Over the years, most Alvin residents have become familiar with Jake Shafer. He is the young man who accepts donations for the veterans who call the DeGeorge’s Homeless Veteran Shelter in Houston home. This facility is a drug and alcohol free shelter for veterans who need help finding a job, rebuilding their lives and starting life anew as a civilian.
Shafer first began this charity drive when he was 11 years old. “The past five years we were so successful in our attempts to make a difference in the lives of these veterans,” he said.
He felt a need to continue his efforts in any way he could even though he is a full-time student at Sam Houston State University.
He is involved in the ROTC program and the Theta Chi Fraternity while still performing acts of community service while in Huntsville. This year, he will not be able to do the usual donation drive he spearheads every year. He strongly wants to encourage Alvin residents to keep giving to DeGeorge.
He is saddened because he understands there will always be homeless veterans. During the past five years in Alvin, his program has made a difference in the lives of these men and women and he does not want his heroes, these veterans, to be forgotten.
He has created a solution for those who want to continue donating items this Christmas. He has opened a bank account at Wells Fargo Bank. The account number for this account is 755637562. Donations are tax deductible. This account will remain open through Dec. 31.
DeGeorge will always need support and Shafer encourages the Alvin community to make monetary donations this holiday season.
Every penny helps this organization provide the veterans with items they need most. Donations will help them to be successful in finding a job, rebuilding their lives and giving them the ability to get back into the mainstream society while reestablish their own lives.
Should residents desire to deliver their contributions to the DeGeorge’s Homeless Veteran’s Shelter, that may be done also. The address for the shelter is 1418 Preston Street in Houston. Contact Lynda Greene at 713-224-2418 to make arrangements for delivering your gifts. Should residents have questions about what is most needed for the veterans, contact Greene.
Shafer would like to thank of the churches, businesses and residents in Alvin who have continuously supported DeGeorge throughout this year and the past years.
"The veterans there are very thankful for the Alvin community’s support. “I would also like to expand my thanks to the neighboring communities, cities and people who have also participated. Your love and support have made my Christmas for the past five years. Thank you for paying it forward,” he added.