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Veteran Homestead began as a safe place for elderly veterans or homeless veterans with life-threatening conditions to live in a safe, affordable, and supportive environment. At the Hero Homestead (shown here) in Leominster, MA, residents are encouraged to help each other and attend to as many of their own needs as possible. Other Veteran Homestead facilities are located in Fitchburg and Gardner, MA,Fitzwiliam, NH, and Caguas, PR.
Today, the program also provides younger veterans with additional assistance to help them return to civilian life including counseling, occupational therapy, and job training. While a resident at the Veteran Homestead house in Leominster, MA, Chris attended college to be a physical therapist assistant. Today, he serves on the organization’s board and volunteers his services to help other vets (Chris and patient shown right). Because of his job training and subsequent career, Chris was able to purchase a home of his own.
The Veteran Victory Farm (shown below) in New Hampshire is a supportive housing program located on an eighty acre working organic vegetable farm. This program offers a lifestyle change to homeless veterans who need additional help transitioning to independent housing.
The organization's newest project, the Northeast Veteran Training Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC), focuses on education, physical, occupational, and emotional therapy with an emphasis on family counseling along with the life and recreational skills. In partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College, veterans and their spouses can take classes. Housing units are fully handicapped accessible.
GreatrGood.org supports Veteran Homestead's programs to help the elderly or the homeless recover in a caring environment and, for younger veterans, return to the workforce through job training and occupational therapy.