In 2017, our veterans and The Journey Home accomplished great things—as we begin 2018, we’d like to pause to reflect on last year’s achievements.
If this is your first time hearing of The Journey Home, we’re a transitional home for homeless veterans. You can read more about our mission here.
Together we helped:
- 52 homeless veterans off the streets
- 33 veterans find housing
- 5 non-disabled veterans into employment
We case managed:
- 33 veterans into VA benefits
- 31 veterans into non-VA benefits
Because of generous donations from communities, businesses, and individuals, The Journey Home was able to add two non-paid beds in December 2017. We now can fill two additional beds outside our VA funding contract, potentially supporting 4-6 more homeless veterans off the streets and into housing in 2018.
Our beds were 90% full in 2017, compared to 76% full in 2016, taking more homeless Veterans off the streets in 2017. Every time there is an empty bed at The Journey Home, there is a homeless veteran on the streets, not eating well and not engaged in healthcare.
In September 2017, the VA awarded The Journey Home an extended five-year contract. This contract was awarded based on past performance, with the expectation that we will continue to put our veterans first. We are very proud of this accomplishment, and to be able to support our veterans in the years to come is an accomplishment our community support can also be proud of.
Goals for 2018
The Journey Home is the first step to ending our veterans’ homelessness, and current funding has a time limit of 3-6 months. There are second, third, and other steps that our veterans need support through as they re-establish their independence. There is more that we can do, and we want to make sure the support we give our veterans continues after they leave The Journey Home.
The Journey Home is working hand-in-hand with federal, state, and other funding sources to develop specific employment and continual transitional supports for our Veterans once they’ve entered housing.
The Journey Home is blessed to receive incredible support from the Winchester community who join with us to end veteran homelessness. We’re working on several new initiatives and events to help community members get involved and raise awareness about veteran homelessness and our important work. Stay tuned for announcements in the coming weeks!