October 25, 2014

Veteran Given Housing Opportunity through Partnership between Habitat for Humanity and GI Go Fund

Isaac Ezirim of Newark is housed thanks to veterans’ initiative designed to link Homeless Veterans with a place of their own; Home built in Newark, NJ with help of veteran volunteers

Army Veteran Isaac Ezirim working on his new home from Habitat for Humanity

NEWARK, NJ - One year ago, the GI Go Fund and Habitat for Humanity teamed up and pledged to house a military veteran in the city of Newark, relying on fellow veterans and veteran supporters to build the home from the ground up as a way of showing their mutual respect and love for their fellow veteran.

Now, a Newark veteran is getting ready to move in to his new home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity, the GI Go Fund, and his fellow veterans.

Isaac Ezirim, an Army veteran and Newark resident, became the benefactor of a new 4-bedroom home in the city’s West Ward. Mr. Ezirim, who lost many of his personal possessions during Superstorm Sandy, was put in touch with Habitat for Humanity earlier in the year as a potential inhabitant of this home.

Mr. Ezirim was also assisted by the GI Go Fund in finding a new job, where he is working through the Rutgers Newark Veterans Environmental Training and Solutions (VETS) Program, which gives veterans the opportunity to earn pay during a yearlong training program while learning to become environmental specialists.

“Oh I cannot believe everything that the GI Go Fund has done for me,” said Isaac. “They have been so good to me, and they were so willing to help me with my situation. And now with this home from Habitat and starting a new career, I just could not be happier.”

Jack Fanous, Executive Director of the GI Go Fund, is extremely proud of working with Habitat on this project, and is working to develop future homes for veterans, including for those who are still displaced after Superstorm Sandy.

“I am so happy for Isaac, he really deserves to have this opportunity,” said Fanous. “Habitat and their team have done fantastic work for people in need for decades, and we are so proud to be working with them to help a veteran and their family access the housing they deserve. And we are looking forward to working more together to help veterans along the shore who still are without a home after Sandy to give them the same opportunity to get their lives back on track.”

With Habitat for Humanity, the home in Newark is a great opportunity to give a veteran with disabilities the opportunity to live with comfort and peace of mind. “We see this house as an opportunity to assist a deserving disabled military veteran who has served our country honorably,” said Jeffrey Farrell, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Newark. “This will soon be the proud home of a returning veteran; we will address all aspects of comfort and accessibility.”

Among the groups who assisted in fundraising for this home is TD Ameritrade, a top brokerage firm in the United States that has been a critical component to getting this home off the ground. In addition, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, the top law firm in New Jersey that has become well known for its philanthropic work for indigent people throughout the state, hosted a fundraiser for this project at their law offices in Roseland last fall to assist in building this home and developing the funding for future efforts for veterans.