It was just a little over a year ago that Columbus House broke ground on new housing for homeless veterans. And, true to its promise, the historic Shepherd Home on the Connecticut Valley Hospital grounds officially opened today. Its 32 units are furnished, appointed with donated household goods and already home to several vets.
Columbus House Executive Director Alison Cunningham noted that in 2011, there were 800 homeless veterans in Connecticut and by 2016 chronic veteran homelessness in the state had ended. She added that, while there will always be new individuals and families seeking shelter, Shepherd Home is now one more ready resources to help get people back on their feet.
Many speakers, including Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, remarked on the Middletown community’s unique ability to work together for the greater good. City attorney Rick Smith was lauded by several speakers for his instrumental role in convincing the state to turn over the Shepherd Home to the City of Middletown so this project could go forward.
We’re proud to say that Liberty Bank convened the first meeting to address rehabilitation of the property for homeless housing. We also funded some preconstruction costs and donated furniture for public areas of the building.
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