Contractor Kevin Craffey, founder and president of Craffey & Co., Builders Inc., is a third-generation carpenter and Boston resident. He also serves as a dedicated supporter of local charitable organizations such as the Nathan Hale Foundation, which since 2006 has worked to assist military personnel and their families in difficult circumstances. Through the generosity of professionals such as Kevin Craffey, the foundation is able to aid two veteran outreach centers in the area. It offers free shuttle transportation to and from doctors’ offices, as well as a wellness pantry, veteran-focused conferences, and art classes for personal development. Additionally, the Troops in Transit arm of the program provides complimentary transportation for veterans attending parades, community gatherings, and veteran-related social events.
Based in the same historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, community in which Kevin Craffey has done business for more than two decades, the Nathan Hale Foundation centers its mission on the value of civic duty. Founder and president Christopher C. Hart believes that the community has an obligation to serve those whose service and sacrifices have made that community safer and stronger. Kevin Craffey’s support demonstrates his commitment to similar ideals.
After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Christopher Hart looked for a way he could assist military veterans fighting for their country once they returned home. He learned that the Massachusetts South Shore offered no outreach center for veterans and vowed to change that. He quit his job and began lobbying politicians and civic leaders and purchased office space to provide a physical focal point for his efforts, while giving rides to veterans in need of transportation to medical facilities. Kevin Craffey was an early financial supporter of Hart’s work while many local officials and businesses remained skeptical or even negative about the impact of such a center on the town of Plymouth. Finally, with persistence and the help of several key politicians, Hart’s dream of a long-term way to make positive differences in veterans’ lives became a reality.
In addition to its transportation services, the Nathan Hale Foundation and its two outreach centers in Plymouth and Middleboro offer access to counseling services to assist with readjustment and combat-related trauma. Kevin Craffey remains proud of his participation in this effort to make his community a far more welcoming and supportive place for those who have done so much to keep it safe.