Over 23 percent of homeless adults have served in the Armed Forces. Many of them live in our viewing area. There's a new home for the people that once protected the home front.
The Navy discharged Vietnam vet Ringo Greywolf in 1971. Since then things haven't quite turned out like Greywolf thought they would. He found himself in some rough times, until now.
Ringo said, "I'm homeless and this house that I'm in it helps a lot, gets veterans off the street and back on their feet."
Friday marked the open house for Bay County's first homeless shelter for homeless veterans. The home is run by the "People Agency Task Force," or "PATHS." It gives veterans like Ringo a place to call home, job training, and a path to self sufficiency.
Deborah Hanley of the task force said, "When the veterans walk in they're walking into a home atmosphere, so they can move along with their lives and feel this is just a natural part of life."
Equipped with bunk beds, appliances and all the comforts of home, organizers of this program say it would not be possible without the help of the community.
"Everybody's just jumping in and they realize that this is program that should have been here a long time ago."
Rob Thompson, President of the Bay County Veterans Council, said, "It's a much needed program, and the Bay County Veterans Council is behind it a million percent, if that's possible.
For veterans like Ringo Greywolf who recently moved here from the Boston area, being in this house not only gives him stability, but an escape from the oppressive and potentially deadly heat.
"Taking it easy right now. Staying away from the hot weather from outside. I'm in a good house, good atmosphere with good people."
If you'd like to make a donation to the People Agency Task Force you can contact them at 215-0713, or firstname.lastname@example.org