About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center is to assist our local military veterans with job placement, filing claims with the Veterans Administration, help those veterans who find themselves in deep financial difficulties, and to shelter those honorably discharged veterans who are homeless.

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.

About the Center

This center is a non-profit organization, incorporated in South Carolina. The center is not affiliated with any government agency, including the Veterans Administration. The center was established for the sole purpose of providing veterans with much needed assistance in learning about and applying for benefits due to each individual veteran.

The center was founded by veterans and others who support veterans and their rights. The center staff is currently an all volunteer group (no staff receive any money for any reason). A Board of Directors exists to oversee the operations of the center, as well as, the services provided.

It is important to note that Ron and Amy, and everyone who works at the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center are volunteers who have a deep desire to help those veterans who, for whatever reason, need assistance.

The board and the staff invite all veterans and any other interested parties to stop by and visit the center. Staff will be available during our normal business hours to provide information and answer questions regarding the center’s work.

Meet the Director

Ronald Wilson

Ron is the Director of the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, SC. The Center provides job placement services, help with VA claims, financial assistance for those veterans who find themselves in a financial crisis, and is also a shelter for homeless veterans. Ron joined the Center in 2015 as a member of the House Committee, and later the Finance Committee. In early 2017 Ron became a member of the Board of Directors, and with the retirement of the founder, Kris Tourtellote, he became the Director. Ron’s duties are to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Center, and communicate with local citizens and civic organization.

Ron joined the US Army in January 1970, and after basic training, was assigned to the Signal Training Center at Ft Gordon, GA. In March 1971 Ron was sent to Vietnam where he worked in the Force Development office of the 1st Signal Brigade, USASTRATOM. Ron was honorably discharged from the US Army as a Sergeant E-5 in February 1972.

Ron has a BS from Madonna University, a MA from the University of Detroit, and a JD from Michigan State University. Ron is a retired police officer, a retired college professor, and a retired attorney.

Meet the Board of Directors

Keith Bacon, Chairman

Keith is chairman of the board of directors, at the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Centre. He joined the board in 2015 as a member of the house committee and later was a member of the finance committee. In 2017 he was elected as chairman of the board and is responsible to conduct weekly meetings that establish the guidelines for monetary allocations as well as to determine entrance requirements for occupancy into the Hutton House or the Rotary House.

Keith attended Howard University in Washington DC where he played football and completed basic and advanced ROTC. He has a BA degree in Social Sciences.

In 1969 he was commissioned second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch of the United States Army. Keith completed Airborne and Ranger school and then joined the 82nd Airborne Division. He completed Pathfinder school prior to spending a year in Korea. Keith was promoted to Captain and was assigned to the Armor school at Fort Knox Ky, in the command and staff department where he was subject matter expert of the tank platoon in defense and delay.

In 1977 Keith became a supervisor of manufacturing for General Motors Corporation. He was promoted to general supervisor and then superintendent of manufacturing responsible for the torque converter production business team. He retired after 30 years service.

 

Scott McMorrow, Employment Outreach 

Scott is a member of the Board of Directors of the Veterans Welcome
Home and Resource Center. Scott has been with the center since 2015, and has been assisting veterans with employment opportunities. Scott is a United States Marine Corps veteran of Desert Shield / Desert Storm.
Scott is originally from Massachusetts, and currently resides in Longs, SC with his wife Christine.

 

John Hymes

John is a member of the Veterans Welcome Home Board of Directors.He serves as a mentor and liaison person for any Veteran who wishes to begin or continue in higher education or future training to improve their current economic situation. He graduated from Fresno State College with a degree in History and Physical Education. He served with the US Peace Corps as an RCD Volunteer in Turkey from l964-66 then as a RCD TESL Volunteer in Ponape, Eastern Caroline Islands from l966-68. Later, he received his MA and PhD in Middle East History from The Ohio State University . He served as a US Navy PACE officer teaching history on the USS Belleau Wood, LHA3 in the summer of 2004. John retired from full time college / university History teaching in 2013.

 

Edith Sheilds

Edith Shields joined the Board of Directors in 2018. She is a retired probation professional having worked 31 years for the Westchester County Department of Probation, as a Probation Officer and Supervisor in both the Family Court and Criminal Court Divisions. Mrs. Shields has experience in the areas of Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues. She has served on Professional and Local Civic Boards, managed grant programs, served on professional committees, presented at local, state, and national forums and was a certified instructor and instructor evaluator for the Probation Department.

Mrs. Shields has a Bachelors Degree in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Long Island University.

 

Alan Faulkenberry

Alan became a member of the Board of Directors in October 2018.

Alan’s military career began in 1969 when he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He served two years on active duty aboard the USS BIDDLE, a Guided Missile Destroyer from 1970-71. After release from active duty in 1971, Alan continued in a drilling status until 1990 when he was recalled to active duty for six months in support of Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. In this capacity Alan served as the Admin Chief for the Third Naval Construction Regiment (Seabees) . He retired from the Navy Reserves in 1994 after 24 years of service attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Alan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro earning a BA degree in Economics.

Alan, a Certified Purchasing Manager, retired from Volvo Truck in Greensboro, NC in 2007, as a Senior Buyer. He now resides in North Myrtle Beach with his wife of 48 years, Diana.