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Piedmont Veterans Assistance Council
1007 Briarcliff Rd
Mooresville, NC 28115
Telephone: (704) 664-7766
Greetings and Happy New Year!
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of PVAC. Pete Meletis spent the last years of his life building up PVAC. Blessed by the grace of God, PVAC has continued on this past year without him. Proudly, I can say PVAC continues to prosper and support locally our struggling and homeless veterans and their families.
In 2021, PVAC provided financial assistance to supply food to our Veteran Feeding Programs. Over 580 veterans and 187 widows of veterans have attended and received food from the 36 food pantry dates at our partnering churches. Most recently, PVAC provided and distributed to our Veteran Feeding Programs 60 “Freedom is not Free” cakes on Veterans Day, 56 family sized, heat and serve Thanksgiving meals, and 61 hams and cakes for the Christmas holiday.
Our Veteran Transportation Program has been transporting veterans to VA appointments for many years. This year, we have transported 104 veterans that would have otherwise had a hard time getting to and from appointments on their own. Our volunteers have brought these veterans to their appointments and stayed on sight to bring them home afterwards.
The Veteran Transitional Housing Program that PVAC proudly helped bring to fruition has had 67 men transition through the program. PVAC has continued to financially support this program and donated a total of $5564 in 2021. That brings us to a total donation of over $125,000 since the conception of the Veteran Transitional Housing Program in 2016.
As recently as last month, PVAC partnered with Purple Heart Homes and 5TH Street Ministries in a “tiny homes” program to help provide two tiny homes as an extension of the transitional housing program on site at 5TH Street Ministries. Already, in this new collaboration, PVAC raised and donated $11,000.
Through donor earmarked donations, PVAC was able to help some individual veterans in need above and beyond our usual programs. Financial help was gifted to cover expenses for home appliance replacement and rental assistance. Additionally, one donor earmarked monies to help two struggling veterans provide Christmas gifts for their children. Altogether, $2941 was gifted to better the lives of local struggling veterans and their families.
On behalf of PVAC, I thank everyone who has helped make PVAC the success that it is today. With the remarkable support of volunteers and generous donors, PVAC will continue to help struggling and homeless veterans and their families here in the Piedmont region of NC.
For PVAC, "Failure is Not an Option" with supporters like you by our side. We are extremely grateful for all we have been able to do this past year. May 2022 bring us more opportunities to help and continue to do God's work within the veteran community.
With great appreciation,
November 22, 2021
Fifth Street Ministries, Purple Heart Homes and the Piedmont Veterans’ Assistance Council are excited to announce a new collaborative project!
Purple Heart Homes is gifting two of its tiny homes to Fifth Street Ministries with the support of PVAC. PVAC will be offering a matching gift challenge to help fund costs, including utility hook-ups, foundations, decking and landscaping. The challenge will begin on Giving Tuesday, November 30, and giving will continue through the end of the year. Each organization is “playing to its strengths.” PVAC is offering great support. Purple Heart Homes is offering the homes and facilitating the construction process. Fifth Street Ministries will identify possible residents and offer wrap-around services. Fifth Street officials said they are thankful for the opportunity to work together on this project. Homelessness — and particularly veteran homelessness — is a problem in our community that no organization can tackle alone.
November 21, 2020
PVAC suffered the loss of our great leader, Pete Meletis. PVAC will carry on with his dream of supporting and providing for veterans and their families in need. Pete has shared his faith and love with every person who was lucky enough to have met him. Pete lived an incredible life. He rarely spoke of his accomplishments and lived out doing God's work. We will all miss Pete. Many of us have learned from him and will keep his lessons close to our hearts, in mind and action. His wife, our new President Vivian Meletis, will be continuing on in his footsteps and we can be sure Pete's mission will be attained.
Peter Thomas Meletis (Evripido Soterios) was born on July 21, 1931 in Washington DC, and raised in Alexandria, VA to Greek Immigrant parents Soterios, (Tom) from Thrace, Turkey and Anna Anagnostopoulos Meletis of Peramos, Asia Minor. Peter, affectionately called Rip, grew up in a loving family with his sister, Bessie M. Charuhas and brother Angelo Meletis. Peter graduated from George Washington High School in 1949. He was raised in the family's Virginia Motel and Restaurant business in Old Town, Alexandria.
