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Wellspring Grant: Help For Homeless Veterans

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - In the six largest parishes in Northeast Louisiana, a projected 300 veterans become homeless each year.


U.S. Navy veteran John Tellis says, "things happen in life, and things happened in my life, and I woke up and what I had I had no more."

Tellis says that's when other people stepped in and asked if something was wrong.

He says at one point he had a home, and everything that went along with it, then he was left with nothing.

Tellis says, "when all your life you pass by the Salvation Army, and you see people standing in line and you see people going in it's hard to imagine that you would end up at the Salvation Army staying, that was quite sobering, and that's what happened I ended up there, but a lot of great things happened."

Tellis says that's exactly what happened to him, he received a hand up.

He says, "even when it appears things are going really badly, god has this way of providing avenues and resources and that's what he did."

One group that helped Tellis get back on his feet was the Wellspring in Monroe, who works with homeless veterans.

Wellspring received a new grant just over 1 million dollars, to help place homeless veterans in homes.

Blair Walsh with Wellspring says, "we'll have apartments that are, furnished and ready for them to move into we'll do that in partnership with the VA and other community resources to furnish them, and they can come into the program and they immediately go into housing."

Wellspring provides housing and other programs to help veterans become successful again.

Tellis says, "coming out of homelessness, I established a business or a beginning of a business called Dream Energy, LLC, and I deal in green energy products, and I just got registered with northwest procurement, so I'm just in the process of getting on my feet."

He says asking for help is the hardest part, but if you do there are resources out there.

The VA has given out similar grants across the country, as a part of its initiative to end veteran homelessness by 2015.


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