by Amanda Falkenbury
Dr. Richard Bush, Director of eLearning Services, and I visited the Detroit Veterans Housing Program this week. We were invited for a tour by Volunteers of America Michigan. This program offers two-year transitional housing for homeless veterans. The facility houses 60 beds and is currently filled to capacity – only six months after opening its doors (November 11, 2011). In addition to housing, the program provides veterans with counseling, employment training, and job placement assistance. Leading the tour was Emilie Rohrback, Director of Community Engagement for Volunteers of America (Southeast Michigan). She showed us around the common areas as well as the living quarters. Upon visiting the living quarters, Dr. Bush, an army veteran himself, commented on the neatly made beds and the perfectly aligned shoes (heel to heel) sitting under each bed. “It never leaves you”, he said, referencing the neatness required of military personnel.
The facility is located on the outskirts of Detroit’s New Center area. The program is housed in a building on East Milwaukee and offers a spectacular mural of Detroit at first view when you walk through the entrance. When leaving the building I took one last look at the mural; it reminded me that Detroit is home - even to those who are homeless.
If you’d like to learn more about the Detroit Veterans Housing Program, here is their website: