Updated: 9:27 AM EST Feb 8, 2024
By BILL PEARSON Wed, 01/24/2024 – 10:00am
The First Bank in Mid-Coast is a Major Supporter of Boothbay V. E. T. S. Inc. Ed Harmon discribes our mission and our goals and shows how we support Veterans in Maine. Don’t tell us we there isn’t a way to help Homeless in Maine. We have over 200 Veterans in Maine. We can do it one trailer at a time, but we need your help.
We Build Hope….
In 2020 Ed Harmon, became aware of a terrible situation concerning homeless veterans. The veterans subsequently died due to exposure because of the lack of a proper shelters.
Our Mission is to provide short term shelter for Homeless Veterans who do not have immediate access to shelter. At the present we are partnered with Maine Department of Veterans Affairs to identify current needs. There are at least 100 or more Homeless Veterans who meet these criteria at any point in time in the State of Maine.
Currently we have constructed a Prototype and many shelters, building a total of 22 Shelters, which is currently being used as a demonstration model and found functioning units. Of the many functioning units have been made available to the Veterans Affairs and all units are being occupied by homeless veterans. This has been done with donated funds, services and materials. As a note, if we were to have paid full cost for all materials, each unit would have cost in excess of nine thousand dollars. The out of pocket cost for a completed unit is nearly $5200.
We have received all the units we ordered. There is plans to deploy these unit soon as constructions are complete. To retro fit for the completed homeless trailers. The increase cost is due to increase pricing of both the bare trailers and an increase in the cost of heaters.
These completed trailers are ready for occupancy with super insulation, refrigerators, microwaves, beds, heaters, port-a-potty and bedding. There is no running water as we do live in Maine and wind can be cold, also the variety of location does not insure availability of secured hookups.
We hope you will want to partner in to help meet this growing need.
Ed Harmon – President
|Installing Window into the trailer.
|Installing Flooring in the trailer.