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

John Murphy headshot

John Murphy


John Allen Murphy is one of the Founders of Rockland Homes for Heroes and serves as the President & Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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 US Marine Corps.

In addition to his service in the USMC, John has a Community Public Service record which qualifies his role:

  • Camp Venture (President & Chairman of the Board) — 44 years as  of one of Rockland County’s most respected and long-serving social services agencies serving our intellectually & developmentally disabled
  • Joseph’s Home (CoFounder & President) — serving the residential needs of our homeless
  • Loeb House (CoFounder & President) — over 30 years serving the residential needs of our mentally ill
  • NYS Rockland Psychiatric Center (President of the Board of Visitors)
  • Orangetown Narcotic Guidance Council
  • Rockland County Board of Mental Health, Mental Retardation & Alcoholism
  • Rockland County Legislator for 44 years
Thomas Miceli

Thomas Micelli

Retired Director, Environmental Public Health, Rockland Health Dept; 28 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

John Manifold​

Retired from Suez Water after 42 years. Received Purple Heart 1967 in Vietnam. Residing in Orange County, NY.

Carlos Martinez - Board Member at Rockland Homes for Heroes

Carlos Martinez

CEO of BRIDGES, a local nonprofit advocating for an accessible and integrated community for people with disabilities.

Martin Wortendyke - Board Member at Rockland Homes for Heroes

Martin Wortendyke

Retired CEO of Cal Mart Enterprises, which completed public infrastructure projects for the government along with industrial, commercial, and residential projects.

Carl Dornbush​

Carl Dornbush grew up in Pearl River and attended Marietta College in Ohio. Upon returning to Rockland, he enlisted in the New York Army National Guard. Carl also began working at the County Health Department in the environmental health division. He married his wife Mary and together raised 5 children. After 39 years of service in the 101st Signal Battalion, he retired at the rank of Sergeant Major.


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.

James Dean


Superintendent of Highways, Town of Orangetown

Margaret Fitzpatrick

Events Team

Co-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.

Hudson Valley VA Healthcare System logo

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.

The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program - Bridges, Rockland County

Rockland Independent Living Center, Inc. dba BRIDGES Veterans Program

The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Program is named in honor of Joseph P. Dwyer, a US Army Medic in the Iraq War who, in the earliest days of the invasion in 2003, was pictured cradling a wounded boy while his unit was fighting its way up the Euphrates to Baghdad. PFC Dwyer’s post-war struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulted in his untimely and tragic death in 2008.

Beginning in 2012, the Program now offers peer to peer counseling for Veterans suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and any Veteran looking to reintegrate into civilian society. BRIDGES is proud to provide these services to our veteran community in Rockland County!

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."
John Murphy headshot
John Murphy
RH4H Chairman

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