When Veterans move into Old Main, the cupboards won’t be bare, and the bedrooms won’t be empty.
Thanks to efforts by a variety of groups and individuals, those Veterans will find many of their essentials already provided:
- Military Outreach USA has donated 40 mattresses with box springs and bed frames
- The Junior League of Milwaukee is giving gift bags that include welcome notes along with dish towels, cleaning supplies, hot pads, and treats
- Erin Olson of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has gathered items ranging from shower curtains and garbage cans to blankets and soap, to be included in welcome baskets for each of the 101 units
- Members of the West Suburban Quilters Guild of Brookfield have created handmade quilts for the Veterans (click here for the story)
“Our goal is to turn these apartments into homes…and provide some comfort for the Veterans so they have some things of their own,” Olson said.
Jane Bartlett of the Junior League agreed.
“We wanted to do something to welcome Veterans into their new homes,” she said.
In March, the historic Milwaukee Soldiers Home and surrounding buildings are slated to open as permanent housing for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
This was originally published by the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.