Merrillville-based Webb House, an organization serving homeless veterans, has broken ground on a new facility to help female veterans who are down on their luck.
Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the nonprofit is building a place for women veterans to receive temporary housing and training that could lead to jobs.
Webb House says the new $1.6 million facility could house up to 10 female veterans at a time, but there would also be room for children.
A total of 16 people could live there at any given time, but adult men would not be allowed.
“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the fact that you’re doing a women veterans shelter, they’re so hard to come by,” said Jan Brown, national commander of the American Veterans (AMVETS) organization.
Brown said there are several factors that have unfortunately resulted in a lack of facilities for female veterans. She said it’s not only because there are fewer women in the military than men, but also because women could have children with them.
The publication says representatives from local unions will visit the Webb House facility each week to provide training in various trades.
“These ladies will be trained,” said Robert Farmer, executive director of Webb House. “It’s not like they’re just going to be in a place getting three squares (meals) a day … they will be in a classroom for training to improve themselves once they get out.”
Webb House hopes to open the new housing facility by June.