Being homeless, or at risk for homelessness, is one of the most difficult things a person can face. Lacking the security of knowing where you’ll sleep at night, having no place to keep your belongings, and not having the ability to care for yourself and possibly your family can lead to stress, anger, a sense of shame, depression and physical discomfort. It can be hard to find employment, live a satisfying life, or do the things you want to do when you are homeless.
There are many circumstances that can lead to homelessness. Some Veterans become homeless due to a combination of housing shortages and high unemployment. Other Veterans may be dealing with painful memories or health issues and have little access to health care or support from family and friends. This may lead them to feel as though they have nowhere else to go but the streets.
In some cases, what seemed like a temporary lack of a place to stay becomes permanent. In other cases, Veterans who are homeless move from shelter to shelter because they don’t know where else to go.
Because he served in Vietnam himself, our founder, Brother Wayne White, had a special place in his heart for his fellow veterans, especially those who had fallen on hard times. This led to his establishing Heroes Home Gate in 2011, an emergency shelter for homeless veterans.
Besides basic food and shelter, residents can participate in a variety of spiritual and recovery activities. During their stay, they are also able to access the full menu of services available through the Veterans Administration.
For entrance into the program, contact Kansas City VA Homeless Veterans Services.
See the Kansas City Star article about our facility – “Homeless veterans in Kansas City get a place to hang their hats” (08/30/2014)