New facility offers more support to veterans
COLUMBIA – A new facility for veterans will allow access to more supportive services.
On Tuesday the non-profit Welcome Home will move from its current location, 1206 Rangeline Street, to a new facility located at 2120 Business Loop 70 E.
Welcome Home provides a bridge to community for those who have served the country.
The move will accommodate more veterans and their families.
Tim Rich, Welcome Home executive director, said, “This new transitional housing facility allows us to serve up to 34 Veterans, male and female, as well as veterans with children or who are wheelchair bound.”
Veterans who are a part of Welcome Home can stay at the facility for up to six months before transitioning to independent housing.
Sophia Swyers, Welcome Home transitional housing director, said the larger facility has more dining and office space, a bigger computer lab, laundry services and overall better access to individualized services.
“So being able to increase those numbers from really 12 spaces or really only 10 beds to 32 rooms is huge,” Swyers said. “We now have the space to do the things that we need to do.”
Swyers said the move is necessary for veterans and the organization.
“We’ve done a lot with a little and now we’re going to be able to do even more with a little bit more,” Swyers said.
Last year Welcome Home housed more than 160 veterans.