Operation BBQ Relief has served over 2 million hot barbecue meals to community members and first responders affected by natural disasters. OBR was founded in May 2011 by top competition barbecue pitmasters in response to the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri. By combining their skills as cooks, caterers and chefs, OBR deployed and served over 120,000 hot barbecue meals in Joplin over 13 days.
With the help of volunteers and competition barbecue teams, Operation BBQ Relief has served communities in the wake of disasters including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and the most recent California wildfires. Through compassion, friendship and delicious barbecue meals, OBR has provided hope and much needed resources to communities disrupted by disaster.
OBR has been a DRI DUCK partner since 2015 and continues to be one of our true heroes as an organization. In July 2019, our VP Nicole Parker traveled with OBR to film a new reality series for Amazon Prime called The Social Movement. It is set to release in the summer of 2020 where we will see how Nicole and OBR teamed up to solve the mystery of stopping hurricanes and their destruction.
Veterans Community Project has been a partner of DRI DUCK since 2017. Founded by Kansas City Veterans who were frustrated by homelessness in the Veteran community, VCP is on a mission to provide transitional housing and resources to every man and woman who took the oath for our country.
Many Veterans arrive at VCP Village with little more than the pain, uncertainty, and loneliness of life on the streets. A tiny house provides everything he or she needs to live with dignity and safety; new furniture, appliances, housewares, bedding, food, and utilities, free of charge.
More importantly, VCP Village provides sanctuary and the emotional space needed for the Veteran and VCP's Veteran Support Services team to thoroughly address the underlying causes of his or her homelessness.
Together, the Veteran and VCP's specially-trained case managers work to achieve incremental, lasting results in the areas of health and wellness, education, employment, financial literacy, and the development of a personal support network.
Once their desired goals are met, VCP assists the Veteran in securing a permanent housing solution. The Veteran is allowed to take the entire contents of the tiny home as they transition to a new life.