Community Helps Homeless Veterans
by Laura Monteverdi, Reporter
November 08, 2012 5:02 PM
It can be a struggle when those who fought for our country return from duty. Many Veterans suffer from homelessness and deal with severe financial and health burdens.
“When you are homeless a lot of times the biggest part that you struggle with is the anxiety of what is going to happen next,” said Veteran Brian Eggers.
Eggers said when he returned from war, he found himself with nowhere to go-until he found the Berakhah House.
“When they showed me my room and showed me the kitchen and explained the program to me I was just completely overwhelmed and I wished all homeless vets could experience something like this,” said Eggers.
Since 2010 the Berakhah House has provided emergency housing and supportive services to over 100 Veterans. In honor of Veterans Day on Sunday an open house was held to thank those in the community who have helped provide support and funds for the program.
“We are really thankful for the way the community has reached out to us and supported Veterans here in Sioux Falls,” said Chris Nelson, of Volunteers of America, Dakotas.
Representatives from the Veterans Administration, Volunteers of America and Home Depot were recognized for the support they've given to the program.
“We put a new roof on, we've redone our parking lot, we got a flagpole up and we’ve upgraded all of our rooms,” said Nelson.
AseraCare Hospice was there to present a check for $860. The support from the community has helped to fund a new program that will provide 25 apartments for homeless Veterans.
“Veterans will be placed into those apartments and we will provide intensive case management services in coordination with our VA partners,” said Nelson.
Eggers said that without the help, he doesn't know where he would be.
“I just walked in there that day and it was so easy- it just changed my life completely,” said Eggers.
With the support of the community, the Berakhah House has been successful in finding permanent housing for over 80 percent of the Veterans they have helped.