Searsmont – Homeless veterans living in the cold have a new place to stay. The Gary Owen House officially opened its doors today.
They are called heroes for a reason. Although they are done serving in the military, their mission is not done quite yet. Founders of The Gary Owen House and Motorcycle Club are working to provide veterans with a transitional home.
“The motorcycle club for the last 2 weeks have been working almost day and night to be able to do this,” said Lou Pelletier, the president of the Board of Directors, “It took them to be able to come together and do what needed to be done.”
Veterans across the state now have a safe haven to go to for shelter, love and peace. The Gary Owen House will provide temporary housing with resources that is dedicated to help put them back on their feet. It will also give them support services with recreational and vocational activities
“The expectations are – they are going to feel like they are safe,” said Pelletier, “They are well fed and don’t have those kind of stress that are counteracting any positive things that may be happening.”
They will first go through a screening and interview process, which will help accommodate to their needs.
“The veterans probably have needs that’s different from others,” he said, “They have a need to be able to communicate with people who have undergone the same stresses they have.”
While others are preparing to visit families for Christmas and the holidays to exchange gifts. This house is a gift, free of charge to veterans everywhere.
“It’s that understanding,” said Pelletier, “There are ways of helping one another that maybe a civilian might not be in touch with.”
This is just one of the houses built for the cause. They are planning to continue to this effort not just in the state but throughout the country. The Gary Owen house is seeking help from the community to donate to their mission, which is to help veterans everywhere.
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