Homeless Female Veterans

I am asking that you disseminate the following information on a program designed for homeless female veterans anywhere in the United States to your Veteran Service Officers for consideration.

Thank you in advance for the consideration.

Nancy Worth

WOW Volunteer

Greetings,

I am writing you on behalf of the Women of War program near Belle Fourche, SD.

The mission of Women of War, or WOW, is to educate and/or train the woman veteran who is currently homeless so she can become a competent, viable member of society. The program is intended to help her reclaim her life through integrity, dignity and hope.

WOW is unique in that it provides an all female population but can, in certain circumstances, accommodate women with children.

WOW is located on the north edge of Belle Fourche, SD (French for beautiful forks) with shopping, a walking path along the river, a variety of churches and a recreation center with an indoor pool for year-round swimming and recreational activities. It is a small, safe and quiet town that will allow the veteran to regain stability in her life while pursuing the goal of being an independent individual.

The site is a separate group of buildings, on the edge of town, which overlooks Belle Fourche, faces the prairie in two directions and the beautiful Black Hills on the other.

Since the facility is designed to help the women to learn life skills, the residents are required to share in household chores, participate as a volunteer, recreational planning as well as other group activities. Unlike many other programs, WOW works with the residents to develop a personal financial plan which encourages things like saving money for the purchase of a vehicle, first and last month’s rent, or a reserve to keep them from falling back into homelessness.

Do you have anyone that you currently work with or represent who might fit our program? Do you work with a veteran who is excited about expanding her horizons, to be gainfully employed or wishes to seek further information? If so, you can call the Women of War program at 605-723-8672 and ask to speak to a staff member or email us at wow@communityvisn.org or counselor@communityvisn.org with your questions about the program.

Thank you for your consideration.

Women of War Program

605-723-8672

FAX 605-723-8673

Paul Laub

Maui County Veterans Council
(808) 442-2450

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