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South Richmond nonprofit celebrates opening of new center for veterans experiencing homelessness

By: Mark Robinson Nov 1 1, 2021

Richmond Times Dispatch

Before finding his way to the new Hand Up VetLink Veteran Service Center, Terry Dodson wasn’t sure how, or if, he’d get back on his feet.

The 73-year-old said he was sleeping in a tent near Byrd Park, locked out of his bank account and without the documentation he needed to apply for federal housing and benefit programs he is entitled to after his four years of service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War era.

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On behalf of the Handup Community Resource Center, we would like to wish you all an early Happy Thanksgiving. Wishing you the gift of faith and the blessings of hope this thanksgiving day! We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come.

Happy Thanksgiving! May your blessings be multiplied this year and throughout all your life, and especially on this holiday season!

Ways to show gratitude during this holiday season:

1. Volunteer to help make the holiday brighter for someone less fortunate ...

2. Extend an invitation to someone who would welcome the company ...

3. Make an extra meal to share this Thanksgiving season ...

4. Make a donation to two or more local charities ...

5. Visit a nursing home or hospital (if allowed) once a week for an hour .

Here at Handup Community Resource Center, we take pride in our veterans who have served, defended and protected our country. We have not overlooked this day, as we pay homage to our veterans in any way possible.

A Veteran's Day Tribute, The Best on Earth

If someone has done military service, They earn the title "veteran," and more;

They earn our deep respect and admiration; That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;

The list is long of all the things they gave.

Our veterans are extraordinary people;

They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats, They showed us they could handle any storm. We owe our freedoms and our very lives. To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;

They’re exceptional; no other group compares.

We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;

They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship; let no one ever question what they’re worth. These men and women served us and our country,

Our veterans, the very best on earth.

- By Joanna Fuch

Here are a few of our beloved veterans who we cherish so much! We would like to thank you all once again for the amount of bravery and courage you’ve shown, day in and day out we are often reminded of how you all selflessly served and protect our country! We love and appreciate you all!

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Although we are still amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic still, there are sites that are affording our citizens opportunities to be vaccinated. Vaccination Sites are located all over the state of Virginia, if anyone is considering getting vaccinated, please discuss this with your primary care doctor(s), caregivers. Testing sites nearby: Walgreens, Walmart, Neighborhood Walmart’s, CVS, Publix Supermarket, Kroger Pharmacy and a host of other vaccination and testing sites.

Remember the 3 W’s:

WEAR your mask,

WASH your hands,

WATCH your distance.

Within the last two months, the Transition In Place Program (TIP) has said their “See you laters” to a few veterans and also said their “Hellos’” to a few new veterans. Three families of the TIP Program have transitioned into their next phase of life. To those veterans who have recently transitioned, Mr. Canaday, Mr. Elcock, and Mr. Cusick.

Congratulations to you all, job well done, our doors at HandUp are always open for you all!

With welcome arms we would like to extend our open and welcoming arms to all new members of the TIP family. We are more than glad that you all chose to be a part of this marvelous program.


“Transitions aren’t easy, but they’re worth it."

Welcome Ms. D. Thornton and family,

we are more than glad you all are on this journey with us!

A special THANK YOU to Mr. M. Green, who is a part of the HandUp Shared Housing Program recently assisted with laying new flooring inside a few homes.

Mr. Green we appreciate your hard work, dedication and handy carpentry skills.


HandUp Community Resource Center embodies multiple components that the community uses on a daily basis, we would like to present to some and introduce to others the VetLink, Veteran Service Center. This program is available for any Veteran who is at imminent risk of losing housing or deemed as literally homeless. Below is a list of services provided by the Vetlink, Veteran Service Center. Please take heed and advantage of any of these services if needed.

VETLINK, Veteran Service Center

437 E. Belt Blvd

Richmond, VA 23224


Kelly Tumlin, Program Supervisor ext. 121

Desiree Taylor, Program Director ext. 122

Opening Day Hours of Operation

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 8:30am-4:00pm

*We are able to serve Veterans who are at imminent risk of losing housing or literally homeless. *

Services Provided

Breakfast M,T,W,Th,F 8:30am-9:30am

Lunch M,T,W,Th,F 12:00pm-1pm

Laundry Services By appt only, M-F during reg business hours

Showers By appt only, M-F during reg business hours

Mail Services Veterans can receive mail at the center

Computer Access Employment, housing searches etc.

Small Lockers Unsheltered Veterans important documents

Safe Space Day Program/ relief from weather/Coffee

Access to phone Can use landline to make and receive calls/ messaging

ACCESS POINT Intakes for VetLink completed here. Walk- ins welcome during regular business hours.

Transportation By appt only, To/from VA appts, to/from Service Ctr to GPD’s, Emergency Shelters etc. We will eventually have drop off and pick up points.

HandUp Community Resource Center
"Helping individuals and families in transition”

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