Veterans Enrichment Center: Past, Present and Future

 

FAQs

How did the house originate?

After hosting the Klamath & Lake Counties Stand Down on August 10th, 2010, four disabled Veterans quickly realized the need to further assist our local Veterans with their housing needs.  After numerous attempts trying to secure several locations to house our Veterans, we were finally able to secure the perfect location: 1431 Avalon Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97603

After securing the property, the Veterans Enrichment Center Staff hosted a meet and greet bar-b-que to invite the public to attend an open house for approximately 200 guests.  We met with several members of the community who were excited about the new product and were happy to provide in-kind donations.

We received our first resident during the month of November 2013 and have since added two more guests, with the potential to house an additional 17 Veterans.

While the metropolitan areas have means to support transitioning Veterans, those of us in the rural area of the state do not have those same means.  Per capita, Klamath and Lake Counties have the highest percentages of Veterans in the state of Oregon.  We are one of the only locations in the state that have both an Army and an Air National Guard unit.  Living in the rural area, we have a high volume of young men and women joining the active military units, and we have a tremendous number of transient Veterans passing through from other parts of the state, as well as northern California and Idaho.

Who founded the Veterans Enrichment Center?

The founding members of the Veterans Enrichment Center are:

  • Tammi Deforest, a disabled Veteran who has served in the United States Army
  • Orlando Williams, a disabled Veteran who served in the United States Army and the Army National Guard

Why is money needed for rent?

The Veterans Enrichment Center is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization that currently operates solely on donations.  Although we would enjoy nothing more than to provide a 100% free home or the Veterans to live in, we do not currently have the means to do so.  The annual cost to operate the Veterans Enrichment Center is $75,000, well above the amount that can continue to be paid from the pockets of the disabled Veterans who founded the home.

As we continue to wait for the opening of a Federal Grant and the application process involved with doing so, we must charge a modest fee of $400 to cover the rent, cable, internet, computers, electricity, gas, phone, etc...

Is the Veterans Enrichment Center a detox facility?

Although we are a transitional home and a clean and sober living facility, we are not a detox facility, as we do not have the certifications to do so.  While we are unable to assist the Veterans with their detox needs, we are able to refer them to the correct organization that can provide them with assistance with their rehabilitation needs.  Upon the completion of a separate inpatient substance abuse program, the Veterans can then be housed at the Veterans Enrichment Center.

What does "transitional" mean?

The Veterans Enrichment Center approach towards transitional housing is to provide a temporary home for the Veteran population, including the working and/or student homeless, who are in need of a clean, safe and sober living environment while upgrading their skills and abilities to become productive members of society.  We work with the local community to address each individual Veteran's needs to assure that they are transitions in a timely manner.

How will Veterans Enrichment Center apply for Federal funding, and what will they do upon receiving them?

Once the Federal Grant (Grant Per Diem) has been finalized and approved, the Veterans Enrichment Center will then lower the Veterans' rent from $400 per month to $250 per month.  $150 per month will be used to cover the costs associated with the daily operations of the house and $100 will be used as a savings for the Veterans.  The Veteran will then be able to receive 100% of their savings upon transitioning back into the community. Additionally, we can house 20% non-veteran residents. The rent for non-Veterans is $450 per month.

There are also future plans to house female Veterans in a similar fashion as the male facility.  

We will also work with our community partners to provide classes for our Veterans.  For example:

  • Computer classes
  • Workshops
  • Hygiene classes, etc.

There is a separate facility located on the property which will be used for private meetings such as AA, NA, and/or Anger Management.