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Mercy Housing Project for Veterans

Joe Lambert and Esthela Torres de Siegrist

On Tuesday, March 26, members of El Monte’s Business and Professional Women and several special guests experienced a very informative Power Point Presentation focusing on the Mercy Housing Project for Veterans in El Monte.  Joe Lambert, Senior Planner with the City of El Monte’s Economic Development Department, explained that the now-underway project will build 41 single self-contained, completely furnished  apartment units with kitchenettes for homeless veterans and/or veterans in danger of becoming homeless.  A myriad of support services will be available:  addressing medical/dental needs, career counseling, job placement services, etc.  Held at El Sombrero Restaurant, attendees of the presentation enjoyed a delicious dinner at their own expense.  Esthela Torres de Siegrist, Second Vice President of BPW and current President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261, opened  the event with a quote from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”:  “Beware the Ides of March”– meaning that we all must pay close attention to everything, in especially those little things we tend to overlook and ignore!  Special guests were from El Monte’s American Legion Post 261: Adjutant Tony Farinella and First Vice Commander David Siegrist. Representing El Monte American Legion Auxiliary Unit 261 was Sally Farinella, past President.

Mr. Lambert ably fielded a host of challenging questions and invited attendees to come to Opening Day of the Mercy Housing Veterans facility, scheduled for mid-2014.

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