Our purpose is to help Vermont’s Homeless Veterans by providing desperately needed resources in an all-in-one locale so these Veterans may regain their PRIDE, reach their full potential, and once again become contributing members of society. The Veterans’ Place is a transitional housing facility combined with assistive services for Homeless Veterans in Central Vermont and we have more than twenty-five other dedicated partners helping us. Our goal is to help Homeless Veterans transition from the homeless population to thriving citizens. Participants at the Veterans’ Place must be substance free, help with household chores, work diligently on self-improvement (including finding employment), maintain a healthy lifestyle, and volunteer within the community. In return, participants may stay up to two years in our structured program.
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The home opened in 2009 after a Vietnam veteran by the name of Richard Schroeder (Doc) got together with some clergy in Barre Vermont. Doc had struggled for many years with PTSD and alcohol abuse and was homeless. He finally got clean and thought that there should be a place for veterans to live while they get their lives together. The group got together and worked diligently with the VA and a local bank. Together they were able to receive a grant and along with it a loan to purchase and upgrade the building they found in Northfield which had been the Northfield Hospital at one time. With the capacity for up to 26 residents at any given time makes us the largest veteran transitional home in the State of Vermont. We are also the only facility that provides meals for the residents.
Veterans can now apply to reside at The Veterans’ Place for up to a two-year period. Our residents suffer from injuries acquired in the service of our country, including the invisible, terrible PTSD. We offer assistance with tasks such as completing applications for disabilities, employment and housing. Transportation is provided to and from appointments to places such as the Veterans Hospital. They are also provided with meals and supported emotionally as they make the difficult return to ability to function in society. We save their lives.
We have seen our government send out soldiers into combat, but when they return there is little support for them. We are assisting them as they put their lives back together and become independent. One out of every four males that are homeless in our country is a veteran. No veteran should ever have to worry about where their next meal is coming from or where they are going to sleep.