Marty Weber shared many commonalities with his long-time partner Jeff Poissant. They co-owned a business. They both loved the outdoors. Both were in the U.S. Army and experienced firsthand the difficulties military veterans face.
Weber couldn’t think of a better way to honor Poissant’s passing than by supporting military veterans who were in dire need when Poissant died from cancer four years ago.
Weber has donated 36 acres of rural land bordering New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve in order to make this happen. It will be used to create a treatment center/retreat for people suffering from mental illness or addiction.
What are they calling it? Jeff’s Camp.
This is a very generous gesture considering Weber turned down an offer of $3 million for the property.
Jeff’s Camp, which will be collaborating with New Life Addiction Services and Just Believe, will have an 8,000-square foot facility that includes a thrift shop and a sober living residence. It will provide treatment, rehabilitation, and vocational training in a peaceful, wooded setting.
“While (New Life) is working with them on the medical side, we can work on the rehabilitative/vocation side, getting them back into society, touching people, getting back into that public eye, and getting people what they need. That’s what the store is going to do,” Just Believe director Paul Hulse told NJ.com.
Weber signed a letter indicating his intent to deed the land where Jeff’s Camp is being built in an impromptu ceremony. The group that was watching included Andy Kim, a New Jersey Congressman who Weber ran against when he was running for the 3rd District seat in New Jersey.
Obviously, there are no hard feelings.
“If ever there was an issue that tries to unite our country it would be about supporting our veterans,” Kim told NJ.com. “So this is something where it should be all hands on deck. It should be a no-brainer to everybody.”
A no-brainer perhaps, and a fitting testament to two veterans who loved one another and their country.