Centrally located on James Island, our home has been recently renovated and restored with the help of our generous community and corporate sponsors. Through our partnership with the VA, we can provide up to 90 days of traditional housing for 16 veterans at a time on a 120-day rotation. We purposefully designed and decorated each room, providing a calming and uplifting environment. Our goal is to provide the means necessary for our guests to learn, heal, and grow so that after their stay they can transition to a new home and plan for financial success so they can then lead fulfilling and successful lives.
Upon arrival, our veteran guests will be greeted by our office manager. She'll get them settled in and help them feel right at home! The house has 7 shared bedrooms and can sleep up to 16. It is also compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, equipped with handicap accessible entrances, rooms, and bathrooms, as well as a dedicated living arrangement with an ADA approved bed.
In the home, we also have many activities available for learning and personal growth opportunities. Our bookcases are fully stocked with a wide range of books and we also have a lot of board games and puzzles to keep them busy.
We provide the necessary medical support to keep our guests healthy. This includes doctor visits, specialty care, mental health checkups, therapy, counseling, or whatever else is best for each individual veteran.
We are so thankful for our spacious yard that our veteran guests can enjoy! Since we base our program on the "home arts" model, the property promotes healthy activities for staying busy as well as learning new skills and interests.
We're very proud of our raised garden beds, planted and maintained by veterans so they can learn how to grow their own food and partake in a healthy farm-to-table lifestyle. We partner with local agricultural outlets to learn sustainability and foster a sense of community.
In their free time, our veterans can enjoy a newly redone basketball court, playing horseshoes, or relaxing in the large green space on the property.
Our goal is to successfully transition veterans out of homelessness and teach them the skills they need to live an independent life. After 120 days, they will either be employed, in a volunteer program, or will be moving on to receive an education. We have partnered with numerous companies in trades like construction, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing to provide quality career opportunities. We mentor them through this entire process and proved the necessary technology to ensure their success.
Each week, the veterans receive a weekly list of their goals and upcoming lessons. Some examples are lawn care, cooking, cleaning, sourcing food, financial planning, etc. We also have resume building workshops and will teach them how to use online technology.
We know that cooking is an essential skill for adults as a form of self-care and responsibility. Our House Chef teaches each veteran how to cook, helping them learn life skills and become self-sufficient. We provide 3 meals a day and 2 snacks for each guest, keeping them well-fed and energized.
Each veteran in our home will receive the proper support and mentoring necessary for healing and growth. Our House Manager is a licensed social worker. We are also a certified hosting site for AA meetings.
We promote a therapeutic culture with the help of our local community partners. Specifically, we encourage a local veteran sailing program, a surfing group on Folly Beach, and joining musical groups.
One of the key features of our program is that we offer transportation to bring our guests wherever they need to go. Whether it is to a community group, medical specialist, or job interview, we support them in their journey and will give them the means necessary for their success.