Dr. Christeen Verchot, PhD, RN, LTC (Retired) USAF, joined the DNA team at its meeting on August 15. Project Veterans Pride(PVP) is a non-profit organization created to address the devastating incidence of homelessness among the men and women who risked their lives for our nation. Between 529,000 and 840,000 of these veterans are homeless at some time during the year. Research also shows that the greatest risk factors for homelessness are lack of support and social isolation after discharge. Social networks are particularly important for those who have a crisis or need temporary help. Without this assistance, they are at high risk for homelessness. PVP works hard to create a well-balanced environment that will successfully transition Veterans back into society.
Dr. Verchot and her team provides qualifying Veterans a place to catch their breathe at the James Walton Home. For 90 days, Veterans can live in the home-like environment. They’ll receive healthy meals and healthy lifestyle counseling, community job training workshops, transportation, case management to pinpoint goals and potential barriers, support services and more. “Our goals is to help Veterans gain self-sufficiency and find meaningful work, ultimately locating a place they can call home,” says Verchot.
DNA Members have donated to the organization in the past and had a lot of fun doing it! Rebecca Barcy and her children had a fun day picking out blankets to donate to the James Walton Home.