About Us

Where we began and where we are headed

Rockland Homes for Heroes (RH4H) is a 501c3 charitable organization (EIN# 26-4526324) that develops permanent supportive housing for honorably discharged veterans, both male and female, who are homeless, disabled, or at risk of homelessness in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley.

Founded in 2009, RH4H is led exclusively by volunteers (most of them veterans) with decades of service to the local community.

RH4H has no paid staff and relies solely on members of the community to fund its ongoing work. The organization is led by a respected Board of Directors and supported by a wide range of charitable Service Partners and Volunteers

Our permanent volunteer "Ground Team” of all Veterans: John Manifold, Carl Dornbush, Eugene Wasielewski, Tom Micelli

Board of Directors

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John Murphy


President & Chairman of the Board, Camp Venture, one of Rockland County’s most respected and long-serving social services agencies; his career included 38 years as an Electronics Engineer in the telecommunication industry and 44 years as a Rockland County Legislator; he is a former Captain in the USMC.

Susan Branam

Former 2nd Lieutenant and attack helicopter pilot; she serves as an addiction counselor, school psychologist, and private-practice therapist; she is also the Director of the Rockland County Veterans Services Agency.

Carl Dornbush

Retired Principle in the Rockland County Health Department Environmental Division; he is a 20+ year member of the National Guard.

Thomas Miceli

Thomas Micelli

Retired Deputy Commission of Health of Rockland County; he has 20+ years of combined active/reserve duty in the US Army.

Monica Toscano

Monica Toscano

A long-time community volunteer, she has been an employee of Suez Water for the last 31 years.

Will Warren

Retired Rockland County Family Court Judge

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Eugene Wasielewski

Principal Property & Grounds Consultant; a retired NYC Police Department Detective; he is also retired from 20+ years of active/reserve duty in the US Air Force.


Jonathan Barnwell


Coordinator of Judicial & Veterans Affairs at Rockland Community College.

Paul Stolz


Manager of the Homeless Veterans Program in the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose.

Vince Tyer


Construction/Building Consultant; President & CEO of the Taconic Builder; Rockland County Legislator

James Dean


Superintendent of Highways, Town of Orangetown

Leslie Cruden

Events Team

Co-Team Leader

Margaret Fitzpatrick

Events Team

Co-Team Leader

John Manifold

Property Management Team

Team Leader

Service Partners

Loeb House

Managing Agent

Loeb House, Inc. is the largest not-for-profit service provider and operator of community facilities for the mentally ill and others in Rockland County. Loeb House has been an important provider of the Office of Mental Health’s Supportive Housing Services in the County for more than 30 years and is a Community Mental Health contract agency.

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VA Hudson Valley Health Care System

RH4H enjoys a positive working relationship with VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, which covers 7 regional Counties. In particular, we have established a close working relationship with the program officer charged with overseeing homeless veterans’ needs in the region.

Veterans Home at Montrose

Veterans Home at Montrose

Situated in the Crugers neighborhood of Montrose, New York, the Veterans Home is a 252 unit facility for senior citizens. They offer senior care in a clean and caring setting.

"Homelessness is life without a future. It breeds loneliness, despair, hopelessness, depression, addiction and – too often – suicide. We’re fighting to give our veterans a chance to create a meaningful life for themselves outside of uniform."
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John Murphy
RH4H Chairman

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We call on your generosity to help us reach our immediate goal of $400,000 for pre-construction costs, including engineering studies, architectural fees and site preparation.

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