To help the family of a local veteran in need and to bring greater exposure to the Johnson City-based ministry that has been making homes in the Central Appalachians warmer, dryer and safer for the past 45 years, volunteers will construct a home on I-beams between Bristol’s famous half mile oval and Thunder Valley Dragway starting Friday, April 8.
The home will be completed and dedicated to the new owners, Steve and Coleen Tredway of Elizabethton, prior to the start of the Nextel Series race on Saturday, April 16. A local company will later move the home to its permanent site near the raceway at no cost to the family.
In addition to providing a home with adequate space for the growing Tredway family — the couple recently adopted two young children with a long and difficult history of transfers between foster homes — the race-week build will bring the massive exposure of NASCAR to the ASP ministry and help with the launch of its Veterans Helping Veterans volunteer program.
“By building our latest home on the property of Bristol Motor Speedway, it allows us the opportunity to gain new exposure (to) the thousands upon thousands of race fans and constituents who will make their way to the region in April for the race,” ASP Executive Director Walter Crouch said.
Fans at the track for the weeklong lineup of NASCAR racing will be encouraged to visit the build site and learn more about ASP and its mission.
“ASP seeks to make a difference in the lives of people,” BMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Jerry Caldwell said.
He said BMS is pleased to be working with the ministry on the “Race to Build” project.
“We are pleased to partner with the Appalachia Service Project to help provide a new home to a local veteran and his family,” Caldwell said.
Steve Treadway is an honorably discharged veteran, and a group of veterans from Washington, D.C., will be coming to Bristol to help build the home, in keeping with the respect and fellowship held between service members.
Their assistance with the project is also in keeping with ASP’s recruitment of volunteer groups from across the Eastern United States who have helped the ministry refurbish and rebuild substandard homes for thousands of low-income families in the Central Appalachian region, and will be the first project of its new Veterans Helping Veterans program for former military service members in need.
While ASP gladly welcomes volunteers, material donations and sponsors, Crouch said “our greatest need is for volunteers.” No construction experience is necessary and anyone interested is encouraged to learn more by visiting www.ASPhome.org or by calling ASP at 423-854-8800.
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