A grand opening celebration is planned for Wednesday, October 27, 2010 beginning at noon at their new office building in Warwick, located at 1464 Warwick Avenue. The event will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
To date, dignitaries including Warwick mayor, Scott Avedisian, Lt. General Reginald Centracchio, and Veterans Support Organization founder, Richard Van Houten, are confirmed to participate in the ceremony. The color guard from the ROTC of Providence College will present arms and dedicate the flag.
The grand opening ceremony will be open to the public and will provide an opportunity for the community to learn more about the organization and the services it provides to thousands of veterans in the area, as well as across the U.S.
“We started the VSO in Rhode Island in 2001. Our original mission was to establish a food bank for financially distressed or homeless veterans. As we have grown, we have discovered the real needs of the veterans and have worked tirelessly to provide assistance and support,” states Richard Van Houten, president and founder of Veterans Support Organization. “We are now operating in 17 states. We are very proud of what we have accomplished so far, but the more we do, the more we realize how much more there is to be done. Our mission is to help homeless or near-homeless veterans get back on their feet—and that is what we do. We are honored to dedicate this new building to show our gratitude to the community of Warwick, where we started it all.”
The Veterans Support Organization is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that helps veterans who are homeless, or near homeless, organize a “path” to independent living. The organization has created and manages several programs that specifically address the emotional and financial needs of veterans.
The Veterans Support Organization currently operates in 17 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. The organization plans to continue to open chapters in states that are not currently served.
For more information about the New England chapter and its services, please contact Thomas Grady at 401.354.2826 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org