- Message from the Business Director
- Corvias Foundation Awards $100,000 in educational grants to 20 Military Spouses
- Join us for fun and games at our annual Fallapalooza!
- Getting in the spirit
- Help conserve water!
- Strengthening Families and Communities - “Know your resources”
- Green Corner
- Proper hazardous waste disposal
- Want to know what is happening in your community?
Corvias Military Living prides itself on providing well-maintained homes that are safe and comfortable. But we also need your help to keep our family neighborhoods safe.
It only takes a tiny spark in the right conditions to light something in your home or yard on fire. Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. It is important to remember that a fire needs three things to burn; fuel, oxygen and heat. The following guidelines are ways to eliminate one of those factors and protect your family and home from a preventable fire.
Don’t put flammable materials near your gas meter, water heater or HVAC system. Always store a flammable liquid which includes propane, gasoline or kerosene outside of your home and away from open flames. Remove excess clutter from your home and yard.
Most fire extinguishers are designed to deprive a fire of oxygen or heat. Remember to keep a properly charged fire extinguisher in your home and know how to use it. Know how to stop, drop and roll or how to smother a fire with nonflammable material. Do not throw water onto a grease fire; instead smother the flames with baking powder or cover the pan with a lid.
Ensure that grills, open flames and contained fire pits are at least 15 feet from any building. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of little children and do not burn rubbish in family housing.
These simple steps can help mitigate or prevent a fire in your home. What you do today could greatly reduce the chances of a rogue spark starting a fire in your home or yard.
We greatly appreciate your service to our nation and if you have any questions please call the Community Office at (661) 385-6060.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias Group, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year alone, Corvias Foundation has awarded 20 educational grants totaling $100,000 to the spouses of active-duty service members.
“Each of these women should be commended for their determination to better prepare themselves to achieve their professional goals,” said Maria Montalvo, Foundation Executive Director. “We’re so glad to be able to offer them financial assistance and, more importantly, a support network to be there for them on this journey.”
Since its founding by Corvias Group CEO John Picerne, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in educational grants and scholarships to the spouses and kids of active-duty service members.
“Corvias’ commitment to improving the quality of life for service members and their families extends well beyond housing,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder. “Education is one of the best ways anyone can improve his or her life and we’re honored to help these 20 spouses pursue these dreams without the burden of debt.”
This year’s recipients are stationed at seven Army and Air Force installations across the United States.
Nine of the spouses represented Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Dalya Alagele is pursuing a master’s degree in science education at Fayetteville State University, as she works toward becoming a dentist. Kaleena Cook, a junior attending Ashford University, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Sherryl Esplana, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. LaVida Frieson, a freshman, is earning a certificate in cosmetology from Paul Mitchell. Bobbe Garcia is studying art education as a junior at Fayetteville State University. Amanda Hunnicutt and Kierin Johnson are both working on their associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Malori Mayor is a sophomore at Fayetteville State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Linda Persaud is pursuing a certificate of office management from Allied American University.
Katlynn Dillon of Fort Polk in Louisiana is a junior pursing a bachelor’s degree in social work from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Carolette Wright, also of Fort Polk, is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University.
From Fort Riley in Kansas, Sina Carwell and Queenter Ochanda are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in nursing at Washburn University. Cardwell is currently a senior while Ochanda is a junior. Alyssa Jackson is pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs from Kansas State University. Shametra Stoxstill is a sophomore pursing an associate’s degree in liberal studies at Barton County Community College.
Heather Palmer, from Fort Rucker in Alabama, is a freshman at George C. Wallace Community College pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing.
Destiny Leggett from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida is a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Northwest Florida State College.
Diana Jusino of Hurlburt Field in Florida is a freshman pursing an associate’s degree in aeronautics at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
Lastly, two spouses at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas have also received grants. Rose Caceres and Katherine Jensen are both pursing bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Wichita State University and are currently seniors.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of the Corvias Group, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
The kids are back in school, the weather is starting to cool and the leaves are changing colors. All of this can only mean one thing, fall has arrived! In order to get everyone into the spirit, Corvias invites you to join us for our annual Fallapalooza event at Community Park on Friday, October 23. There will be family friendly games, food and much more. Contact your Community Office or visit our Facebook page for additional details.
