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Pike County, KY Homeless Shelter Helping Veterans

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PIKEVILLE, KY - For Army veteran Harry Grace, the struggle on the streets of Huntington, West Virginia just became too overwhelming.

If I wasn't here I still probably be living through some traumatic experience." said Grace. "For the last twelve years or so and  probably eight of those twelve years I was homeless and homeless for quite a while."

In May, Harry found the Veterans Transition Center. It's a dorm like facility that can provide housing for up to 25 homeless veterans. It was built through the Huntington V.A. outreach program for homeless Vets. 

"The transitional living center here turned out to be my safe haven. It's a place for me to grow, a place for me to meet new people and learn how to accept help," said Grace.

"That's our ultimate goal is to get them to a point where they can manage their lives, control their finances. If they have no finances, we'll help them get some," said  those and those who are disabled we'll help them find jobs," said Randy Smallwood, Director of the Veterans Transition Center.

And that's the goal for Harry as this place has changed his life. In December, he hopes to receive a certificate as a peer support specialist and give back to a place that's given him so much.

"It's allowed me to actually think, to sit back and evaluate my life, what want my life to be and what it's going to take to get it," said Grace.

The facility has nearly been open for six months and not only houses homeless veterans in the Tri-State area, it has also taken inquiries from people as far as New Mexico. 


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