You may have seen the ads from Rotary International as part of its “this close” campaign, which culminates a twenty five year effort to eradicate polio throughout the world. This ambitious campaign and its success should inspire anyone fighting to achieve seemingly impossible goals….such as ending homelessness.
Last Memorial Day we posted our own ambitious goal to end veteran homelessness in Glendale. And we are “this close.”
Since last May, we received funding from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Home for Good as well as housing resources from the City of Glendale and the VA to move homeless veterans from the streets to a safe, decent home. This funding allows us to serve homeless and at risk veterans not only in Glendale, but from west Pasadena to the east San Fernando Valley. Thus far we have moved ten veterans to permanent housing and three more are currently in process. In Glendale specifically we will be moving a veteran to housing this week and another, chronically homeless veteran, is completing treatment for alcoholism and will be moving to his new home this summer.
The first veteran we moved to housing following our proclamation was Ken, an 83 year old WWII veteran who had been homeless 13 years. He gave an emotional speech to our 100k Homes Oversight committee earlier this year and continues to do well in his new home. You can read our earlier post about Ken here.
We are not quite ready to declare that we have ended veteran homelessness in Glendale yet. But we are truly “this close.”
MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS
Sunday, May 27th, 1 pm – 4 pm: Wellness Works 3rd Annual Veterans’ Memorial Program, “Stories of the Heart. 540 West Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204.
Monday, May 28th, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.: The City of Glendale and Chamber of Commerce Patriotism Committee Memorial Day Commemoration, 613 East Broadway (Glendale City Hall). Click here for more information.