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Thursday, September 8th, 2016 by Travis Dahlke
Klaus Larsen has a passion to give back to the community through his company, Klaus Larsen, LLC. On September 16th, Sergeant First Class Dave Colafati will celebrate his homecoming from a nine-month deployment to the Middle East AND his much-needed new roof, provided by Klaus Larsen, LLC. Through his Santa Klaus Project, Larsen is providing SFC Colafati a "home sweet home" environment while the Sergeant re-establishes his family bonds and reintegrates into his personal and work civilian life.
SFC Dave Colafati is a very humble, unassuming man with a huge sense of compassion. He served honorably as an infantry platoon squad leader and is a seasoned combat veteran. Dave served two combat tours in Afghanistan, and as a leader, continues to process the things he and his fellow Soldiers had experienced. Additionally, several of these warriors chose taking their own lives after returning home, one of which was a true friend to Dave. This event is also intended to serve as a reminder of the importance of thanking our veterans in the most appropriate and meaningful ways, ensuring access to PTSD treatment when needed, and supporting veteran suicide awareness and prevention. Now finishing his third deployment, Dave is returning to his 16 year old son Tristan, who he continues to raise with Melody.
Klaus Larsen’s goal of donating one roof a month to a deserving family is developing into a powerful alliance with Klingberg Family Centers, (New Britain/Hartford) a nonprofit serving children and families, founded in 1903. Klaus Larsen and Klingberg Family Centers share a dedication to strengthening homes and families to build strong communities. Klaus Larsen rebuilds people’s houses on the outside, and Klingberg Family Centers restores families and their relationships on the inside.
On Friday, September 16, 2016, Klaus Larsen and his Santa Klaus Project will be celebrating Dave’s homecoming with a BBQ hosted by Klingberg alumnus Pete Gural aka Pete the Butcher. Not only is Pete a Klingberg success story, but he continues to give back to his community. For event details, visit santaklausproject.org.
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