So, what's this all about? I love to run. Running makes me stronger...mentally and physically. In 2018, I've decided to push my limits and run my first full marathon (26.2 miles) in the Air Force Marathon on 15 September 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. I've also been presented with an opportunity to run for a reason...to support and raise funds for a most worthy cause...the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV). I hope you'll join me in this worthy cause and consider making a small donation to an organization that supports and cares for those who have served our great nation!
The Air Force Enlisted Village provides life-long support for retired military members and their spouses. Bob Hope Villages 1-5 consist of independent living apartments and Hawthorn House provides an assisted living with memory care option.
With the completion of Bob Hope Village 5 in 2015, the Air Force Enlisted Village will become a consolidated community located on Sunset Lane in Shalimar, FL. Residents here share memories of military life, build lasting friendships, and live comfortably in a community with their pride and independence intact.
This year, AFEV is "running for mom." Why mom? Over 75% of our residents are widows of retired enlisted Airmen and most of them are moms. We have a guiding principle here called "The Mom Rule" and it ensures that all our employees treat our beloved residents like they would their own moms.
There is much on our to-do list for our current and future "moms." There are always widows of retired enlisted Air Force members and moms of enlisted Air Force members who need our help with safe housing, so the construction of Village 6 on our campus is currently in the concept phase.
And, as a new generation of "moms" join our community at Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House, they bring new needs. Some of our current projects include a better equipped fitness center, updated social areas, and walking paths. We want our moms to age successfully and on their terms. Having access to physical fitness opportunities is just one way that we ensure that our residents are active, healthy and live life to the fullest. The work to satisfy our mission of providing a home is always ongoing.
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