Veterans. Community. The Works.

Mission


HomeFront Rising provides veterans with vital opportunities and services, and lifts communities by applying a military mindset to civilian life. We launch social enterprises with artists, charities and businesses. Ideas and plans are hashed out in Bar None, a series of online chats that make dreams come true.
Mission

may is mental health awareness month


Navy veteran Roy Finegan is plagued by incessant noise where he lives, so HomeFront Rising is helping him design and build a Noise Relief Room. Bar None is posting updates about the project throughout May (Mental Health Awareness Month).

Roy worked under a flight deck where aircraft constantly landed when he served as a diesel mechanic on the USS Independence from 1989 to 1993. The intense roar and clatter left him with permanent tinnitus and other debilitating effects, and Roy's current upstairs neighbor makes it impossible for him to enjoy his life without a Noise Relief Room.

HomeFront Rising is planning to keep making the unit for other low-income veterans with similar plights. Click here to donate, and here to apply for a free Noise Relief Room if you are a low-income veteran. 

This project is a part of the "Bridging Wellness" series of community pop-ups generously supported by WE RISE LA in partnership with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. "Bridging Wellness" is a collaborative effort by Angels Gate Cultural Center, Arts Council for Long Beach, Compound LB and 10 other organizations and artists in the Harbor Region.

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Programs


HomeFront Justice Center

Pro bono legal services for veterans and their families.

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HomeFront Wellness Project

Community gardens, affordable food and healthy living.

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MENTORING

Veterans pursuing a career in the entertainment/media field are introduced to accomplished professionals for mentoring and opportunities to collaborate on projects.

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Veterans Community Theater

The Veterans Community Theater is on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Staff


Jeff Norman

Project Director & Founder

Jeff Norman is a former TV actor-writer-producer and standup comedian. Nowadays he collaborates with veterans and compatriots on community development, arts and media projects.

Melvin I. Johnson

Project Coordinator

Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson is a playwright, director and community organizer. He created a 10-week program that trains veterans in the theater arts and conflict resolution.

Donna Janosik, LMFT, LCPC

Mental Health Consultant

Donna focuses on homeless issues and music/art therapy. She is a former Adjunct Professor at North Park University in Chicago, where she taught Clinical Psychology.

Don Hammond

Director of Legal Services

Don Hammond specializes in DUI defense, criminal defense, administrative law, litigation, parole representation, writs of habeas corpus, business formation, criminal law and aviation law.

Todd Grove

Director of Special Events

Todd is a highly-experienced live event producer and facilities manager. He is the former Director of Operations for Live Nation's Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, and Production Manager for Holland America Lines.

Cebu Funk

Chief Strategy Officer

Keyboardist Cebu Funk has worked in project management and land use planning in the wireless telecommunication industry since 1999. He is in charge of business development for HomeFront Rising.

Bar none


a deep dive for the greater good hosted by Jeff Norman

Engineer Nakee Hanks meets Navy veteran/handyman Roy Finegan to begin their collaboration.

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Navy veteran Roy Finegan teams up with HomeFront Rising to escape a very loud neighbor.

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Holy Smokes


A collaboration between Rock to Recovery and HomeFront Rising, Holy Smokes met weekly in Long Beach, CA from April 2018 to January 2020. It was all about camaraderie and experiencing the natural high only music can produce. At each meeting an original song was written and recorded in about 90 minutes. The uplifting sessions were free for all who attended, and no experience was required.

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