On May 31, 2013, U.S.VETS broke ground on a new facility in Washington D.C. that will provide 85 beds to homeless veterans in our nation’s capital.
On any given night, there are over 500 homeless veterans sleeping on the streets in Washington, D.C., and there simply aren’t enough resources to help them regain self-sufficiency. The new U.S.VETS facility will operate the largest program of its kind for homeless veterans in the area. Renovations of the new facility located on Wayne Place in Southeast DC are scheduled to begin this month and occupancy will begin in Spring 2014.
For Chief Operations Officer Darryl Vincent, the new facility has special significance. “I grew up ten minutes away from this new U.S.VETS location,” he says. “I went to high school here. It’s very meaningful to me to be able to bring services to veterans in the neighborhood where I grew up, to build a program in a community which I am very close to. It’s all come full circle for me.”
Little did Darryl know just how complete that circle would be. At the groundbreaking event, Darryl was surprised to run into an old friend he hadn’t seen for 26 years: Colonel Anthony Henderson, who came to the groundbreaking to represent the Office of Warrior and Family Support.
The two had met in college, and were both enrolled in the Navy ROTC program. “We were both from the D.C. area, so when we met we became friends,” Darryl says. When Darryl left college to join the Marine Corps, he and Col. Henderson lost touch.
However, a quarter of a century later, both men are working to provide veterans and their families the resources they need. Col. Henderson currently serves as Special Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for Warrior and Family Support. Neither knew that the other would be at the U.S.VETS groundbreaking event, and when they reconnected they were both happy to see an old friend working for their same cause. With the new U.S.VETS facility in Washington D.C., both men will have an opportunity to see their hard work benefit veterans from around their hometown.