2008 with a DOD Task Force to improve Business and Stability Operations. She has a strong interest in Veteran disability rights stemming from her own struggles during her transition into civilian life. She will be partnering with donors to further the foundation’s goal of housing homeless Veterans in Arizona.
Scott Ryan is the Managing Member of FR Law Group PLLC, a boutique litigation firm at which he focuses his practice on all things related to the development and construction of large-scale projects. Scott is also a public company board member. As a board member of the Patryot Project Foundation, Scott is an advocate for solving the homeless problem in the veteran community.
Jackie Wallace is the CFO of Mountainside Fitness, Arizona's largest locally-owned fitness center chain with 19 locations and growing. In the CFO role, Jackie has built scalable financial infrastructures for National Franchise Brands such Redline Athletics and Amazing Lash Studio. Jackie has a Master’s Degree in Business from Grand Canyon University and is on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Chapter of Finance Executives International.
Brian Rives has more than 25 years of experience working in the residential real estate sector specifically in luxury real estate development. Brian graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering and Management. His professional career began at UDC Homes as a Superintendent where he was responsible for managing the construction of subdivisions. Brian has extensive experience in project management in major residential developments in the Arizona region. In 2000, Brian started his first custom home building company, which he sold in 2004. At that time, he established Cantabria Homes, Inc., which still develops multi-million dollar estates in the region of metro-Phoenix, Arizona. Brian is very committed to advancing the mission to provide temporary housing solutions for homeless veterans.
Since being honorably discharged from active-duty military service in 2007, Brent Bretz has been a noteworthy leader in the Veteran Non-Profit community here in Arizona. Brent was awarded the Purple Heart for his distinguished service while serving in the US Army. You may know him for his work as the President of Salute A Soldier.org, and Vice President of AZ Heroes to Hometowns. Brent serves as the President of the Patryot Project Foundation.
Beth is the Account Executive for Patryot Project Foundation and a multifaceted professional. Excelling in three distinct roles: Account Executive, Event Planner, and Life Coach. With a unique blend of skills, experience, and passion for helping veterans, she brings a fresh perspective to each endeavor. Driven by a passion for excellence and a trike desire to connect people to resources and tools designed to help them succeed; Beth seamlessly combines her roles. Whether navigating a corporate role, creating unforgettable events, or inspiring personal growth. Her dynamic skill set, and unwavering dedication make a positive impact. Her involvement with veterans and topics such as PTSD derives from her history of family in the military. This led to her studies in Hypnotherapy and Life Coaching. Beth is an active member, rider, recruiter and ride planner for RidersUSA and is also an American Legion member and rider.
Mike is a Phoenix native who grew up in the homebuilding business. In his 30-year homebuilding career he developed unique neighborhoods and built approximately 10,000 homes in the greater Phoenix area. Mike also served Arizona as the Director of the AZ Dept of Housing and Director of AZ Dept of Economic Security under Governor Brewer and Governor Ducey. Mike learned how housing and services can lift Arizona citizens out of poverty and help them become self-sufficient. He is dedicated to expanding affordable housing in Arizona. Mike is also a Board Member at First Place AZ and Home Matters to AZ.
Alan Jones is currently the Division President of Lennar Homes in Phoenix, a position that he has held for the past 17 years. Mr. Jones has been instrumental in the development of the Next Gen Home. This home is a multi-generational home that has brought National Recognition to the Phoenix Division with articles in the New York Times and Television Interviews on both NBC Nightly and CBS Morning News. Nationally The Next Gen Home accounts for over 20,000 closings. In the Phoenix Metro area, Next Gen Homes have accounted for over 3000 homes. Mr. Jones is a Lifetime Board Member of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, having served over 13 years. Mr. Jones received his B.S. Degree from Brigham Young University.
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