The Pamlico Rose Institute
Growing Community by Preserving History
820 Park Dr. Washington, NC, 27889
(805) 320-2967

On Friday, May 24, we hosted the East Carolina Veterans Coalition (ECVC) at Rose Haven Center of Healing.  The Chamber of Commerce provided their upstairs conference room for our monthly meeting afterwards. 

I am a member of the Board and ECVC was a partner with Pamlico Rose on the Beaufort County Veteran Stand down last February and the recent Healing Vets Weekend.  ECVC is composed of representatives from a variety of organizations that advocate for Veteran causes in eastern North Carolina, being:  the VA Clinic in Greenville, NC Works, Pamlico Rose and other Veteran service nonprofits, Veteran service and health care providers, and more.  Trey Lewis, a field representative from Senator Tilllis’s office was also there.  Many of these organizations also took part in our Veteran Outreach Fair during the Healing Vets Weekend earlier this month. 

I explained Pamlico Rose’s mission to the gathering and the intent of the Rose Haven Center of Healing.  David Steckel, Pamlico Rose project engineer, gave them a look inside the house and let them imagine it being completed.  Pamlico Rose BoD member Greg Smith and I gave them an outside tour of the produce and mediation gardens.  One of our mission goals is to raise awareness and help facilitate issues that effect Veterans in our community and in eastern North Carolina.  This tour was an example of that part of our mission. 

On another note, our close friend and colleague, Gabriela Gonzalez-Santiago from NC Works, was nominated for the 2019 NC AMVETS Special Award.  Gabi has done yeoman’s work serving as both a Disabled Outreach Program Specialist and a Local Veterans Employment Specialist.  Her dual position, although challenging in terms of time, effort and driving distances covered, has also put her in a great position to reach a great many Veterans to help them with their employment needs. Gabi and NC Works overall have been important partners with Pamlico Rose in many of our awareness raising and outreach events over the last two years, including the first Beaufort County Stand Down and Healing Vets Weekend’s Veteran Outreach Fair.  Our hats off to Gabi on a job well done and recognition well-deserved.
Her actual nomination letter mentioned Healing Vets Weekend as one of the events she helped in the planning of…..

— Robert Sands