Name:  Corporal Jerry LaFreniere
Location: Strafford, NH

Project Details:
Marine Jerry LaFreniere served from 1963 to 1966 starting at Camp Lejeune in 1963. This project was completed to help LaFreniere live more comfortably in his own home. However, because LaFreniere’s 85 yr. old uncle, a 30 year Navy veteran lives with him, the project was a doubly-good investment for Building Dreams for Marines.

We were asked to make accessibility upgrades to first floor bathroom and add a handicap-accessible shower. The project required plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, painting and flooring work, as well as new fixturing.

Completed: December, 2014

Project Partners:
Derek Peters
(603) 817-0345
Kittery Point Construction, Rochester NH

From Jerry Lefreniere

Not sure where to start with this but I’ll give it a shot. My name is Jerry LaFreniere, I live in Strafford, NH and I’m a life member of MCL (Marine Corps League), Seacoast detachment. I’m also a Disabled Vietnam Veteran who has a little difficulty getting around to do certain things, the reason I’m writing this is to give much deserved praise and a giant thank you to an outstanding organization called “Building Dreams for Marines”.

They came into my home and arranged for contractors to upgrade my bathroom so it is more accessible for me by installing a walk-in shower. I kept telling them there were other Marines more deserving than me but they wouldn’t listen. They got ahold of a local contractor, Kittery Point Construction and Development, Derek J. Peters, out of Rochester, NH and he got ahold of subcontractors P.J. Labrie & Sons, Plumbing out of Somersworth, and Jacobs Electrical  Services. These people came into my home and less than 3 ½ weeks they had my bathroom converted over.

They went the extra mile and made sure everything was done correctly, they did an outstanding job, and I can not put into words just how appreciative myself and my wife are, I’m pretty much a crusty old hard a— but this did bring a little tear to my eyes. This organization and all the contractors are great people and need to be recognized for all the great work they are doing for others. I still say there are others out there more deserving than me, these folks have made my getting around a lot easier, it was very difficult getting up and down stairs to use the full service facilities  up stairs.

Again the organization of “Building Dreams for Marines” is made up of a great group of people and they deserve all the support and recognition that all our Marine Veterans can give them.

Not sure if you can post this in a future scuttlebutt or not but even if it just read into the minutes of one of your meetings it would be great, I can’t say enough about This group of folks who go out of their way to help disabled Marines in need of assistance.

Jerry Lefreniere

Scott Baetz

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