Want to join me in making a difference? I am an honorably discharged United States Marine. I'm raising money to benefit V1ST.ORG , a division of Children's Health Advocacy, Research, Medical Education and Development, Inc., and any donation will help make an impact. Too, I am striving to honor a man who had a significant impact on my life especially when I was in high school -- the comedian -- Robin Williams. Throughout the years Robin did so very much to help a great many organizations and individuals I was affiliated with, and I want to repay his generosity.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released an estimate that calculates on any given night there will be 47,725 veterans who are homeless. The true extent of homelessness among veterans cannot be calculated with complete accuracy because some of these individuals fall through the cracks or fail to take advantage of certain safety net programs. Another 1.4 million other veterans, meanwhile, are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.
American veterans have sacrificed and risked everything to protect the country and the citizens of the United States. They have been separated from their friends and families and placed in hostile situations, where injury or death is a very real possibility. In spite of this, the number of homeless veterans continues to rise and not enough is being done as far as actually helping homeless veterans get back on their feet. As Americans, we owe them this, as well as our gratitude for everything that they have risked or lost while in military service.
V1ST.ORG is working to build The Memorial Veterans Sanctuary , in honor or Robin Williams . Each complex will provide ALL veterans with micro-apartment housing until permanent housing can be located. Unlike homeless shelters, each veterans will have their own private room measuring approximately 12 feet in length by 8 feet in width. Each room will include a locker to store clothes. Each room will also be equipped with a television with a wide range of channels including movie channels. There will also be a reading lamp and side table to store things. Male and female veterans will have their own secured floors. Access to any floor will require a special card key. Accommodations will also be set aside for service animals. Each complex will have showers that will enable veterans to shower in privacy. Each complex will also provide low cost washing machines and dryers so that veterans can do their laundry. For those veterans who might have more belongings than can fit into a locker -- no problem: safe, secure storage lockers will be available to store those additional items. A cafeteria will provide at least three (3) nourishing meals at either very low or no cost to the veterans. There will also be a library where veterans can access books, and a computer lab where veterans can access the internet. There will be onsite medical care for veterans requiring assistance. Also a social service office where veterans can meet with a variety of individuals that will work tirelessly to find them permanent housing. Likewise, there will also be a community room where veterans can hang out with other veterans. A theater where stage shows can be exhibited. And a chapel will be on-site so that veterans can continue to pursue their spiritual beliefs. Most importantly, veterans can stay at one of these complexes for as long as they need to.
Along side these efforts, V1ST will also be striving to build apartment complexes for the veterans to then transition to.