Category Archives: Veteran

The Green Chair Project Partners with The VA to Serve Our Veterans

 

At The Green Chair Project, we are proud to work alongside the kind and dedicated case managers from the VA who help veterans reach their own personal goals for a better life.

The VA Homeless Program and Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) help veterans who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The HCHV connects them with medical, mental health, substance use, employment, and housing resources, while The Homeless Program works to reduce homelessness among veterans by providing a wide range of services such as outreach, case management, and housing.

The VA escorts veterans to The Green Chair Project to select the furnishings they need to make their new homes comfortable and complete.

It’s a privilege to meet the men and women who have served our country; we’re touched by their humility and grace. 

This Memorial Day, we thank our community for working with us to show our gratitude to these veterans who have sacrificed much on our behalf.

The Green Chair Project Partners with CASA to Help the Homeless

How are clients referred to The Green Chair Project? Through our many partner agencies, including CASA, who shared this guest blog.  

The Green Chair Project is a Wake County nonprofit that provides gently-used furnishings for a small fee to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness into secure housing.

Green Chair shoppers select living room and dining room furniture, kitchen items, and bed and bath linens.  The donated items are presented in a showroom setting in a way that promotes dignity and respect.

CASA is a Green Chair Project partner.  We refer our newest tenants to their showroom for a shopping trip to furnish their new homes.  When CASA opened its veteran specific properties in Raleigh and Durham, CASA’s veteran tenants visited the Green Chair where they were able to find the furnishings needed to outfit their new homes.

Kathleen DeRubio, CASA’s volunteer coordinator says,  “Our residents start their visit a little unsure of what to expect, but when they begin to imagine their new place with furniture and art on the walls, they get so excited.  Everyone always leaves happy and feeling optimistic about their new life.”

Learn more about the The Green Chair Project’s mission and needed donations, and reach out to the team at CASA to see how you can help solve homelessness in the Triangle.

Service After the Military: Vet Helps Vet at The Green Chair Project

When John Dunlap heard a Navy veteran was coming to The Green Chair Project, he didn’t hesitate to ask to help out. As logistics coordinator, John usually works behind the scenes, keeping our warehouse and showroom well-stocked and in order. But this time he wanted to work directly with the client and serve a fellow veteran transitioning to a new home.

John Dunlap, Green Chair Project logistics coordinator and Navy vet

William, client and Navy vet, trying out his new couch

When John met William, a veteran who was about to select furnishings for his new apartment, they formed an immediate connection, having both served in the U.S. Navy.  “It’s like I’m back on the battlefield, like I’m helping a brother,” said John.

“No matter when you serve, the fact that you served connects you.”

John could relate to the transition William was going through. When John first walked through our doors in 2013, he was getting help after three and a half years in the Navy, and nine years in the Army National Guard. When his military service ended, Passage Home helped him make the transition to civilian life. Through Passage Home, he was connected to The Green Chair Project. He started working here in April 2017.

When William recently browsed our showroom floor, John assisted as he selected a couch, chair, kitchen table and other essentials for his new apartment. He had one goal in mind: he wanted everything to be in order for his son’s homecoming. John said he could sense the pride William had, making his own choices, and knowing he could provide a homey and comfortable environment for his son.

Two vets connected through The Green Chair Project–both transitioning from the military at different times, but forming a bond as one vet helped another get a new start in life.

John has kept in touch with William since he set up his new apartment, and even stopped by to see how all the new furnishings looked. John said William was happy with everything he selected, and ready for his son to return home.

“We talked like shipmates,” said John. “I always want to help out a fellow vet.”