In Williston: Something Good for Vets

Sitting in front of the Public Health Center in Spokane, Washington, The Guardians Foundation Executive Director Michael Shaw (l) listens to the Victory Village concept from its founder, Brett Evans (r) of Evans Rentals LLC.

Sitting in front of the Public Health Center in Spokane, Washington, The Guardians Foundation Executive Director Michael Shaw (l) listens to the Victory Village concept from its founder, Brett Evans (r) of Evans Rentals LLC.

Board Appointment Spells More Good for Vets

Evans Appointed to Guardians Foundation Board in Williston

(Williston, ND) Brett Evans, Owner of Evans Rentals LLC has been appointed to the Board of Directors for The Guardians Foundation, according to Michael L. Shaw, Executive Director.

A man of sure vision, Brett Evans is determined to see Williston's Victory Village through to completion as soon as lividly possible. Story and photos by Dwayne Parsons

A man of sure vision, Brett Evans is determined to see Williston’s Victory Village through to completion as soon as lividly possible. Story and photos by Dwayne Parsons


Evans is the founder and general contractor of the vision to build Victory Village, a 200-bed facility planned for construction near Williston dedicated to housing, training and assisting Veterans from all wars who come to the area for employment.

What it could mean for Williston-area Vets

Victory Village, when completed, will provide access to counselors, job training, and assistance in job placement.

Working directly with Williston State College, Victory Village will also provide in-house classes on VA benefits, licensing for CDL and other education-related topics that will make job placement easier.

“They will be able to learn while living in a clean, dry and safe environment, eating 3 meals a day,” Evans said.

About The Guardians Foundation

The Guardians Foundation, a non-profit 501c3, is headquartered in Spokane, Washington, but recently opened the Williston House downtown to assist up to 170 individuals through 30-day cycles annually.

To date, the Foundation has assisted 14 Veterans in acquiring area jobs collectively earning a whopping $1,300,000 in annual wages.

Evans Rentals LLC is registered with the Federal government as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Business.

Evans believes his alignment with The Guardians Foundation will finally advance his vision for the Victory Village project.

One more road block

Victory Village lost its Conditional Use Permit last year because Evans could not raise the funding to start and complete the project and now must apply for another permit.
With the help of The Guardians Foundation, he said, we will be able to complete the project through corporate donations.

Right now, many of these Vets are living in man camps similar to the one in Watford that was hit by the tornado. Others are living out of their cars while they look for work.

A very real solution

Evans hopes his involvement with the Foundation and WSC will allow him to move through the permit process faster this time because, “It’s very difficult for a construction worker to lift plywood into place in strong winds at below zero temperatures.”

“The need for this facility is now. Our vets deserve decent housing while they look for work and get back on their feet. The sewer and infrastructure are in place. All we’re lacking is the county’s permit to move forward,” Evans said.