Local program aims to help veterans in need

SALISBURY, Md. – A program based in Salisbury is working to help out local veterans in need.

We’re told as rent rates have risen over the years, so have the number of homeless veterans in our area. That’s where the Homeless Veteran Re-integration Program in Salisbury comes in.

The HVRP, run by the St. James A.M.E Zion Church, helps veterans find housing, secure a job and more.

This program also works to provide vets with clothing, transportation, job related equipment and job training. We’re told they’ve already been able to help hundreds of veterans since their inception in 2012.

Dr. Lore Chambers, the Chief Operating Officer of the Program said, “Well this is our 7th year, we initially started out thinking maybe it would be one, three years, and now this is our seventh year. So yes, the need is definitely here. We have helped over 600 veterans and their family members since we have been doing the program.”

Our crews caught up with one veteran on Monday that has been helped by this program.

Richard Johnson says he served from 1982 to 1986 and unfortunately, he tore his ACL during service.

When Johnson returned home, he had a hard time getting back into the workforce. Thanks to this program, though, Johnson now has housing, a secure job and feels inspired to give back to others.

Richard Johnson said, “The program here at St. James, I just got to say, its been a blessing to me, you know? They say it takes a village to raise a child, well it also takes a village to help a vet. If everybody pitches in and fills those gaps, and then the people like myself give back, everybody will be helped.”

If you’re interested in this program, you can give the church a call at 410-742-4950.

This program serves those in every county on Delmarva except for Kent County in Delaware.

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