Maine organization helping veterans set up their ‘forever homes’

Greg Stevens

The Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance says they want the public’s enable to satisfy desire.

GORHAM, Maine — Following serving their state, lots of veterans in Maine someway stop up residing on the streets. 

When these former assistance customers last but not least get a roof about their heads, they usually have minimal to start around with. For much more than 10 a long time, volunteers with the Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance have crossed the point out setting up “without end homes” for veterans getting off the streets.

But volunteers are having difficulties to keep up with the expanding demand from customers for assistance. 

Immediately after being on a waiting around checklist for months, Army veteran Sandy Hycuna was overjoyed to go into a new apartment, found in a senior housing elaborate in Gorham. Hycuna, who used time dwelling in her jeep with her two pet dogs Max and Titus, was setting up around almost from scratch. So at very first, that intended sleeping on the flooring. 

“We are veterans. We know how to go without having you know?” Hycuna included.

But her condominium failed to keep bare quite lengthy. Volunteers with the Maine Homeless Veterans Alliance delivered a new mattress, household furniture, a kitchen table, dishware, and other merchandise.

Kevin Nicholson is the driving pressure guiding individuals deliveries. As chairman of the nonprofit, the Navy veteran collects utilised and new home furnishings, outfits, and cleanliness kits. Maine companies and neighborhood teams donate the bulk of them. 

MHVA has assisted extra than 300 veterans considering that it was launched in 2012. Nicholson is on the highway virtually each individual working day from Kittery to northern Maine, finding up donated home furniture and providing the objects as veterans go from the streets into their “without end homes.”

“Everything we can to fill up an condominium, so that veteran feels like he is back residence yet again,” Nicholson explained. 

One particular of the projects beneath the MHVA, “It Requires a Village 207,” is holding an on line auction all through the initial 10 days of March. 

There will also be a bowling fundraiser ‘Bowl For A Cause’ on March 3 at Archie’s Spike & Spare Candlepin Bowling from 5-8 pm in Kezar Falls. The money lifted will go to enable acquire a box truck to make larger deliveries and swap a 21-yr-aged van that has a lot more than 230,000 miles.

“The total front stop fell out of this point now,” Nicholson extra.

There is also a GoFundMe account with a objective of 200,000 bucks. 

Some of the resources will also go to possibly renting a warehouse to retailer donated things and help “It Normally takes a Village 207.”  Another project less than the MHVA is No Bowl Vacant 2 Pet Food items Pantry which distributes donated pet food items and materials to veterans and the a lot less fortunate.  

“It Usually takes A Village 207” was established by Journey Ramsey and her daughter Becca. As a result of social media, volunteers accumulate donated goods and funds to help veterans and their people get better. But volunteers are jogging out of house. 

“Someone dropped off 15 bins of donations yesterday, my complete residing area is full, and my daughter’s dwelling room is whole,” Ramsey stated. 

Nicholson and other volunteers shipped furnishings, mattresses, and kitchen area materials to six veterans residing in the very same housing sophisticated as Hycuna. But he explained as the require continues to increase, this is just scratching the floor. As for Hycuna, she will under no circumstances fail to remember the kindness of others. 

“They stood by you, I owe them my life as significantly as I am involved. So I am touched,” she claimed.

For more details get in touch with Kevin Nicholson, Board Member and Chair of MHVA, at [email protected], 207-228-4936.


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