Veteran’s Life Center opens

Facility will provide temporary housing and services to help veterans achieve self-reliance

The Veteran’s Life Center, a residential program designed to improve the lives of veterans who are experiencing reintegration problems after serving in the military, held a grand opening on Aug. 1. The facility provides temporary housing and services to help veterans achieve self-reliance.

Located in Butner, the 9.5-acre hillside lot features scattered old-growth oak trees. The center is located less than three miles from the South Campus of Vance-Granville Community College where the residents can receive vocational training to help prepare them for life after leaving the center.

It is adjacent to the R.J. Blackley Center, a DHHS-operated substance abuse treatment center, and about a half-mile from Central Regional Hospital, a mental health care facility also operated by DHHS.

The Veteran’s Life Center will help guide the residents in seeking career opportunities and community reintegration by strengthening their mental and physical health, improving their life skills and providing vocational training. The services provided by this facility will help to avert crises such as homelessness, incarceration, suicide and premature death.

The facility cost $8.3 million to build and funding came from a community development block grant within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

DHHS’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services will provide funding to support the mental health resources.

Other operational funding will come from state and federal governments, and from private sources including foundations, corporations and individuals. DHHS’ Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities will provide support collaboration through the R.J. Blackley and the Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers.

At full capacity, the facility will have more than 100 beds, mostly in double rooms, with showers and bathroom facilities in each of the four wings. Facility features include:

  • Full commercial kitchen with a dining room
  • Large multipurpose room
  • Day rooms
  • Library
  • Computer lab
  • Conference room
  • Physical fitness room
  • Store
  • First aid room
  • Laundry rooms

For more information, go to the Veteran’s Life Center website.

(Visited 64 times, 1 visits today)
Latest Posts

WFFD to host 9/11 20th anniversary remembrance ceremony

From WSJ Staff Reports The Wake Forest Fire Department is partnering with The Freedom Flag Foundation to host a 9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m. The occasion will take place at Fire Station #1, 420 Elm Ave. Open to the public, the ceremony will include the raising of the Freedom Flag, a display of steel […]

0 comments

Post 187 sponsors Sea Scout ship

From WSJ Staff Reports The Wake Forest American Legion Post 187 Executive Committee approved the Post sponsoring a “Sea Scout” Ship.  Sea Scouts is a program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women ages 14 (or 13 and are in the eighth grade) through 20. Along with Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing, Sea Scouts provides a […]

0 comments

Scout Troop takes sponsor’s number

From WSJ Staff Reports Scout Troop 517 has officially become Troop 187, taking the number of its longtime sponsor Wake Forest American Legion Post 187. (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today) 40 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us Share via: 0 Shares Facebook Twitter Email Copy Link Print More

0 comments

Aug. 25: Traffic Alert – South Brooks Street

Raleigh Water will close the portion of South Brooks Street from Wait Avenue to East Roosevelt Avenue Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The closure is necessary to allow crews to install a water valve. Water and sewer service in the area will not be affected. A detour will be in place directing motorists around the […]

0 comments

Wake Forest Power customers electric rate to increase

From WSJ Staff Reports Wake Forest Power residential customers will see a slight increase in their electric rates when a new rate schedule takes effect September 1. It is Wake Forest Power’s first rate adjustment since a rate decrease in September 2016. Projected to cost the average customer approximately $5 a month, this year’s four percent rate […]

0 comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.