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Veterans. Community. The Works.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.