"Freedom is not Free." Many will recognize this as a favorite saying of Peter Meletis. On November 21, 2020 Peter Thomas Meletis passed away peacefully at home with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side.
In 1949, Peter enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and trained in Parris Island, SC. His Unit was Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division. From 1950 to 1951 Peter fought in the Chosin Reservoir and Battle of Hill 812. There he received two Purple Hearts, and Unit Citation. Peter enjoyed many recent Reunions with his Marine Brothers in Branson, MO.
In 1952 Peter enrolled at Wake Forest University on the GI Bill. He spoke fondly of seeing Arnold Palmer on the Old Campus and loved being a Demon Deacon. Peter graduated in 1955 with a BA in Education.
In 1961, Peter moved to Winston-Salem NC and raised 4 children. He opened and was the General Manager of the Parkway Chalet Motel and the Alpine Supper Club, a new sensation! In 1964, Peter was a founding partner of the Hawaiian themed Sheraton Motel. In 1974 Peter built the Master Host Inn and Country Kitchen in Statesville NC, Master Host Inn in Columbia SC, and the Red Carpet Inn in Orangeburg SC. Peter went on to develop and build numerous Motels, Restaurants and Shopping centers in NC, SC and VA.
In 1985 Peter moved to Lake Norman NC. As a developing partner in the I-77, Exit 36 acreage, Peter and his partners were responsible for bringing water and sewer to Hwy 150, Exit 36, now called Consumer Square. In order for this to take place, he had to promise so many new jobs to the State. Peter and 3 partners, James Jennings, Tom Gallos and Jimmy McKnight began developing the acreage with Pete building a restaurant named Scallywags and the Master Host Inn. He was the managing partner. He sold the restaurant several year later. He also was successful in bringing in Wendy’s and Taco Bell. The property was eventually sold and the new owner Bennison continued to development what you see today with the exception of the Applebee’s lot that Peter privately sold.
In 1993, Peter and a friend created Meletis/Gallos and built 6 sets of duplexes called Brookview Woods and owned and operated it until 2007.
In 1997 Peter met the love of his life Vivian Carol Smith. They married in 1998 and enjoyed traveling to Sunset Beach and the NC Mountains and Tarpon Springs, FL. Together they made a great team. Peter co-founded Iredell County's Stocks for Tots with Don Miller and 2 years later stepped away. In May 2002, Pete became the 1st Commandant of the Iredell County Marine Corps League and spent several years as the Commandant of the Department of NC’s Marine Corps League in which he was instrumental in creating over 30 new detachments throughout NC. Vivian began working with the Marine Toys for Tots in 2002 in honor of Pete and has been Coordinator for 12 years.
In 2005-2006 Peter, his sister Bessie Charuhas and Willis Spivey teamed up together and built a shopping center located at 265 N. Main St. in Troutman named Char-Mel. After bringing in a few shops, it was sold in October of 2006. Pete also helped feed the Veterans and their wives twice a month with FeedNC. On July 21, 2016, Peter had the vision of starting the Piedmont Veteran's Assistance Council (PVAC) to assist Veterans in their time of need. It has been going strong ever since.
Peter put God and Jesus first and always gave credit to God for his many blessings. He was a founding member of both St. Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA and St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church in Mooresville NC. He was also a member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem, NC. In recent years Peter dreamed of and founded the Iredell County Transitional Shelter in Statesville NC. He was often heard saying "Failure is not an Option!"
Pete was once asked by a man how he had managed to become so successful that everything he touched turned to gold. He simply answered him and told him he had a great partner. He was then asked if he thought his partner would be interested in taking on another partner. His reply was you can ask him. When asked who his partner was Pete simply pointed upward and said God. One of his other poignant sayings was this; “We should spend more time building monuments in the hearts of our fellow man than those of brick and mortar”.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 22 years Vivian, children Tom Meletis (Effie), Nick Meletis (Joanna), Ann Scott (Don), and Cheryl Meletis; Chad Smith (Destiny Bowie), Miranda Oglesby (Zane); grandchildren Peter Meletis, Stephanie Proffitt (John), Honeigh Strickland (Dan), Lucas Meletis, Rip Scott, Nicholas Scott, Wilson Ebert (Corie), Harrison Ebert; and great grandchildren William Ebert, Thomas and Peter Ebert. Christos Ebert preceded in Heaven.