More and more people each year are getting in to the Halloween spirit by placing spooky decorations in and around their home. Corvias Military Living encourages families to join in the fun, but asks all residents to please follow the rules associated with decorating for the holiday. There are a few friendly reminders that we ask you keep in mind before you begin decorating.
Please make sure all decorations placed on the home are done so in a safe manner. Take every precaution to ensure none of the decorations pose as a fire threat to you or your neighbor’s home. This also includes ensuring all emergency personal and vehicles have access to your home should there be an emergency. All decorations placed in or around the home must have the Underwriter’s Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approval.
No decoration should be placed on the roof of your home. Many times the nails, along with the extra weight of the decorations, can cause damage to the roof resulting in leaks. If you are hanging outdoor lights, please use approved plastic clips to attach the lights to the roof line.
Finally, all decorations should be removed from the exterior of the homes within two weeks after the holiday. This provides everyone ample time to take down their decorations and store them.
If you have any questions regarding the policy on decorations please refer your Resident Responsibility Guide (RRG).
As you may know, Governor Brown has implemented mandatory water restrictions to preserve the water during the historical drought. Corvias is following Governor Brown’s water conservation program to help reduce water usage. In following this program, we have reduced your irrigation watering times up to 50% from last year. Irrigation watering will occur every other day, twice a day on your scheduled watering day, for a five minute duration each watering cycle.
Residents can assist with the drought by implementing some changes in their common household practices. Some tips include only running your dishwasher when it is full, adjusting water levels in the washing machine to match the size of the load and taking short showers rather than long showers or baths. Click here for additional information on how to conserve water and use it effectively.
For additional information on watering dates and times, please contact your community office. Also, check your irrigation system to ensure your irrigation heads are working properly and to ensure your irrigation time doesn’t need to be adjusted. You can submit a work order by clicking him or contact your Community Office for any maintenance that needs to be done to your irrigation system.
Knowing what resources are available is essential to navigating military life. Community resources and support can help military families develop skills to become resilient and cope with challenging situations.
Reaching out to community resources for assistance can:
- Give you the ability to make realistic plans for you and your family and take the steps necessary to follow through with them.
- Give you a positive self-concept and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
- Help you develop communication and problem-solving skills.
- Help you manage negative impulses and feelings in a positive way.
Wellness resources for the military community:
- Friends and Family – stay connected to family and friends. Build a support network through your Family Readiness Group, parenting support groups or other organizations on post.
- Military OneSource– is a one-stop shop, with an array of information on topics to include deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Military OneSource offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, by telephone or face to face.
- Airmen and Family Readiness Center – 907-377-2178
If you need assistance connecting to wellness resources contact your Community Office at 661-385-6060.
Switch to LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights! LED holiday lights use about 90 percent less energy than traditional mini lights.
This is a reminder to all our military family housing residents. Please do not place any hazardous materials in your trash or recycling containers. On Friday, September 4, an unknown flammable material was placed in a recycling container from the Juniper Ridge area and placed at the curb for collection. As the driver was leaving the housing area and heading towards the Edwards landfill, the recycling load ignited and started a fire in the rear of the truck. A piece of lightweight burning material escaped the recycling truck and started a grass fire alongside Landfill Road. When the recycling truck arrived at the landfill, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the load in the rear of the truck. Several fire trucks and multiple emergency personnel arrived at the scene to fight the grass fire and the truck fire. The burning recycling load was dumped onto the ground in windy conditions and was extinguished by the fire crews as well. Fortunately no one was injured and property damage was minimal.
Please remember to properly dispose of all hazardous waste, including flammables. Common household hazardous wastes that are found in trash and recycling containers are batteries, electronics, televisions and computer monitors, paint, paint thinner, oil, gasoline, antifreeze, lighter fluid, oven cleaners, drain cleaners, bleach, pesticides, fluorescent bulbs and hot charcoals.
Thank you very much for your cooperation. If you have any questions regarding your hazardous waste disposal options, contact the housing office or J. Torres Co., Inc. at 277-7428.
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Important dates and events
- Oct. 11- Limited Corvias Community Office hours in observance of Columbus Day. Community Offices open 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Oct. 23- Fallapalooza resident event; Community Park