A few days before Christmas, the National Spirit of Freedom group, threw a holiday party and potluck for residents at the Orenda Foundation sober living house in Apple Valley.
To thank them, the residents invited the group back for a little party on February 15. Joy Jeannette, the founder of National Spirit of Freedom, received a plaque in recognition of their contribution to veterans.
The Orenda Foundation got it’s start because one man wanted to make a difference. Kelly Maxwell founded the Veterans project because he saw a need in the High Desert that was disproportionate to the rest of the Inland Empire, or maybe even the entire state.
The project is a home located in a rural Apple Valley location and is a sober living program for male
veterans who are want to put their lives back together.
Christopher Gilsdorf is the Orenda house manager, who helps new residents settle in and gives them household responsibilities.
Maxwell also acknowledged the Sun City Cruisers car club for their donation of $14,500, raised in 2013 for Orenda Foundation.
The Orenda Foundation is a fund of the High Desert Community Foundation. To make financial donates, go to www.HDCfoudation.com, or call the HDCF office at (760) 242-8877.