As numerous commercials aired across the nation on Thanksgiving Day last fall, you may have recognized a familiar St. Vincent de Paul face on your screen.
Ronnie Smith, who is a support specialist in SVdP’s Resource Center, was one of four veterans to have their personal stories featured as part of the “Neighbors” campaign from Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans.
The campaign highlights the stories of four U.S. military veterans who successfully transitioned from experiencing homelessness into housing through Built for Zero, a national effort led by the nonprofit Community Solutions to drive change and help committed U.S. communities end homelessness, starting with chronic and veteran homelessness. Rocket Mortgage is the lead sponsor.
Ronnie, who served for 10 years in the U.S. Marines, says “it was an honor” to be featured. Some of the filming for his video was done right on SVdP’s main campus.
“Ronnie has joined SVdP during the perfect season of his journey and ours,” said Cherylyn Strong, director of SVdP’s Resource Center. “He cares deeply about the unique struggles of each person who enters our doors and gives each his undivided attention, making every person feel heard, respected and special. I’m so proud of him.”
Hear Ronnie tell his story of military service, path to housing and rise to helping other veterans and people find hope when they visit SVdP. Watch his “Neighbors” campaign video above or read Ronnie’s story at ahomeforeveryvet.org.