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Don’t Leave
Our Veterans
Behind

Did You Know?

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1/3

of the homeless population are Veterans

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600+

homeless Veterans in the state of Missouri

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7.5%

unemployment rate for Missouri Veterans

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90 Days

the average length of stay at Welcome Home

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80%

success rate of Welcome Home moving Veterans into independent housing

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Zero

number of Veterans we believe should be without a proper welcome home

No One Left Behind

On the battlefield there’s a code—no one left behind. Unfortunately, some service members have a difficult time transitioning back into civilian life, many carrying scars of combat—some physical, some mental.

Mary

An Army Veteran, was living in her car years after service to our country. She struggled with depression and health issues, which spiraled into substance abuse. She had lost hope.

Nick

Nick

A Marine Veteran & Purple Heart recipient faced constant danger while serving in Iraq. He came home and couldn’t escape the memories. He became isolated, alone, and without a safe place to call home.

Sam

Sam

A Navy Veteran, returned home consumed by confusion, anger, pain and sadness. He buckled under the stress and an alcohol addiction took over his life. He lost his family, his job, and his identity.

* Testimonial photos and names have been changed to protect the privacy of our Veterans.

With open arms, Welcome Home took action to get these deserving men and women back on their feet.

Focus Areas

Welcome Home is deeply committed to honoring Veterans and providing services that will help restore their lives. All support and services are customized to meet the needs and goals of each individual Veteran.

Transitional Shelter & Housing

  • Homeless Veterans outreach and day services
  • 30 single occupancy, and 2 double occupancy rooms for homeless Veterans (Men, Women, & Families): dining room, commercial kitchen, computer lab, lounge area, laundry & shower facilities, walking trail and garden area
  • Shelter and Supportive Services: individualized goals; intensive case management; connection to VA benefits, healthcare and recovery services; and local support services

Rapid Rehousing

  • Homeless Veterans outreach and day services
  • 30 single occupancy, and 2 double occupancy rooms for homeless Veterans (Men, Women, & Families): dining room, commercial kitchen, computer lab, lounge area, laundry & shower facilities, walking trail and garden area
  • Shelter and Supportive Services: individualized goals; intensive case management; connection to VA benefits, healthcare and recovery services; and local support services

VETS Work

  • Homeless Veterans outreach and day services
  • 30 single occupancy, and 2 double occupancy rooms for homeless Veterans (Men, Women, & Families): dining room, commercial kitchen, computer lab, lounge area, laundry & shower facilities, walking trail and garden area
  • Shelter and Supportive Services: individualized goals; intensive case management; connection to VA benefits, healthcare and recovery services; and local support services

Funding Provided in Part By:

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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital
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City of Columbia
Missouri Housing Development Commission
Missouri Housing Development Commission
R.C. Higgins, Founder and Vietnam Veteran

It started out as a mission to take care of our fellow Veterans returning home and to this day we are committed to giving every Veteran a deserved ‘welcome home.’

— R.C. Higgins, Founder and Vietnam Veteran

A Community For Veterans

All it took to motivate a Columbia group of Vietnam Veterans to action was for one of their brothers-in-arms to die alone on the streets. They refused to accept Veteran homelessness, invested their own money, opened a shelter, and Welcome Home was born. They didn’t accept Veteran homelessness then. We cannot accept it today.

Since 1992, Welcome Home has passionately continued to serve those who signed that dotted line to protect our freedoms.

Inspired by the service and sacrifice of our founders, along with generous partners and fellow patriots throughout the community, we will forever do what it takes to make sure we’re honoring Veterans and restoring lives.

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Currently serving 14 counties in Missouri