Putting the Pieces Together
After the shards from a larger pane are broken off, the stained glass artist begins the delicate process of helping the pieces find their beauty again.
The VA estimates that there are more than 33,000 homeless Veterans in the United States, more than 10% of the adult homeless population. “These guys are living on social security or with no income at all…” Ken exclaims, remembering the stories of other homeless Vets he knew. “What do you do?”
Another homeless Veteran mentioned to Ken that he’d heard about an organization called Nation’s Finest. With a mission to create better lives for Veterans, the non-profit provides those from all branches of the military and their families with a comprehensive approach to housing, health, and employment. The Navy hero took a leap of faith and reached out for help.
Windsor Veterans Village is a 60-unit permanent supportive housing community founded by Nation’s Finest and the Veterans Housing Development Corporation (VHDC), a housing subsidiary of Nation’s Finest focused exclusively on affordable housing for Vets. The space was created for low income Veterans, disabled Veterans, and their families. Ken went in and was offered one of their beautiful new residential units.
“The day that I walked in here, I was blown away.” The faded brim of Ken’s USS Lake Champlain hat tilts up as he admires the peaceful village around him. Lush foliage lines the sidewalks and residential units throughout the village. Birds chirp back and forth between the trees. An older couple is out for a stroll along the well-maintained walkways. “It was so beautiful. It was so roomy. I was blessed and I felt it in my heart.” The Navy Veteran rests a gentle hand on his jacket. “The VA and Nation’s Finest helped me tremendously.”