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"Truly, that's why the collaborations are so important, and why Welcome Home- we say we go beyond a shelter for that specific reason; it's not about just getting the veteran off the street, it's about truly providing them connection to resources and services and benefits that are going to help them sustain independence and keep them off the streets for good." -- MEGAN SIEVERS, Development Director, Welcome Home, a Community for Veterans | Additional guest: ROBERT CANINE  March 28, 2019

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Welcome Home is a transitional emergency and service center for veterans. The organization has been operating in Columbia for more than 25 years, and recently expanded. The mission? To reduce veteran homelessness by helping people gain housing, services and skills to form stable lives. 

Intersection's Sara Shahriari sat down with Timothy Rich, the executive director of Welcome Home, to learn about the organization and its new facilities.


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Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) made a visit to Columbia Monday and took a tour of one of the city’s homeless veteran shelters.

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Two local agencies will be receiving more than $400,000 to continue programs that work to prevent homelessness in the veteran populations of Mid-Missouri. Phoenix Health Programs is one of the programs and has been awarded more than $200,000, while Welcome Home, Inc. has been awarded more than $190,000.  

A plan to use up to $50 million in bonds to fund a new home for veterans in Missouri may head to Missouri voters to decide.

The Missouri House on Wednesday gave initial approval to a measure that would send voters a constitutional amendment to approve new bonds to pay for construction of a new veteran's home.

Shelter Insurance will donate $450,000 to a project to build an apartment complex and temporary homeless shelter for veterans in Columbia called Patriot Place.  

The plan is to renovate the former Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 East into a campus with 25 on-site apartments and a temporary homeless shelter. There will also be space for case management and support services.