VOPA and the community have come together
to construct a village of 15 tiny homes surrounding a community center for Veterans experiencing homelessness. This unique concept is specially designed to meet the specific needs of each Veteran. A calm setting, close to transportation and service providers, along with the camaraderie of their brothers and sisters in arms, are significant components of the Veteran’s healing process. Veterans Grove has embraced an evidence-based approach called the Therapeutic Community model, which involves more intensive engagement, an extended duration of care, and peer-to-peer support to help veterans transcend long-standing challenges.
“It is an honor to be able to donate the 5 acre plot of land that will provide a foundation for a village of tiny houses and a community services building for Veterans experiencing homelessness who need help regaining their health, heart and place in the community. The heart shaped village reminds us to give back to our wounded veterans who have made so many sacrifices while defending our Nation.”
Peggy Grove and her son, Michael Grove
Video includes a 3D walk-thru!
is to provide each Veteran with his or her own tiny home, so they can feel safe and in control of their surroundings. This thoughtfully designed community for Veterans experiencing homelessness will meet all local city code and ADA requirements and will connect to city utilities; water, sewer and electric. A tiny home provides everything the Veteran needs to live with dignity and safety, including a bed, bathroom with shower, desk, sink, and counter space with a refrigerator underneath. Transportation will be accessible to connect the Veteran to systems of care, employment and the community.
“Our Veterans have made the sacrifice to support and defend our constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They have done so by writing a blank check up to and payable with their very lives. It is now time we support Veterans experiencing homelessness who have fallen on tough times. That is what Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania is all about.”
John Gronski, Major General (Retired)
The UPMC Pinnacle Foundation Patriots Place Community Center
promotes a nurturing environment where each Veteran can join with service providers, family, and friends to find a path that leads to a better life. Success will be supported through access to health, wellness, education, employment, and a myriad of other services provided at the Veteran’s pace.
“Our veterans experiencing homelessness don’t need or want a handout, they need and want a hand up. And that is exactly what they will get from this place and the awesome VOPA team. We The People owe to them our debt of gratitude for that service and sacrifice. Through the efforts of VOPA we will be able to repay that debt to some of our veterans who are in need. I humbly ask that you also consider supporting this very worthy cause!”
Wilbur E. Wolf III, Brigadier General (Retired)
The On Site UPMC Pinnacle Foundation Patriots Place
is the heart of Veterans Grove. The community center will offer a full continuum of care that enhances the housing support provided by Veterans Grove. The 6,000 square foot center features a community room and dining hall, a commercial kitchen, individual treatment rooms, meditation room, workshop, showers, and offices for on-site support staff.