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The Redeemer House for Veterans project is dedicated to the establishment of a learning resource center and housing facility for military veterans with chronic mental disorders resulting from their military service.
It is our dream that such a facility will ultimately house and care for between 20 and 30 veterans currently homeless and adrift from Post Traumatic Stress and other disorders.
Such a facility will be staffed, principally, by a Catholic group called Brothers of Charity who have worked extensively with the mentally ill in the United States and abroad.
The life of the community will integrate staff with those marginalized by their disease in a homelike environment in which all will live together, and in which support and dignity will prevail.
The Brothers of Charity are self supporting. All revenues raised will be applied to the veterans and their needs.
Redeemer House for Veterans is a start-up non profit based on the L'Arche model of loving care for individuals marginalized by their mental illness.
This model for community living has been successfully adapted by the Brothers of Charity for use in a variety of settings, including Philadelphia, Los Angelos (?) and over seas.
The L’Arche model was developed by Jean Vanier as a community in a family-like home where "people with and without disabilities share their lives together, and give witness to the reality that persons with disabilities possess inherent qualities of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship" http://www.larcheusa.org/
The Brothers, because of their religious commitment to community life, are uniquely positioned to adapt to this style of living.
While the home will not serve as a mental health facility, many of the Brothers are registered nurses, well versed in mental and other health issues. This expertise will help the Brothers and other staff bring appropriate attention to those in need, and direct those suffering to the appropriate resources available.
Such resources, identified by the Redeemer House project include, education, training, and mental and physical health care offered by the Veterans Administration, state and local government entities, and various other altruistic programs.
The first phase of our project is to set up the various resources and functionality necessary to run the organization and create a viable public presence.
We have already set up a Facebook page, http://on.fb.me/HyTOFw and tweet regularly, twitter.com/alice4redeemer. We have written numerous blogs http://www.redeemerhouseforvets.org/blog/, but seriously need help creating a truly wonderful website and ongoing help with the other social media including the newsletters we intend to send out.
Our second goal is to begin phase two of the operation by creating a Learning Resource Center for the homeless veterans we aim to serve. Related to this will be a crowd funding campaign and solicitations of onsite volunteers and wish list management.
Once achieved, we will proceed with phase three; the fundraising and establishment of the actual home for the homeless veterans who so need and deserve our care.
- Alice Maguire
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