Helping Homeless Veteran's

By KB

Homeless Veteran Drive

The Dodge House

The Dodge House is a Veteran Assistance Office that help Veterans that are in need. The Dodge House is located in Rutland, VT. This group was created in the 1970's by a group of Vietnam Veterans who saw the lack in support for Veterans. According to the Dodge House website, the Veterans that started the Veteran Assistance group, started in a back of a school bus and used borrowed space to drives to get donations. The Dodge House gives housing to both men and women who have served and are experiencing homelessness. The Dodge House offers a safe place for these Veterans to get back on their feet.

Why are Veterans Homeless?

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, a lot of veterans come back from active duty with PTSD, which makes it hard for them to find work due to the fact that little things can aggravate their PTSD and cause them to have different kinds of reactions that could be violent. PTSD can also lead to substance abuse. Substance abuse is also another thing that can lead to homelessness. Some veterans turn to substance abuse because of lack of family and social support networks. Military jobs are not always able to be transferred into civilian jobs, this is also another big factor in homelessness.

How can we help?

The Dodge House is always looking for donations to help them succeed in helping in need Veterans. They actually have created a wish list of stuff that is crucial for them to have.


Wish List:

  • Paper Towels
  • Coffee
  • Food Containers
  • Food
  • Postage Stamps
  • Envelopes
  • Personal Care Items (men and women)
  • Bath Towels
  • New Bedding
  • Shampoo and Conditioner (men and women)


You can even volunteer to help transport Veterans, or even do activities with them outside the house.

Dodge House Donation Drive

Wednesday, March 24th, 8:30am to Sunday, April 25th, 2:15pm

Fair Haven, VT, USA

Fair Haven, VT

This drive is being held by the Slate Valley Unified School District. This drive will be held to raise awareness of homeless Veterans, while helping them at the same time. This drive means a lot to the staff and volunteers at the Dodge House, it really helps out the Veterans there to have a nice stay while they are working on getting on their feet.

Citations

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. 2021, nchv.org/index.php/news/media/media_information/. Accessed 26 Mar. 2021. The Dodge House. 2021, dodgehousevt.org/about-us. Accessed 26 Mar. 2021.