Along with their devotion to each other, Marty Weber and his longtime partner, Jeff Poissant, shared many things in common. They owned a business together. They both loved nature. They both served in the US Army and both experienced firsthand some of the challenges that military veterans can face.
When Poissant passed away four years ago from cancer, Weber couldn’t think of a better way to honor their 30-year union than by supporting needy military veterans.
To make that happen, Weber is donating 36 rural acres bordering New Jersey’s Pinelands National Preserve to be used as a mental illness and addiction rehab / retreat center. Your name? Jeff’s camp.
Given that Weber turned down a $ 3 million offer for the property, this is an extremely generous gesture.
Working with two established homeless outreach programs, Just Believe and New Life Addiction Services, Jeff’s Camp will feature an 8,000-square-foot facility that will incorporate a thrift store and a sober living residence that will provide treatment, rehabilitation and vocational training, all in a serene, wooded setting.
“As (New Life) works with them on the medical side, we can work on the rehabilitation / vocation side, bringing them back to society, touching people, getting back into the public eye, and getting people what they need. That’s what the store is going to do, “said Just Believe director Paul Hulse. NJ.com.
In an impromptu ceremony on May 27, Weber signed a letter of intent to write about the land on which Jeff’s Camp will be built. Observing was a group that included New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim, whom Weber once faced as a candidate for third place from the New Jersey district.
Obviously, there are no hard feelings.
“If there was ever a problem trying to unite our country, it would be about supporting our veterans,” Kim said. NJ.com. “So this is something that should be all hands on. It should be a no-brainer for everyone. “
Perhaps a no-brainer, and a fitting testimony from two veterans who loved each other and their country.
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