Crisis Ministries gets $1.2 million grant to help homeless veterans

Photo source WCSC.
Photo source WCSC.

By Alan Campbell

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Crisis Ministries Shelter will soon be receiving a big check to help Charleston's 120 homeless Veterans.

The shelter currently has room for 14 vets, but the $1.2 million dollar grant will go towards expanding the facility to 40 beds.

"Crisis Ministries has just received word from the Department of Veterans Affairs that we will receive one-point-two million dollars to help us construct our new men's shelter" said Stacey Denaux, Crisis Ministries CEO.

It's the second largest award in this round of funding nationally that was awarded by the Veteran's Administration.  The new shelter will replace the current facility on Meeting Street.

"Our new facility will essentially be right where we are.  We've acquired property behind the existing facility.  So the good news is we'll be able to continue to operate in our current facility, while we construct our new facility" said Denaux.

The grant is a part of the Obama administration's effort to eliminate homelessness for veterans in the next 5 years.

Former Air Force Veteran Peter Vouaux is excited the Obama administration is finally taking care of the Veterans.

"I was literally blown away by the amount, so I'm impressed with his devotion to do something about it" Vouaux said.

The new building will be approximately 20,000 square feet with separate living quarters, a health clinic, counseling services, and group meeting space.

"I'm just really glad to see something is being done for veterans that our service is being appreciated and that we are not forgotten" Vouaux said.

The capital grant from the VA is part of a $6 million goal Crisis Ministries has set to expand facilities and programs at the Lowcountry shelter.