By John Ostapkovich
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – It’s barely six months from yesterday’s groundbreaking to the expected September opening of a transitional facility for homeless veterans in Camden.
About a quarter of all the homeless are veterans, the vast majority of them honorably discharged, say the folks behind Home for the Brave, to be built on Atlantic Avenue, right next to the Aletha Wright Service Center run by Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.
“There’ll be a one-story, 30-bed dormitory-style facility,” COO Gina Adams says. “Their meals will be provided. They’ll have meeting space. They’ll have space for the Veterans Administration to come in, to have everything right here on site.”
The idea is to serve those who served us, and Adams says the clientele won’t be hard to find. Many are already getting services in the Wright Center, and she expects word will get out to those still on the street that someone is ready, willing and (soon) able to help ge them off it.