We continue to welcome veterans into The FIVE Star Veterans Center, where we help those experiencing homelessness get back to work by providing safe and secure housing with wraparound services, intensive case management and counseling that promotes mental and physical wellness. Since our inception in 2012, over 90 veterans have lived at the Center; we are currently hosting 31 veterans.
At Five Star, we are grateful to the private and group donations that allow us to continue our mission. In 2015 we have been the fortunate recipients of time, talent, funding and donations from many organizations and individuals, including The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, American Legion Post 283 and The 283 Legion Riders, The Knights of Columbus, TPC “Story Tellers”, Citibank, Bank of America, The Jacobs Foundation and Home Depot’s National Foundation. In addition, the J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Veterans Fund through the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida awarded a grant to the Center to establish and fund a Mental Health Department with a Licensed Counselor and several interns from the University of North Florida. This Department is up and running with definite benefits for our residents and other Veterans.
We also give back to the community. Twice annually, we host Food Pantry events, providing much needed meat, fresh fruit, vegetables and various canned and packaged foods to residents of our neighborhood and local veterans.
As always, we are continually looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist us in meeting our mission goals. All potential volunteers are encouraged to visit the Center to see our operation first hand and to meet the staff and Residents.
Col. Len Loving
CEO, Five Star Veterans Center