SAN BENITO, TX – A student program is looking to give back to local veterans in the community.
For the next four to six months, students at the Amador R. Rodriguez Juvenile Boot Camp and Educational Center will participate in the ‘Cadets for Vets’ program.
They will remodel an old home that was going to be demolished by Cameron County and will instead gift it to a deserving veteran.
On October the 4, 2019 community partners gather to unveil the start of the renovation. So far, the program has created 13 new homes for the community. This is the first remodeling project for the students.
“Our kids are usually pegged as troublemakers, and yes some are lost in a situation where they do poor decision making, but when they are part of this project, it boosts their ego, their self-esteem and place value that they’re giving back to the community,” says Rose M. Gomez Chief Executive Officer at the Juvenile Justice Center.
Approximately 20 students will be working on the house.
The project is a joint effort between the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department, Cameron County Veterans Service Office, the San Benito School District, Rio Bank, and the Brownsville Affordable Home ownership Corporation