Patriot’s Project Aids Vets (Aired on May 3 & 4, 2014)
Rotarian Colleen Mountford (Kingston Sunrise Club) describes the Patriot’s Project that will house homeless veterans in a renovated mansion in Kingston starting in July. Both the Kingston Sunrise and Kingston Noontime clubs as well as contributions from all Rotary clubs in Ulster County have supported the project. It began in 2012 when Ulster County Executive Mike Hein proposed turning a former group home into transitional housing for veterans. The project required, and got, legislation passed by New York State to make it feasible, then began to raise money from the Country’s sale of the SUNY Ulster President’s home and various private sources. When complete, the facility will provide temporary housing of three to six months for homeless veterans as well as counseling on acquiring a job and a path through the paperwork needed to obtain further assistance if needed. Donations are still needed.