June 14, 2012

Gimmie’ Shelter: Lincoln Military Housing adds to community

Cpl. Shelby Shields
Desert Warrior Staff

One of the many amenities offered to service members is the option to live in base housing. Convenience, location and lack of utility bills are just some of the reasons why service members may choose to take advantage of this opportunity.

Lincoln Military Housing, the privatized group responsible for providing premier homes and outstanding management and maintenance services to military families, has taken the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma housing community to new levels.

“We want to show our appreciation to service members and their families,” said Manuel Padilla, MCAS Yuma housing district manager. “To help build a sense of community by having our residents come together, meet their neighbors and have some fun.  It is important to us that their stay is as pleasant as possible. Community events contribute to this.”

Since the first Christmas Carnival in 2004, Lincoln has been offering monthly community events completely free to the residents and their families.

“We hold events that correspond with holidays for the month,” said Padilla. “Mother’s Day drawings, Easter egg hunt, Pumpkin patch, Breakfast on-the-go, gift certificates, Dinner and movie gift cards, movie nights and twice a year a neighborhood block party where we have food, music and bouncers for the children.

Flyers, banners and speaking with residents are Lincoln’s main avenue for promotion of its events and so far have helped achieve good event turn out, Padilla added.

“Our staff works hard to come up with events that are of interest to our residents.  We are always looking for new ideas and are open to resident recommendations,” said Padilla.

This month’s housing event is a Father’s Day drawing for a new barbeque grill or Craftsman cordless tool set, family members can enter their dad or spouse to win June 11-14 at the housing office, with winners announced June 15.

“It really does help people to connect with each other,” Padilla added. “By providing the venue where family members can meet their neighbors and make friends not only in their block but in all housing, it helps them to feel more comfortable knowing there are others nearby with whom they can relate.”

For more information on upcoming events or how you can apply for on-base housing, contact the housing office at 928-344-1240.

 For full story, visit Yuma.usmc.mil

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