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Cassie’s Story- Veteran’s Guest House

I’m Cassie and I’m the HR/Admin manager for WETLAB.  My reasons for wanting to support our areas only veteran’s guest house is because my daughter was in the military and has utilized the VA hospital here in Reno and raves about the wonderful quality of service and care she has received there.  After all the horrible things that have been brought to light around the nation about other VA hospitals I’m very thankful that we have such a gift locally.  Unfortunately a lot of veterans have to travel a great distance to get here and then have to deal with the stress and financial burden of a place to stay on top of their medical issues.  The Veterans guest house not only provides a safe, welcoming place to stay for the vet, but also the vet’s family regardless of their ability to pay.   I am very proud of my daughter for taking on the challenges of the military and am glad for this opportunity to support her fellow soldiers.

Visit www.VeteransGuestHouse.org/donate and be sure to enter WETLAB on the “Donation Note or Organization” line. Remember, if  you donate before March 6th, 2015, WETLAB will MATCH your donation

My name is Danny Tile and I am in Business Development at WETLAB. I wanted  to share a  few of the reasons why I support the Vererans Guest House (VGH). First and foremost I’m a Vietnam Veteran. As a war veteran if I needed to have any medical procedure done, I believe that the VA Hospital in Reno is one of the best on the West Coast.  If veterans don’t live close by, it can be expensive for them and their families while they are receiving treatment; they would need to pay for a hotel room, spend money on food and gas and logistics in general. The VGH can provide temporary overnight housing (including use of the kitchen) to those veterans and their families receiving medical treatment from out of town. They ask people pay what they can afford and don’t turn anyone away regardless of their  ability to pay. Additionally,  the house is located right across the street from the VA hospital which makes getting to the hospital very easy. And finally, to have the support of the wonderful  people who run the VGH is of great comfort to these families.Veterans have kept this country free from the time of the Revolutionary War. In my opinion, this the least we can do for them.

Visit www.VeteransGuestHouse.org/donate and be sure to enter WETLAB on the “Donation Note or Organization” line. Remember, if  you donate before March 6th, 2015, WETLAB will MATCH your donation

I am the newest member of the WETLAB crew.  Going by Kat, I am an analyst on the bench team spending much of my time getting water all over the place.

During my interview process, the lab manager had mentioned how active the company is in the community.  I was beyond thrilled and impressed with just this one little mentioning. Then within the first month of my being employed with WETLAB, the 2015 big event nominations had opened.  I knew immediately that I wanted to nominate the Veterans Guest House.

Over the past six years, I have been lucky enough to spend countless hours with the men and women who make the Veterans Guest House a ‘home away from home’.  I have volunteered at multiple radiothons and poker runs as well as attended events such as Boots Meets Fashion and summertime BBQs.

Whether it is volunteering or attending one of the events, I will always walk away with stories from some of the most courageous people I will ever have a chance to meet.  I have met World War II veterans and spouses who make sure that you enjoy one of their home made treats just to see a smile on your face.  I have met Vietnam veterans whom are immigrants from Europe and the United States military was their only way to achieve the American dream.  I have met an Iraqi War veteran who has become one of my best and most influential friends in life.  I have met currently active members of our military and can only thank them for their services.

All of these men and women have given our community a chance to support the most deserving people in our country.  The least that I was able to do was bring awareness to my fellow WETLAB employees.   I am more than grateful that they have chosen to put time and effort into fundraising for this cause as well as matching all that is raised.  If you have a spare moment, please take a chance to support your veterans.

‘We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give’ — Winston Churchill

Visit www.VeteransGuestHouse.org/donate and be sure to enter WETLAB on the “Donation Note or Organization” line. Remember, if  you donate before March 6th, 2015, WETLAB will MATCH your donation

My name is Max Reynolds and I am a veteran. I was in the Air Force from 1972 until 1979.

I utilize the VA Sierra Nevada Heath Care System and see the number of patients that they care for. It is a facility in very high demand and covers an extremely large area.

One of the organizations that supports that facility and it’s veterans is the Veterans Guest House (http://www.veteransguesthouse.org). It is literally a house that is used to house family and friends of veterans that are there from to far away to drive home. Surprisingly the Veterans Guest House doesn’t utilize any government funding. This organization is in my opinion, about people helping people. They are people who believe that our veterans deserve assistance when medical care is needed. Our veterans have served our country honorably during war and peace time. They deserve whatever assistance the people of this country can provide when they are in need.

If you have the money to donate please do so. If you have the time to volunteer then please do so. You and people like you are the ones that allow the Veterans Guest House to continue helping our veterans and the people who brought them to the Sierra Health Care Facility.

Thank you to all the other veterans that have served and are serving. Also to the people that assist them when they are in need, such as the Veterans Guest House.

Visit www.VeteransGuestHouse.org/donate and be sure to enter WETLAB on the “Donation Note or Organization” line. Remember, if  you donate before March 6th, 2015, WETLAB will MATCH your donation

Veterans Guest House Support

My name is Andy Smith and I am the quality assurance manager at Western Environmental Testing Laboratory (WETLAB) in Sparks, Nevada. I’m fortunate enough to work for a company that truly cares about not only the environment for which or company exists but also the community as a whole. WETLAB donates countless hours volunteering in the community with organizations like the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful just to name a couple. This year we have also decided to “adopt” a cause as a company-wide fundraising event in order to have a focused effort to make as big of an impact as possible. For 2015 the effort is being focused on the Veterans Guest House, or VGH, located in Reno, Nevada. The VGH is a “home away from home” for families of U.S. military veterans while the veteran receives medical care in any Reno/Sparks medical facility. The house serves a 250 mile radius, and beyond, throughout Northern Nevada and California.

