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From Homeless to Home for the Holidays

Veterans during holidays

With the holiday season coming up, many of us are decorating our homes and preparing to have a safe and happy holiday with our family. At Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, we work to provide our veterans with a safe and warm place that they can home.
We interviewed veteran Mark Copeland about his life-changing experience with Veterans Place.

Here is Mark’s story:

My name is Mark Copeland. I grew up in Northview Heights in Pennsylvania. I joined the Army after high school and served for four years from 78-82, serving in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Hawaii. After returning to civilian life, I had a hard time reintegrating back into society. I knew how to survive in high-stress situations, but not how to live an ordinary civilian life. I struggled for many years, often coming back to the same chaotic lifestyle. Finally, I surrendered and decided to seek help.

I had heard about Veterans Place in my trials and tribulations from fellow veterans. I was welcomed into the Transitional Housing Program, which offers on-site living while receiving guidance from a Case Manager to create a plan for success.  Veterans Place is a positive in my life. It is a place where you can sit back and get yourself together. It helped me become a better person, a better thinker, and I am surrounded by vets who want the same things I want.
I am grateful to have a home for the holidays. It is not where you start; it is where you finish, and I am trying to finish strong.

Help Give Our Veterans a Home

Our mission is to continue helping veterans, like Veteran Mark Copeland.  After fighting for our freedom, veterans should not be fighting for a safe place to call home. Your generous donation directly benefits a veteran in need and helps to fund programs like our Transitional Housing Program, which can provide veterans with a home for holidays.

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