U.S. VETS Prescott opens new day center for homeless veterans at Liberty Pointe headquarters
U.S. VETS Prescott opened a first-time day center for homeless veterans on Thursday, Oct. 1, at its new Liberty Pointe headquarters and over 100-unit housing complex on Whipple Street in downtown Prescott.
Executive Director Carole Benedict said the center will be a one-stop place where veterans in need can come and get a shower, a meal, work at a computer station, do laundry, socialize with other veterans and get connected with resources the agency is able to provide, including employment assistance and permanent supportive housing options at their campus or through other local nonprofit agencies.
The center will also give veterans access to phone charging stations, printers and connections to professionals who can assist them with benefit access and other services they might require.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Benedict said this week that the center that will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will likely be available to between six and eight veterans at a time, but over time will be able to accommodate more men and women.
“We are honored to serve in this important role,” said Executive Director Carole Benedict of being selected by the Department of Veteran Affairs to offer this Veteran Service Center for Northern Arizona’s homeless veterans. She noted these services are particularly important because 20% of the city’s homeless population is composed of veterans, many of them disabled senior citizens.
U.S. VETS Prescott opened up its new complex — a public/nonprofit partnership with Bridgepointe Communities — in December 2019. The complex offers transitional housing, housing for those with chronic medical conditions and affordable, independent-living studio apartments.
“These services are a valuable resource for our veterans and their families, and we are so pleased we can help more of them transition into a better life.
The nonprofit is part of a larger nonprofit network that offers 31 residential sites and service centers across the country.
“We will continue in our mission until no man or woman who served our country is left sleeping on its streets,” states the U.S. VETS national mission statement.
U.S. VETS Prescott’s latest endeavor is another private/nonprofit development partnership on the Prescott VA campus. The enhanced use lease project expected to get started in the coming year will renovate six former Fort Whipple officer quarters and build new housing for veterans and veteran couples on an adjacent vacant, three-acre property. The focus of this endeavor will be assisting homeless, at-risk and senior veterans across northern Arizona.
Volunteers and donors interested in assisting with new day center are welcome, Benedict said in a news release. Anyone interested in helping with this endeavor to call 928-583-7199 or contact Development Director Matthew Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Brien at email@example.com.