The Center has been ranked among the top 100 sites for military & veterans assistance by Military Online Colleges
The Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center is a place where any honorably discharged veteran will be welcomed and receive services. The Center offers a warm, friendly, and relaxed environment that will make the veteran feel at home. The Center offers many different services, including referral to other groups and agencies that may benefit the veteran. Although the target population is those military veterans in both North and South Carolina, any honorably discharged veteran seeking assistance will not be turned away.
The main mission of the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center is to assist our local military veterans with job placement, filing VA claims, helping those veterans who find themselves in deep financial difficulties, and to shelter those honorably discharged veterans who are homeless. The Center was established in June 2009 as a 501c3 in a rented house with limited resources. By 2014 the Center had acquired a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house that was converted into office space for the volunteers, and a shelter for homeless veterans. Our financial assistance grew from $300 in 2009 to over $67,000 in 2017. Since the Center is not affiliated with any governmental agency, fundraising is diverse and ranges from golf outings, car shows, donations from local civic and community based organizations, and donations from local citizens who desire to help the Center continue its mission.
The Center assists over 500 military veterans per year who walk through the door. For those veterans who are homeless, and who meet entry requirements, there is a place for them. Since 2014 twenty-five veterans who were homeless and who were admitted to the shelter, have been able to turn their lives around and get back into society as useful members! Probably the most noteworthy accomplishment was conversion of a 40′ shipping container into a “mini-home” for a sheltered veteran. This container allows us to place a veteran into his own home where he must take care of himself and the property. This is how we phase the veteran back into mainstream society. The typical stay in the container house is six months. This project brought the entire community together to get this portion of our mission complete and ready for occupancy.
In order to accomplish these goals we will seek out all available resources within the community, and bring a better awareness to the sacrifices our military veterans have endured to provide safety and security for the United States of America.
We take pride in the fact that we have an all volunteer staff and therefore all donated funds go directly to our program.
2018 Year End Report
2018 was a very good year for the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center! Even though our donations saw a $10,000.00 decline from 2017, we were able to assist 720 local military veterans with job placement, filing claims with the Veterans Administration, assisting with financial difficulties, and housed numerous homeless veterans in the Hutton and Rotary Houses.
The 16 volunteers donated slightly over 7,500 hours to the Center, and drove countless miles to ensure the mission of the Center was completed.
It is our position that 100% of every dollar that is donated tot he Center goes directly to helping veterans. However, when we subtract the money needed for utilities, insurance, maintenance, etc, we are at a 96.6!
We completed a number of projects in 2018 that included re-structuring the kitchen floor and roof, having all new windows installed in the building, replacing worn-out furniture, and upgrading the computer system.
We saw veteran Amy Johnston retire from the Board of Directors, along with Donna King. Edith Shields and Alan Faulkenberry stepped up to replace Amy and Donna.
It is only through the support we have from the community that we are able to continue our mission to assist local veterans, and bring a better awareness to the sacrifices our military veterans have endured to provide safety and security to the United States of America.