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Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and with the support of the city of Lansing, AHM provides payment for monthly rent with the help of a case manager to more than 12 families and 10 individuals who have been homeless. AHM also supports two shelter homes that assist formerly homeless men coming through recovery and one shelter home that helps older women coming out of domestic violence and working to build a new life.

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by Allyson Bolt, MSW, Director of Veterans and Housing Programs

She came in with a smile and introduced herself to our staff. We knew she was a veteran. We never guessed at the burdens she carried.

Although her time in the military was brief, it had brought on multiple health concerns and tremendous pain that plagued her daily. Due to the limited nature of her discharge, she was not eligible for services from the Department of Veterans Affairs and so had little support for needed medical care.

For this veteran, entering the Advent House Veterans Program was a significant catalyst for change. While in our program, she received referrals that helped her advocate for a better discharge status. She improved her overall health, coped with past domestic violence, found employment and was temporarily housed while working on finding her own apartment.

A highlight of her time with Advent House was her participation in our Art Class for Veterans. This class helped her manage post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and increase her self-confidence. She said, “The class helped me create a picture of where I’d been and where I wanted to go – the ‘old me’ and the ‘new me.’”

This veteran became a new person with the same smile but without the heavy burdens of pain and isolation. For the past two years, she has held a good job and has loved her apartment – and her independence. She is safer, happier and healthier!

With the generous support of our donors, Advent House helped this veteran change her life.

Over 100 veterans come through the various Advent House programs each year. Some come to us for a simple meal and day shelter on the weekends; others come looking for help building skills for successful employment and housing. Each is greeted with kindness and respect; each leaves with renewed dignity and hope.