PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A veterans organization is one step closer to opening barracks for homeless veterans, thanks to a big donation.
“We Have Your Six” plans to open homeless veterans transitional barracks in Parkersburg “to allow military veterans to stay as long as they need in order to get to the root cause of their homelessness.”
A generous person in the Mid-Ohio Valley who did not want to be identified donated a two-floor, 10,000 square foot building in Parkersburg to the organization.
The organization’s board says it wants to turn it into a space that will have at least 25 rooms for male and female veterans, a community room, and even an onsite kennel.
Breanna Robinson, an administrative assistant at the Washington County Veterans Service Office, is a board member at We Have Your Six. She said, “From what I've seen working at the office that I'm at in Marietta Ohio, we have just in the past couple of weeks actually 2 or 3 veterans that have had to be placed in a hotel or in another type of shelter in order to get help and get them back on their feet and with this being like a one stop shop it will be more convenient for the veteran and it will be less stressful."
The facility will be alcohol and drug-free.
Veterans can stay there for a 24-month time period.
Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews, a veteran and also a board member, said, “The main goal is to transition these veterans back into society.”
The board hopes to open the facility by the beginning of next year.
To donate, you can head to WeHaveYourSix.org.