Join us in supporting Pennies for Quarters by making purchases or donating directly during our “Community First Saturday” event on Saturday November 3rd, 2018. Pennies for Quarters representatives will be present at Hartnagel Building Supply, informing all those that attend and shop about the local work they’re doing to provide transitional housing for veterans within Clallam County. 5% of all retail sales collected that Saturday and 100% of donations taken in the store will be given to this incredible organization.
Funds raised at the stores will be used to assist in the purchase of 22 acres within Clallam County. The purchased land will eventually support multiple tiny houses and supportive units to allow veterans to properly heal, regain their independence and become supportive members of society.
We chose Pennies for Quarters as a Community First Saturday recipient because we believe our support is a necessity to those that have sacrificed so much in their quest to protect our freedoms. It is estimated that there are over 140 local veterans that are currently homeless in Clallam County. Local veterans live their lives in multiple areas around the community that are far from worthy for appropriate housing. It’s also of paramount importance that our veterans receive the mental health, career and addiction services that Pennies for Quarters aims to provide. Granting the veteran population the tools to gain true independence is a community responsibility we all must contribute to.
Pennies for Quarters has an extensive plan to a create a caring and stable environment for our veterans.
Those homeless veterans that come to them and wish to be a part of their program will go through a screening process and have to agree to their codes of conduct. All applicants must be able to provide proof of service and must have been either honorably or generally discharged. They must be drug free or be willing to enter into in-patient treatment, agree to monthly drug testing, and understand that the purpose is to help them gain control of any issues they struggle with, find employment and eventually live on their own. Pennies for Quarters is here to help put our veterans on the path to wellness while treating them with respect and dignity.
Pennies for Quarters anticipate veterans living on site for one to two years. With programs being specific to each resident, they will be monitored by a case worker for progress knowing that this is not meant to be permanent free housing. Pennies for Quarters understands that it will be an adjustment entering a situation like this and they hope to have the right space available for residents to socialize as they wish. Each cluster will have privacy in its back yard area where there will be a picnic table as well. The main building will have a larger shared space for reading, board games, TV, etc. and the vision is to have indoor and/or outdoor opportunities for basic physical health.
Programs that involve internships, job training, etc will be most welcome. Peninsula College has a Veterans Service Office, New Leash on Life provides trained service dogs, and Voices for Veterans has solid knowledge of local resources, as well as WorkSource. Volunteer work is strongly recommended, and required for those that are able, as a way to give back to the community who are helping to provide this program for them.
Pennies for Quarters relies on donations and volunteers to fully support their mission on the Olympic Peninsula. They encourage financial donations but also extend the call for qualified persons to assist by becoming volunteers.
Mark it down on your calendar, set a reminder on your phone and march on down to Angeles Millwork or Hartnagel Building Supply, Saturday November 3rd, and shop with a purpose. Community non-profits help to keep our communities whole, profitable and productive. But it can’t be done without everyone’s help.
Your participation matters!
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