SERV Niagara founder named citizens’ Congressional Medal finalist

SERV Niagara founder named citizens’ Congressional Medal finalist

The Lockport Journal: Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kaley Lynch

The founder and director of a Niagara County organization dedicated to helping homeless veterans was recognized as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Congressional Medal of Honor Citizens’ Award for the Service Act category.

Jennifer D’Andrea-Terrieri, who started the non-profit group SERV Niagara in summer 2013, was nominated for the award by her husband John and a group of co-workers.

“I was thrilled when I found out that I was one of the top 10,” D’Andrea-Terrieri said Friday. “There are three top winners in the service act category, and even though I didn’t win, it still feels like a win.”

Ten finalists were chosen for the citizens’ award in both Service Act, which honor citizens for their outstanding community services, and Individual Act categories, which honor acts of heroism.

SERV Niagara rehabbed two homes on Walnut Street last year to serve as housing for homeless veterans. One of the homes serves as transitional housing for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. The other is a permanent housing situation for veterans with families.

Last fall, SERV Niagara hosted a large volunteer event to renovate and beautify the homes which drew over 200 volunteers.

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, supported D’Andrea-Terrieri’s nomination.

“Jennifer D’Andrea-Terrieri’s extensive work on behalf of veterans and their families has made a tremendous impact in the Western New York community,” Collins said in a statement. “I was honored to nominate her for the Congressional Medal of Honor 2015 Citizens Honor Award for Service and look forward to following the progress SERV Niagara continues to achieve in their fight against veteran homelessness.”

SERV Niagara is always looking for help and can be reached at 438-5437.

“We’re always looking for volunteers for our community outreach center and donations of clothing and other items,” D’Andrea-Terrieri said.

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