Veteran thanks Lowe’s for making a difference

Veteran, Dave Rife, doing woodworking in his garage studio.This past Veteran’s Day we shared Dave’s story, which is one of perseverance, healing, and creating.  Dave is a veteran who is disabled and has PTSD.  He finds peace and healing through his woodworking, which he does in his small garage studio.  His studio works well in the warm months, but since it doesn’t have heat he is unable to create during the chilly winter months.  This is when Lowe’s stepped in to help.

Jessie Bachmann, who oversees our Veterans program, has been helping Dave with his independent living plan, which includes his woodworking.  She helped Dave get connected with Lowe’s, and Lowe’s generously donated a space heater for Dave’s studio! Now he can work when it’s 10 degrees outside, doing something that he loves and that is extremely helpful with his PTSD.

Wood bowl created by Dave.

A beautiful wood bowl created by artists, Dave Rife.

Dave mentioned, “Lowe’s was extremely accommodating and helpful.  They not only donated the heater, but also thermal insulation sheets that will help keep my studio warm through the winter months.  It makes my day!  Everyone that has helped me get to this point – Disability Network Northern Michigan, Lowe’s, Sawaquat Interfaith Ministry, Northwestern Michigan Woodturners Club.  It feels like Christmas every day, almost.”

We want to give Lowe’s a big THANK YOU for their help and support for veterans in our community.

Dave’s beautiful woodworking can be viewed and purchased at BLK\MRKT coffee located in the Warehouse District in Traverse City.

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