Thanks to a great team of groups and programs our club has recently engaged in a very worthwhile endeavor!  Project Welcome home is a program launched by our Club in conjunction with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 327 in 2015. 
 
 
     The program helps formerly homeless vets get back on their feet, by providing them with the basics of having a household in this day and age.   Our team goes out and shops for the list down to the forks and knives, and then delivers them directly to the newly homed vets.
     So far this year alone over 30 formerly homeless vets have been assisted by the program.  Through various methods and for various reasons the homeless veteran enrolls in a program called Hope for Veterans out of Lyons VA Hospital.  They complete a program that helps them with the basics, finding employment, getting a home, addressing physical, or mental issues that they may be facing.  Upon completion they find a regular place of residence in which they merely have the place of residence.  Many of the apartments we deliver to have nothing, bare floors, walls, kitchen cabinets, etc.  However it is far better than living on the street.  This is where Rotary's participation begins.  We solicit a wish list through Hope for Veterans created by the veteran.  They ask for the basics that we often take for granted that normalize daily living, and provide a sense of pride as they vets are able to restart with a new apartment, new utensils, fixtures, blankets and towels among other items.
     Our small project quickly grew to become a district wide endeavor in which 50% of our districts clubs have come on board to participate either through shopping, raising, funds, or helping to organize and deliver the items purchased to formerly homeless US Veterans.   To date over $20,000 dollars has been raised and we are continuing in 2016 towards a grant to make sure the program stays adequately funded and out participation can continue. 
      Unfortunately with our nation continually at war it is nice to bring a sense of peace to these deserving vets.  We continue to look for regular revenue sources, additional clubs to participate, and corporate participation.  If you, your group, or your company would like to donate, please contact us for details.