In partnership with HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE), U.S.VETS recently dedicated five newly-renovated apartments that will provide temporary housing for homeless veterans at the U.S.VETS – Inland Empire facility at March ARB in Riverside, California.
“U.S.VETS is thankful for the outstanding work that has been done by HomeAid in the past few months to help us provide a comfortable and safe place for the veteran clients we serve at this facility, and for the opportunity they provided to have five of the resident veterans here involved with doing some of the renovation work,” says President & CEO Stephen Peck. “We are looking forward to continuing to work with HomeAid Inland Empire in the months ahead to make additional improvements to the facility,” he added.
For Army veteran James Andrews, moving into one of the new apartments marks a new chapter in his life. James found himself homeless, living in his truck and bouncing from place to place, after a series of devastating setbacks. The loss of his business in the recession, his mother’s death from cancer, and a diagnosis of Ménières disease made it difficult for James to stay stable. He came to U.S.VETS last summer, and has been working hard to get back on his feet ever since. With the availability of these new apartments, James is finally able to feel back in control. “It’s kind of weird to be in my own place again,” he says. “It’s been such a long time.”
To read more about James, check out this feature article from the Press Enterprise.