Pastor Steven Yoshimi to be surprised with the news at his Sunday service in front of his congregation
YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. – The congregants at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel will witness more than the usual share of blessings this Sunday, when their pastor, Mr. Steven Yoshimi, will be surprised with news he will receive a newly renovated home. The home, donated by HomeStrong USA, is part of its new HomeStrong’s Heroes program that donates homes to veterans. Mr. Yoshimi is a Vietnam veteran and current cancer patient.
The surprise will happen on Sunday, March 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel, 57373 Joshua Lane, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Mr. Yoshimi and his wife will be surprised by family, friends, and representatives from HomeStrong USA, Bank of America, which donated the property to HomeStrong USA, and MGR Real Estate Services.m“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.,“HomeStrong’s Heroes is an opportunity for us to honor the bravery and selflessness of men like Mr. Yoshimi,” said Davis. “We are humbled by his sacrifice and commitment to making our world a safer and
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.
As part of Bank of America’s efforts to help revitalize communities and support the housing needs of those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, the company has pledged to make up to 1,000 homes available nationwide through property donations to military veteran-support charities and other nonprofits such as HomeStrong USA. Bank of America has a long history of serving our troops, serving more than 2 million military customer households and employing nearly 6,000 active service members and veterans.
“Giving back to our military veterans in the form of homeownership is a tremendous honor for us at Bank of America. That is why we are proud to work with military related nonprofits such as HomeStrong USA to donate up to 1,000 vacant properties to our military service men and women,” said Gregg Hall, senior vice president, Bank of America and member of the bank employee’s Military Support & Assistance group.