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Jose Quintero, Desert Dispatch
Dave Jensen installs a door at the Barstow's Military Connection and Resource Center on Tuesday. The center is preparing for a grand opening on Saturday. The center will unveil their renovations and have several speakers during the event.

Grand opening of renovated outreach center set

STAFF WRITER

BARSTOW • Barstow’s Military Connection and Resource Center will unveil its newly renovated facility on Saturday afternoon.

The Home Depot Foundation has contributed approximately $11,000 to the center, according to Sherri Morris, the pro desk supervisor at the Home Depot located at 1100 L Avenue.

According to Morris, the whole center is being redone, including new paint and carpet, with renovated bathrooms and a renovated storage shed. Employees from Home Depot, including from the Victor Valley locations, have been volunteering their time to help complete the project, Morris said.

“The Veteran’s Program is near and dear to our hearts because some of us did serve in the military,” Morris said. “Barstow has such a large influx of active soldiers and veterans, so this felt like the right thing to do. Home Depot agreed and funded the project.”

Lori Picard, survivors outreach services coordinator, is anxiously awaiting showing off the renovated center on Saturday.

“It’s such a generous contribution from the Home Depot,” Picard said. “This shows just how much they care for soldiers, veterans and their families.”

According to Picard, the center has not received any sort of renovations since 1992.

Picard said there are several Gold Star and Blue Star Family speakers, including the main speaker Fort Irwin’s Command Sergeant Major Dale Perez. According to Picard, Perez is a Gold Star Son who lost his father in the Vietnam War.

The center offers soldiers, veterans and their families resources that eliminate a trip to the Fort Irwin Army post, Picard said. Picard describes the center as a “one stop drop” and is hopeful the renovations will help make visitors feel at home when they walk in the offices.

“We care about our veterans and their families,” Picard said. “We will never forget any of them and the price they paid, along with their families. We hope this will feel like a home and a place for them to come for whatever service they may need.”

Saturday’s grand opening at 512 Barstow Road will run from 10 a.m. through noon.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.


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