SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – An organization dedicated to helping veterans in Kentuckiana faces a new challenge.
For the past year, the Veteran’s Club Inc. has managed the Shelbyville Veterans Village. The tiny house community on Bradshaw Street has been run by the Veteran’s Club and has helped dozens of veterans get back on their feet.
But a real estate dispute means they will have to find a new home.
“It is with extreme disappointment that the Veteran’s Club Inc. team announces that we have received 60 days notice to vacate Veteran’s Village here in Shelbyville, Kentucky,” said Jeremy Harrell, Veteran’s Club Founder and CEO. .
Awake Ministries developed the village and brought in the Veteran’s Club to manage day-to-day operations.
“Recently, we were informed that a third-party social group, made up of former Awake Ministries board members, will now manage this facility,” Harrell said.
Jonathan Hale, chairman of the board of Awake Ministries, said the organization was simply changing direction and transferring ownership to an organization called Veterans Rural Outreach.
“What the Awake board recently decided was that Awake would return to focusing on food insecurity and addiction recovery,” Hale said. “We let the Veteran’s Club know that Awake will no longer own, so to speak, the Veteran’s Village. We will transfer that to the original founding group.
“And the reason for that is to allow two veteran-focused nonprofits to work together on this specific issue.”
But the Veterans Club is already looking for a new home and preparing to launch the Veterans Club Assistance Program (VCAP).
“What VCAP will do, essentially, will take everything we offer here on the ground and allow us to do it in a more mobile way,” Harrell said.
The Veterans Club hopes to have an announcement regarding a new location in the coming months.
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