Yuma Veteran’s Right Turns will receive some TLC from the Fort Yuma Rotary Club

News 11’s Adonis Albright speaks to the organizations to learn more about the renovations

YUMA, Ariz, (KYMA, KECY) – The Fort Yuma Rotary Club typically runs a relief project each year. That year, the organization decided to give some TLC to Right Turn for Yuma Veterans, a local nonprofit that provides temporary housing to veterans in the Yuma community. The transition home underwent several renovations in May, including new lighting, repainting, roof repairs, and more.

“We decided this was the time, it was a perfect opportunity … It just all happened, we blossomed and we just said ‘let’s do more, we want to do more’ and we came here and it was just exciting. ” said Leslie McClendon, a member of the Fort Yuma Rotary Club and Yuma City Councilor.

According to Judy Smith, the CEO of Right Turn for Yuma Veterans, the temporary apartment is around 100 years old. The organization provides services to the homeless or at-risk veterans in the community and is also part of the Child and Family Service, which provides therapy and life skills to families and children.

Richie Rubi is a 14-year-old combat veteran who served in the Marine Corps in Iraq. He lives in the temporary shelter with his fellow veterans and serves as a mentor and resident manager at Right Turn for Yuma Veterans. When Rubi left the military, the transition to civilian life was difficult – a story many veterans know only too well.

“I looked at homelessness, which brought me to Right Turn for Yuma Veterans … Here I am, I’m one of the success stories,” said Rubi.

Rubi is now paying off by helping veterans navigate the legal system and identify their needs.

“We’re here to help veterans – veterans need a lot of service. Often times they don’t tell you what they need. They come here because they might need a roof over their heads and we find that they are missing so many other things and that’s where we come in and help them. “

The right turn for Yuma veterans relies heavily on donations to get veterans back on their feet, as well as any household items they will need after they move out of the temporary home.

“Almost everything is important to us. Towels, washcloths, tea towels, “said Smith.

The right turn for Yuma Veterans is located at 257 S Third Avenue in Yuma. To learn more about how to get involved or donate, visit their website or Facebook page. You can also call 928-783-2427 or email [email protected].

For more information on the Fort Yuma Rotary Club, please visit here or email [email protected]. You can also find them on Facebook.

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