Saturday, November 4 marked a milestone for the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Communities. Over 100 supporters of Rose Haven attended its ribbon cutting held at the 219 E. 3rd Street, Washington, NC project house.
CEO Robert Greene Sands provided an introduction to Rose Haven and PRISC and several community and national speakers provided the significance of Rose Haven as a historic preservation project and a reintegration home for female Veterans.
- The Reverend Diane Tomlinson of Bath St. Thomas Episcopal Church provided the invocation,
- Mr. Darone Dancy, a disabled Navy veteran and community workforce manager,
- Ms. Virginia Finnerty, Washington City Councilwoman,
- Ms. Lisa Lancaster, First National Bank mortgage officer provided personal narratives about the importance of the mission of PRISC and Rose Haven,
- Dr. Allison Greene-Sands, PRISC Treasurer and Chief of Strategy for the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault and Prevention Response Office, provided an look at the difficulties female Veterans have in reintegrating back into society,
- Ms. Carlise Jones Carter, a local poet read her poem that celebrated the community of Veterans.
Following the ceremony, members of the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association entertained guests at the reception. Food and beverages were donated by Carryout by Chrislyn, Patty Cakes and Ms. Alexis Davis, Realtor. First National Bank and Scott Campbell, REALTOR sponsored the ribbon cutting. As in the past, thanks to Thrivent Financial for supporting this event (@Thrivent #LiveGenerously) with an Action Team donation.
The Washington Daily News featured the ribbon cutting in their Monday paper: http://www.thewashingtondailynews.com/2017/11/05/building-sustainable-communities/.