Harietta Program Gives Homeless Veterans A Place To Live
"The end result is to end homelessness altogether.”
A program in Harietta is giving homeless veterans a place to live.
The New Beginning Project houses four veterans and one spouse right now.
They are leasing a house on the Lost Pines Lodge Property in Harietta and hope to expand into their own community.
9&10’s Veronica Meadows sat down with the people who are working to make their dream a reality.
It’s a dream 7 years in the making but now Reverend Brian Chrans and his caregiver Bonny Salisbury started their mission as a way to give back to the people in need who served our country
“When you start here it’s a new beginning,” says Bonny Salisbury, started The New Beginning.
The New beginning program took in its first homeless veteran back in August.
Now, it’s a place 5 people call home.
“It’s actually taken a lot off my mind and I don’t have the worry if I can only stay for so many weeks but now I have a place where I can stay for a long time,” says Veteran, Clyde Smith.
Reverend Brian Chrans, a disabled Navy veteran and his caregiver Bonny Salisbury have been working side by side every step of the way.
“One day our father said to her take care of the vets,” Reverend Brian Chrans. “So she shared that with me and said I don’t know if I’m supposed to take care of you or if we are supposed to take care of veterans.”
Right now they are leasing one house in Harietta.
After it fills up, they can lease six more homes and the Lost Pines Lodge.
But it doesn’t stop with housing, the program also helps veterans get back on their feet.
“What we are trying to do is offer access to 23 different services that can help with education, with new trade skills, if you are trying to transfer your MOS crossover trainings, if you want to develop your own business,” says Chrans.
They have a goal to one day buy the whole Lost Pines Lodge property and make it their own community for veterans.
“I just thank these people for all they’ve done you know, really great,“ says Smith. “At least someone is thinking about us poor veterans.”
All to say thank you for your service.
“This is not for me it’s for a good cause it’s for all of them that have tried to protect us all these years,” says Salisbury.
The New Beginning Project does heavily rely on donations and they are also working on setting up a GoFundMe page.