RICHMOND (WRIC)—Scores of volunteers and businesses in Richmond have come together to provide a home for eight homeless female veterans and their children, after circumstances forced them to live on the streets.
Today more women than ever before are going off to war. But a 2012 report from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs also found that many are coming back home with issues like PTSD, military sexual trauma and, in some cases, homelessness.
“They have a tendency to stay from house to house [with a] sister, girlfriend, temporarily,” said David Williams of DLW Veterans Outreach and Training Center.
Williams served in the Air Force and then worked for the government. After retirement, he started running transitional homes for homeless veterans, but a house in Richmond will be the first for homeless female veterans and their children.
“This year alone, I think we had about six females that came into our facility. We're located at 2706 Chamberlayne Avenue,” Williams said. “They came into our facility and just said they were homeless … and had nowhere to go.”
Almost twenty companies donated more than $100,000 and countless volunteers gave up their time to get the Cowardin Avenue home ready for its future residents. The project will wrap up at the end of October.
People in the neighborhood don't mind the new residents who will be moving in.
“If you serve your country and you have a child and you're back here in the states, doing whatever you need to do to keep going, places like this are pretty necessary for a lot of women,” said neighbor Meaghan King.
A ribbon cutting for the home will take place on Oct. 29.
Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond