Andrew

Andrew, 28, a former sailor, sees a bright future ahead after living at the Veterans home.

Veterans Transitional Living Program

 

War changes people.

In some cases, the experiences are so traumatic that our servicemen have a hard time returning to civilian life. They tell stories of addiction, family disintegration and mental illness, including post-traumatic stress disorder.Too often, they end up living on the streets.

In April 2010, Volunteers of America of North Louisiana welcomed the first 20 residents of its newest program, a 56-bed transitional facility for veterans.

Veterans will be able stay in the program for up to 24 months. As they progress, clients will move from the main, clinical-type building into less restrictive apartments next door.

Volunteers of America will provide its expertise in mental health, and connecting people with educational opportunities, jobs and permanent housing, while the VA will cover many of the medical and substance abuse issues the veterans face.

So far, more than 100 veterans have moved to independence. You are invited to tour the facility in one of our remaining regular tours!

 

Wish List

Many of the veterans will come to the shelter with little more than the clothes on their backs. Following are a list of items we will regularly need. For more information, call Gary Jaynes at 212-0663.

  • Toiletries (razors, shaving cream, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash, deodorant)
  • Laundry Detergent pods
  • Towels – bath towels and washcloths
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sheets – Twin Size
  • Pillows
  • Umbrellas
  • Books
  • Games
  • Bus Passes
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