Permanent Veteran Center Opens
Thanks to the splendid and most appreciated efforts of Toni Perkins, manager of the Home Depot on Newhall Ranch Road, the premises at 23222 Lyons Avenue has become a show place for veterans and their families to enjoy. A brand-new wood plank floor, paint for all newly painted walls and ceiling, refrigeration, new toilet, storage cabinets, and a lot of love for what they do is an effort that we can’t repay them enough for.
Veterans and their families may now also enjoy free Wi-Fi during their visits to the center.
All the furnishings are new, the recently donated baby grand piano, and our reference desk are ready to serve those veterans in need. A brand new laptop computer donated by Dennis Witzel is in place, and being connected to the system along with donations of monitors, keyboards, and a stereo system provided by the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center.
Of course, we have a few minor additions to complete, such as the “Warriors Wall” which is a compilation of the stories authored by Bill Reynolds about our local veterans and their military histories……to be displayed prominently for all to read, and we thought it best to be open for the recent holidays, with a grand opening to be held in Late February.
On the premises is a “one stop shopping” reference desk which provides a multitude of services to the veteran population, including employment opportunities, counseling and therapy, education, transportation, legal and medical services, benefit assistance, and a host of additional choices.
Veterans can also just come on down and “hang out,” read a book from the library, play a game or two, do a jigsaw puzzle, kibitz with other veterans, and sign up to participate in support groups. Obtaining help with veteran benefits promises to be a highlight.
Every Thursday from noon to 3:30 pm, the Food Pantry will be featured, so veterans and their families can partake in the week’s offerings.
Donations to assist veteran families are much appreciated, addressed to the Veteran Services Collaborative at 23222 Lyons Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321. We could also use a few more volunteers to assist the current volunteer center staff.
The Collaborative will continue meeting at the College of the Canyons on the 3rd Friday of every month, 11:30AM at room 301 of University Center, and new members are always invited to join, participate, and provide help to a well-deserved constituency. And don’t forget, there’s a complimentary luncheon served to all attendees at each meeting.
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