Best New Year’s Eve – EVER!

Moments ago some of the 1Matters team helped last of the 75 veterans move into Commons at Garden Lake.

We got to see that moment when, for the first time in a long time, they realize they have a place to go tonight, their home, their own place – some for the first time in a very long time. There were tears, at least mine.

Left to Right: Michael Preston, National Church Residences, Shawn Dowling, VA Homeless Program, Ken Leslie, Founder, Veterans Matter, and 1Matters team members Norma Leslie, Mike Clark, Shawn Clark, and Leryc Barber.

Left to Right: Michael Preston, National Church Residences, Shawn Dowling, VA Homeless Program, Ken Leslie, Founder, Veterans Matter, and 1Matters team members Norma Leslie, Mike Clark, Shawn Clark, and Leryc Barber.


There are so many to thank for Commons at Garden Lake, but two who were there since the beginning, two who’s dogged determination culminated today in 75 of our veterans who were on the streets and in the shelters, are now housed. The two are pictured above. To Shawn Dowling with the VA and Michael Preston with National Church Residences, on behalf of the 75 men and women who wore the uniform who are now housed in the building that surrounds you, we all say thank you! Thank you very much. Thanking you for making this…..

Best New Year’s Eve – Ever.

Thank you all!

ken