Homes For Veterans Mission Statement:
Homes for Veterans builds and donates specially adapted homes for severely disabled combat wounded veterans. If they have their own home we specially adapt it at no cost to them. We are a 501(c)(3) and 100% of the donations go to the veterans.
Homes For Veterans Board of Trustees
Douglas DiPaola- President
As a local Bergen County New Jersey business man and home builder Doug came across veterans who are victims of the economy ~ veterans from his own industry losing their apartments after being laid off and their unemployment benefits running out.
These veterans had to move in with friends or relatives. The disabled veterans have more of a problem. There is no adequate handicapped housing. As the economy improves some are able to work, but to afford a home or even find handicapped housing that will accommodate them is practically impossible.
Now Douglas DiPaola can build homes for these handicapped and disabled veterans, hiring other able veterans and other building professionals to help build them.
Joanne is a local Bergen County New Jersey elementary school teacher. Joanne has involved herself with our service men and women by having her third grade classes write letters and send them along with other items to the troops on the ground.
“It’s a wonderful way to let them know they are always in our hearts and minds, and thank them for giving so much to protect us. Homes For Veterans will allow me to continue to support these wonderful men and women.”
Fran is the Executive Director of a local Bergen County New Jersey child care center. She is honored to be part of Homes For Veterans.
“The work we do will help our severely disabled and handicapped veterans to have independence and the freedom that they so justly deserve in their own homes. I am grateful to the military for protecting our country and freedom.”
Fran has experience in grant writing, fundraising, and marketing.
Daren Beltz – Military Adviser – Fund Raising Director
Daren Beltz is a 10 year Navy veteran who served on board the USS America, the USS Independence and at NAS Norfolk in the Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Depot (AIMD).
Over his 10 years of service Daren was deployed to Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. His last tour was in Japan at NAF Atsugi with deployments in the Pacific and the Persian Gulf.
Daren and his wife Hiroko are actively involved with Cairn Rescue U.S.A. as a foster home and filling the role of transportation director, coordinating the transport of dog rescues in the North East area.
As the owner of a late model race team, Daren has the marketing and fund raising experience and the attention to detail to help Home for Veterans achieve their mission.
Daren and his wife Hiroko are no strangers to the plight of our veterans and are proud to assist Home for Veterans to help those who pay the cost of the freedom that we enjoy every day.
Maureen McCullough – IT & Online Marketing Director
Maureen has been on board with HomesForVeterans.us since it’s conception – first being approached initially by the President, Douglas DiPaola, to build the website and handle the month to month IT needs – search engine optimization, marketing, graphic design, and social media.
This Bergen County New Jersey businesswoman – who owns her own successful website hosting, design and marketing firm, along with an online gift shop – strongly believes in supporting wounded veterans with specially adapted housing and is honored to be a part of the team.
Maureen recognizes the amazing potential that HomesForVeterans.us has in making a difference in the everyday lives of combat wounded veterans. She has been instrumental in recruiting her own clients to support HFV with donations from website sales, as well as working with other entities for fundraising and goal making for the organization. She looks forward to bringing HomesForVeterans.us to the next level of success with increased funding and strategic development.
Daniel Furnback CRPC® & AAMS®
Daniel is a lifelong resident of Point Pleasant NJ and has always been involved in giving back to his local community and other issues that hit home. When Doug DiPoala approached Daniel to be a part of Homes For Veterans he jumped at the opportunity.
Professionally, Daniel is currently a Financial Advisor with World Equity Group; holding his Series 7, Series 66, Life Insurance, Health Insurance, and Variable Annuity licenses. His credentials include CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) & AAMS® (Accredited Asset Management Specialist). In addition to the previously mentioned, Daniel is also an expert in Network Marketing and is a Consultant hired to raise funds through angel investors for selected companies.
Personally, Daniel is engaged to his wonderful and beautiful fiancé Ashley. He spends his time playing numerous sports such as hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, and water sports. Dan volunteers his time with the Brick Starz Challenger program which teaches children age’s 5-21 sportsmanship and how to play hockey. Daniel has been an assistant coach with Point Pleasant varsity ice hockey organization and is the director of the alumni association as well.
Mr. Mike Ferraro is Director of VIP Careers, a division within the Judge Group. VIP Careers redefines the industry standards by offering unique Veteran Employment Transition Solutions (VETS) designed to create a career lifeline and a Boots to Boardroom roadmap that helps find meaningful employment opportunities for veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses.
Mr. Ferraro has significant corporate, government and military experience to fully understand veterans career challenges and employers placement needs. He has nearly 32 years of USAF active and reserve experience as a Command Chief Master Sergeant at Numbered Air Force, Wing and Squadron levels leading over 28,000 American Airmen.
Mr. Ferraro is committed to matching outstanding military talent with results-driven companies, he firmly believes that today’s American military veterans entering corporate America are among the most driven, professionally trained, highly skilled, and technically proficient professionals and leaders in all vertical sectors today.
Mr. Ferraro’s programmatic and technical career experience spans over 25 years in Cyber Security, Project Management, Systems Engineering, Resource Management and Business Development for such firms as Booz-Allen & Hamilton, AT&T, CACI, Emerson Electric, Dept of Army and EPS. He has established business relationships with senior government officials and small to large corporate leaders creating a win/win environment and lasting partnerships. He believes in creating professional relationships with employers who have solid core values of trust, honesty and sincerity. Mr. Ferraro is a “Chief Door Opener” ready to serve all veterans and their families. He is a Career Development Expert who knows the tough challenges for a military member when facing a civilian workforce.
Mr. Ferraro holds an M. S. in Aeronautical Science and a B.S. Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is very active and resides on the Board of Director/Advisors with Homes for Veterans, Operation Jersey Shore Vacation and Thanks USA.Org Scholarship Program.