Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition to Host Mortgage-Burning Ceremony

          On March 30, 2011, the Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition (CVRC) will host a mortgage-burning and reception to celebrate the retirement of the mortgage on one of the three buildings that comprise Crawford House, a transition program for homeless veterans. The event also marks the tenth year since CVRC started providing housing and support services for veterans. CVRC is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that has served over 900 homeless veterans since 2001.
          The celebration will take place at the Airplane Restaurant, at 1665 N. Newport Road, on Wednesday, March 30. Community leaders and local and state officials will be the special guests of the CVRC Board of Directors, Crawford House staff and friends. A silent auction with donated items is planned during the reception to raise funds for Crawford House. The highlight of the evening will be the ceremonial burning of the mortgage in the restaurant’s fireplace.
          Crawford House, at 415 S. Weber Street, was established by CVRC, a group of local veterans’ organizations’ representatives and Veterans Affairs clinic staff, to provide safe, structured emergency housing and community-based residential care, treatment and rehabilitative services for veterans who are homeless and/or have substance abuse and/or mental health issues. The program provides a drug- and alcohol-free structured environment, case management, training in independent living skills, and job search assistance. Over 100 homeless veterans - who are living with others, or in shelters or motels, or on the streets - are waiting to get into the program.
          Crawford House accommodates 25 veterans in transition. Ten of the beds in the main building are contracted for by the Veterans Affairs’ Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) 90-day program for homeless veterans in mental health care; 5 beds are contracted for by the VA 3-week Substance Abuse Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Ten beds in the 2 adjacent houses are rented by CVRC at a modest rent for two years to homeless veterans in transition. The entire facility and programs are funded by VA contracts, grants, individual and corporate donations, fund-raisers, contributions from the Fort Carson Thrift Store, and rent paid by vets in the transitional housing. CVRC is posturing to purchase larger facilities to provide housing for more waiting homeless veterans, including those with families.
          If you want to help CVRC and Crawford House help homeless veterans, call Bunny at 471-8527.

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