Are you a Veteran? We see you, and we honor you. We will bring your neighbors, and partner with your community, as we walk together to support you in your journey home; to “end Veteran homelessness.” This mission is critical, especially across rural America. Veterans in rural populations are referred to within government circles as “the hidden.” The VA, the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other Federal agencies know that Veterans are homeless or otherwise at risk within rural communities, but the difficulty in how to find these individuals and give them support is not yet been resolved. We believe Veterans are “hidden” only because they do not gather in locations common to other homeless or those at risk; such as the shelters, camps, soup or food kitchens. Veterans gather, but they gather as parts of church congregations. They attend medical appointments. They grocery shop and are neighbors and members of families.
Just like when this TJH story started, we create partnerships of communities and individuals so that together we can find the “hidden” Veteran; to lift them up and provide the stability, the support, and the interventions that will empower them with hope, dignity, and independence. In talking to Veterans, hearing their stories and wrapping our arms around them, we have learned that their “love for Country” is rooted in their love for their families, their neighbors, and their communities. They sacrificed their lives for you, and instead of feeling more connected to those they love upon returning home, they are more disconnected than ever and do not know how to reengage with those they love and with their communities.
Our Vision: The Journey Home will honor, empower, and provide essential programming to homeless and at-risk Veterans for their journey to achieve and sustain healthy interactions, health connections and healthy relationships.