I have joined this fund raising effort with full force for various reasons, the same reasons you would: the wish, or quite frankly the need, to “support the veterans”. All of us have friends and loved ones who’ve served or are currently serving our country, many times far from home. WETLAB itself employs a few veterans and we have siblings and spouses currently serving so it hits close to home. A piece that always strikes me as critical is continued support for troops long after their tours or service time has ended. They have sacrificed unknown quantities for us, not just their time and efforts in the service, but things that I’ll never know. Because of this I want the support we all give to be continuous and never ending.

I have spent some time volunteering at the local VA hospital in a position of great need although on occasion a heartbreaking one.  I spent many hours in the palliative care section of the hospital which unfortunately became basically the hospice care center for many. Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses such as cancer, cardiac disease such as congestive heart failure, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and many more. The goal of volunteers like me was simply to have friendly visits with the veterans in that section. We chatted, played cards or board games, we even shared a meal or two. I was fortunate enough to spend time with many older veterans of WWII as well the Korean and the Vietnam wars. One particular gentleman, an extremely friendly man, was a veteran of the Coast Guard and was on duty at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Needless to say he had some great stories. The thought of these veterans, in perhaps their greatest time of need, having to worry about where their loved ones may be staying, troubles me. Keep in mind the nearest VA medical center outside Reno/Sparks is in San Francisco. To know that family is staying in a wonderfully comfortable house literally across the street must provide some level of comfort to those in the care of the local VA hospital. Of course the Veterans Guest House has expenses and costs that many times the veterans simply can’t afford and the house will not turn them away. This is where I, and you, can help. We can donate funds to the house and therefore the veterans. This is my way to provide un-ending support, perhaps years after the veterans have served, but also for veterans who’ve just returned home. If you donate before March 6th, 2015, WETLAB will MATCH your donation. Visit www.VeteransGuestHouse.org/donate and be sure to enter WETLAB on the “Donation Note or Organization” line.

Veterans Guest House Story

In the early 1990s, veterans visiting the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Reno noticed that windows on a car were fogged up on a cold morning.  This meant only one thing – someone spent the night in their car.  It was discovered that a wife and her children had spent the night in their car while her husband was in ICU.  This family had no other choice but to sleep in their car so they could be together while he was in the hospital.  These veterans, our founders, said “never again on our watch will this occur.”  This is when the idea for the house began.

In 1994 the “Spouse House” was opened in a 1935 bungalow located across the street from the VAMC.  This house could sleep 5 guest a night and was providing 800 guest nights a year.  It became apparent that the need to support our veterans and their families was greatly needed.

In 2002, the Spouse House name was changed to Veterans Guest House.  In 2004 a new house was built with 12 beds replacing the original bungalow.  The need for a larger home continued to grow and in 2012 a second house was open.  The Veterans Guest House provided lodging to over 5,200 veterans and their families in 2014.

This “Home Away from Home” which provides veterans and their families temporary overnight lodging while they are receiving medical treatment is privately funded and receives no government funding for it operations.  It does maintain a non-profit 501(c) (3) status from the IRS.  Donations are always welcome and the community support during the Radiothon fundraising event is crucial for our operational budget.


How I became involved with the Veterans Guest House

I was telling a good friend that I had visited my Dad at a VAMC in California and had no place to sleep but in my rental car.  I had asked the VAMC if I could take a blanket out to my car so I could get some sleep before meeting with the doctors in the morning and it was just scary to think I was sleeping in my car in a parking lot.  My friend said here in Reno we have the Veterans Guest House to support our veterans and families while they are getting medical treatment.  I knew right then that I wanted to support the Veterans Guest House.  I was asked to help with a Radiothon over 10 years ago and I have never stopped helping.  I have seen how important the Guest House is to our veterans and their families.  They know that they have a safe place to call “home”.  I am now a board member and have continued to see the need for our lodging.  The Guest House is truly an amazing place and I know every day I am supporting and giving to a fantastic organization. – Carol Langford

 

 

 

We believe that no one in the world should go hungry. In order to do something about that as a company, we volunteer once per month at the the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Our efforts help fuel the Food Bank’s mission to end hunger in the region through direct services, advocacy, outreach and education. Our entire office heads down to the Food Bank to support this effort.

We’re not afraid to roll up our sleeves and coordinate a team effort to separate and pack boxes that are distributed to the FBNN’s partner agencies that serve the needy, ill and elderly, as well as thousands of children. In one trip, we can pack and seal up to 500 boxes.

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s donations are delivered to a number of local outlets and programs, including emergency food pantries and senior meal programs, low-income day care centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, family and domestic violence shelters and various youth programs. Those organizations offer bags of groceries, meals or snacks to those in need. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s service area is more than 90,000 square miles. We are incredibly proud to support their efforts and help our community stay nourished and healthy.

Following our mantra that no one should ever go hungry, we began volunteering at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. Once per month, the WETLAB team dishes up breakfast for the women and children that come to Mission and helps put together more than 1,000 meals to help improve the lives of those in need. With more than 50 years of serving the Reno-Sparks communities, the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is a model organization that demonstrates a never-ending dedication to helping others. In total, the Gospel Mission has served nearly 8 million meals to homeless individuals and families.

Since the start of 2013, when the WETLAB team made a decision to support the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, we’ve had a chance to bond as professionals over hot meals that reach the hands and mouths of those less fortunate than us. It is our pleasure to continue serving meals and supporting the efforts of the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission.