A local real estate company is working with a group that helps to bring military veterans together.
CTK Real Estate, a Kansas City-based commercial real estate development company, worked with After Action Network to create the first physical location for the nonprofit.
“It has been gratifying to work with Joey as he takes After Action Network to the next level with a physical location,” said Chris Kamberis, founder of CTK Real Estate. “After Action Network will help countless veterans regain confidence and purpose as they assimilate back to civilian life.”
After Action Network started as an online community founded by U.S. Marine veteran Joey Williams (pictured above). Williams’ military career ended suddenly after a serious injury.
“My recovery was long and difficult. Although it was a dark time, my recovery ultimately led me into the arts, which added a new purpose and direction to my life,” Williams said. “I founded After Action Network to help other veterans find their passion as well.”
With the help of Kamberis and others, Williams will open The Garrison Café powered by The Roasterie at 512 Southwest Blvd. His dream is to create a place for veterans and civilians to make meaningful connections through a variety of programs and events.
Kamberis met Williams through another Crossroads Arts District real estate developer, Suzy Aron. He said the mission of working with veterans who have struggled with everything from housing to everyday activities resonated with him.
He helped After Action Network work out an agreement to be in the space for several years. The location is currently undergoing renovation.
Williams also connected with local coffee purveyor The Roasterie, which created a specialty blend coffee called Reveille roasted exclusively for After Action Network. The Reveille blend will be sold by local retailers and online at TheRoasterie.com, with 10 percent of proceeds going directly to veterans and their families.
“The Roasterie is honored to be part of this very special collaboration,” said The Roasterie founder Danny O’Neill. “Meaningful community involvement has been an integral cornerstone of our company since we opened in Kansas City 25 years ago. When I met Joey and heard his story and vision, I knew instantly the After Action Network campus aligns with our passion for serving a city we dearly love. The Roasterie Team is proud to have to have our coffee served in The Garrison Café.”