HomeStrong USA Surprises Vietnam Veteran with Home Donation

13 March 2013
13 March 2013, Comments: 0

YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. – On Sunday, March 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel, 57373 Joshua Lane, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, HomeStrong USA donated a newly
renovated home to Mr. Steve Yoshimi, a Vietnam veteran and current cancer patient.

“Mr. Yoshimi is the definition of a hero,” said Jed Davis, CEO at HomeStrong USA. “His entire life has involved bravely serving others, and it is time for someone to give back to him.”
A hospital corpsman third class (HM3 E4) during the Vietnam War, Mr. Yoshimi served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1975, spending time aboard the USS Midway in the Gulf of Tonkin.
Following his military service, Mr. Yoshimi spent several years in the medical field before devoting two decades of his life as a missionary in Mexico. Serving as President/CEO/Senior
Pastor of International Discipleship Training (IDT), he led a multi-faceted ministry, built numerous homes for poor families, and was involved in managing an orphanage and daycare
center.

Battling cancer for the past four years, Mr. Yoshimi and his wife have decided to move back to the United States to be with their grandchildren.

The home donation was not expected by the Yoshimis. Taking place at their church in Yucca Valley, the couple was surprised by family, friends, and representatives from HomeStrong USA, Bank of America, and MGR Real Estate.

“We are speechless,” said Mr. Yoshimi, who through his missions work, has seen firsthand the blessings and emotional impact that a home donation has on a family. “Now we understand
what they were going through.”

Partnering with Bank of America, MGR Real Estate, and veteran-owned construction companies, HomeStrong USA rehabilitates vacant properties to high standards then donates the homes to veterans and active-duty service members, or sells to them at 20% less than market value.

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