WOMEN'S TRANSITION HOME
CURRENT PROJECT: Transition Housing for Female Veterans in Lake County
Five years ago, I founded Villagers for Veterans, a nonprofit that raises funds to assist our veterans, many permanently injured, as they adjust to civilian life. We have accomplished much but there is still so much left to do.
Many of our veterans find it extremely difficult to transition from military to civilian life. They miss the camaraderie and structure of military life and often find themselves facing severe financial hardship and frequent bouts of PTSD. Homelessness is a constant threat.
Although there are established transition programs provided by the military, those programs are predominately geared towards men. Female veterans find themselves isolated, with fewer options than their male counterparts and face challenges that are unique to women.
According to a study performed by HUD and the VA, female veterans are more likely to be homeless than their male counterparts. They are also four times more likely to be homeless than their non-veteran sisters.
The Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, found in female veterans’ listening sessions that "sex-segregated residential centers staffed by qualified individuals who are sensitive to the needs of female veteran culture” was a top priority.
Many of these women have faced domestic abuse and military sexual trauma. Living in a co-ed transition housing facility promoted by the military is not a safe option. In one documented case, a woman who experienced sexual trauma was housed in the same facility as a male sexual offender.
We want to help these women. Villagers for Veterans’ next major objective is to procure and then remodel a Lake County property into a transition home – a home that will provide a temporary safe haven for eight deserving women vets. Job training, counseling and much needed female camaraderie will be provided as they work towards self-sufficiency in a secure and loving environment.
On April 11, 2021, Villagers for Veterans will be hosting a lavish kick-off gala at the historic Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora. Evening events will include: a cocktail hour on the front lawn, a silent auction, an eloquent dinner, entertainment and more.
We are confident our Lake County community and others in our region will embrace this endeavor and be a part of this, our first fundraiser for a Lake County transition home for female veterans.
Attached is an information package that provides further material.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Marie Bogdonoff, Founder and CEO
Villagers for Veterans