March 24 at 8:00am

Local company donates demolition service for Veteran and Family Resource Center

M2 Construction demo 1Interfaith is excited to announce that local company M2 Demolition has donated 100% of their demolition services to assist in the renovation of the new Veteran and Family Resource Center at 250 N. Ash Street in Escondido, an in-kind donation of more than $40,000. Through the generosity of Dorothy and Tom Hawthorne, the purchase of this former medical office building has created the opportunity to provide a full range of services to veterans and families in this part of the community. Upon its completion, this 10,000 square foot facility will enhance Interfaith’s ability to carry out its mission of Helping People Help Themselves.

The search for a demolition company began in late 2014 and was led by Dan Dreesen, Senior Project Manager for Johnson & Jennings, the project’s general contractor. Johnson & Jennings solicited proposals from the community for their participation and narrowed down the responses they received to four local companies interested in the job, one of whom being M2 Demolition.

“I’ve done several projects with M2, and they are always very accommodating and professional,” said Dreesen. “When they offered to donate their full scope of services, we were beyond excited.”

Steve Morgan started M2 Demolition, based in El Cajon, with partner Nick Manalo three years ago after nearly 40 years in the construction industry. An avid supporter of the military community, when Morgan saw an ad placed by Johnson & Jennings to bid on the demolition, he jumped at the opportunity.

“I’d love to house the homeless, but that’s not what I know how to do,” said Steve. “But I do know demolition. This way, it’s a perfect fit.”

After bringing his wife Ruth Anne with him on a walkthrough of the job site, Steve researched Interfaith Community Services’ programs and services, and decided to offer the demolition of the Veteran and Family Resource Center pro bono.

“We really like to see that our donation actually makes an impact and doesn’t get lost in the shuffle,” said Steve. “We have so much respect for Interfaith; it’s nice to be a small piece of the work that’s being done here.”

“Steve and Nick really embody Interfaith’s practical focus on maximizing the unique talents, expertise, and resources of our community supporters,” said Interfaith Executive Director Greg Anglea. “Their in-kind donation here moves us closer to opening this new resource for homeless, hurting veterans.”

After beginning the demolition of the building earlier this month, Steve and his team will wrap up their work on the building at the end of March.

“It’s very rare to see the owner of a demolition company at the job site,” said Dreesen, “but there is always at least one, if not two, of the owners of M2 Demolition at the building making sure everything is going smoothly.”

Interfaith Community Services thanks M2 Demolition for their donation and help with this project. To complete the building of the new Veteran and Family Resource Center, $3.15 million will be raised from generous donors throughout the community; to date, $1.8 million has been raised. For more information about how you can contribute to the Veteran and Family Resource Center, please contact Robert Adams, Chief Development Officer, at radams@interfaithservices.org or at 760.489.6380 x 206.