After years of planning, dreaming, raising money and building with the hearts and help of too many volunteers to name, the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin‘s tiny home village for at-risk and homeless veterans is ready for its ribbon cutting.
At noon on Sunday, VOW Executive Director Jeff Gustin will welcome the community to the James A. Peterson Veteran Village’s and SC Johnson Community Center’s official opening. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and includes a performance by the Navy Band Great Lakes. An open house from 1 to 4 p.m. with tours of the grounds, houses and community building will follow.
“Oh, man, it’s been so long coming that I can’t believe it’s happening,” he said. “Everyone is so excited to move out of construction so residents can move in and we can get homeless vets off the street.”
The tiny home village consists of five, three-home pods connected by professionally landscaped grounds and a sidewalk that leads residents to a community building space where they can shower, enjoy a hot meal and get connected to services like employment counseling, mental health assistance, and addiction programs.
A veritable army of volunteers, donors, and contributors from the greater Racine area and beyond – including a congregation in Illinois that donated most of the 2×4’s used for the interior of the community building – pitched in to make the tiny home village come to life, and Gustin is grateful for every penny collected and person who came forward to help.