Submitted by SCJ Alliance

A young father in Yelm looks forward to hosting get-togethers and cooking for his family and friends – something he can’t do now because his kitchen isn’t wide enough for his wheelchair.

A young man in Tenino looks forward to gaining his independence back with kitchen cabinets he can reach, hardwood floors his wheelchair can navigate, and a roll-in shower.

Both men, now medically-retired Army sergeants, lost limbs from IEDs while serving in Afghanistan.

A privately funded, Massachusetts-based nonprofit called Homes For Our Troops is building and donating specially adapted custom homes to both of them, and SCJ Alliance is part of the project team.

Project Engineer Charlie Severs is leading SCJ’s civil group on the site development for both projects. He says, “The job satisfaction meter for these projects are quite high. I feel pretty fortunate that we get to work with such a great organization.”

SCJ is preparing the site development packages, including ADA design, stormwater engineering, and individual on-site septic systems.

“As the son of a Veteran, both of these projects hit home in a way that not too many other projects can,” Charlie said.

Charlie’s father, Ret. Army Sergeant E5 Scott Severs is a senior consultant for SCJ and is also helping out on the project.

He said, “This is a great opportunity to provide independence to those who have sacrificed their own safety for the safety of their family, friends, and the nation abroad. These projects are more than worth doing and we want to do them well.”

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