Rotarians help build home for a veteran

Trumbull Rotarians were swinging hammers and lending a hand recently in support of “Habitat for Heroes, Veterans Serving Veterans,” the first veterans build for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, as well as the first in the entire state of Connecticut.

As the founding sponsor, helping to raise more than $50,000 for this project, Rotarians were the first to help construct walls for the structure on March 23, along with other civic and veterans organizations, as well as local businesses and individuals. The house will be a home for a military veteran and her family.

“Rotarians want to show how deeply they appreciate the sacrifices our military members have made to keep our country free,” said Trumbull Rotary Club President Jim Malski.

Army Staff Sgt. Juliet Taylor will be living in the new home with her two sons, daughter and grandson. Taylor, who served more than 11 years, including an 18-month tour in Iraq and two humanitarian tours in Afghanistan, is thrilled by the prospect of owning her own new home. The home includes an interest-free 30-year mortgage through Habitat for Humanity.

“Wherever they go, whatever they do, my children will always have a place to call home,” Taylor said.

Taylor and her family are currently living in a crowded two-bedroom apartment in Bridgeport and she is spending much of her income on rent alone.

“We are about halfway to our goal of $150,000 to fully fund this home,” said Eileen Bakos, manager of volunteer services for Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. “We still have a long way to go, but I have faith that now that we have a family, things will come together.”

To volunteer, donate or request more information, email For more information, contact Eileen Bakos at 203-333-2642 or

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