We take these Vets out of the city and put them into good old Mother Nature.
OLD CITY APARTMENTS
THE FOREST HOMESTEAD FACILITY
At the Homestead Facility
These guys are Veterans and so should have Veteran Benefits. We get them their VA Identification Cards and check them in at the nearest VA Health Center. Any and all future appointments, procedures, or other health care related needs are always taken care of through the VA via the Vets Task Force, as long as they remain in the Program. We will also carry a Group Health Insurance Policy so nothing falls between the cracks.
A requirement for residency at the Homestead Facility is the participation in and completion of one of the three Vocational Training opportunities:
1) Auto Shop - Repair/Service and Used Car Sales and Operations
2) Culinary School – Preps, Cooking, Presentation, and Operations.
3) Horticulture Education – Nursery and Landscape Design and Operations.
While in residency at the Homestead Facility these Veterans will maintain high standards of personal hygiene, keep rooms clean and organized, participate in organized group discussions and physical recreational activities. Each Veteran will be responsible for a Facility Chore: Taking out the trash, mowing lawns, caring for the landscaping, doing dishes, maintain bathrooms/common areas, land maintenance, equipment maintenance... things like that.
Veterans will have a choice of organized recreational activities. Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, and Ping Pong for certain. Others can be added by Veterans' request. Being physically active, mentally focused, and inter-active with other people is the goal. We just call it having Fun.
Once a week everyone gets together for a one hour Group Discussion. The discussion is guided and monitored by the Homestead Facility Manager, who resides on the facility grounds, and who knows each individual Veteran at the Homestead Facility. Open communication is supported. Private discussions are also encouraged. These usually take place, upon request with the Facility Manager and one or more Veterans in a private conference room.
STRUCTURED DAILY SCHEDULE:
We know what this means.... Up at 6; breakfast at 7; Vocational begins at 9, etc. Weekend days are a little different but still structured and scheduled... even when the schedule calls for open or “Personal Time.”