PSBC VETERAN PROGRAMWhile Veterans entering the program define their own path and make their own decisions regarding education, employment and/or personal relationships, participants work through the rehabilitation process in two distinct housing models. Palmetto State Base Camp is involved and instrumental in providing housing in a group home environment (Alston Wilkes Veterans Home) as well as individual housing options as each veteran resident advances through their own recovery process.
ALSTON WILKES VETERANS HOMEVeterans begin their rehabilitation at a group home, Alston Wilkes Veterans Home, in Columbia, South Carolina. PSBC was instrumental in creating this home in 1996 working in conjunction with the Alston Wilkes Society, a statewide agency dedicated to giving hope and rebuilding lives through rehabilitation and preventive services. The group home provides shelter, training, and counseling for up to 18 veterans. Participants are recommended for and offered a place in the rehabilitation program by Veterans Administration services. PSBC, Alston Wilkes Society, and the Veterans Hospital/Administration work in close contact to provide a full program of counseling and training as well as housing for these veterans. In addition, any veteran who enters the group home must complete and/or participate in a VA drug and alcohol rehabilitation or other treatment program. Group home members live under certain program rules, participating in the home’s upkeep and making decisions about their life together. Veterans usually stay at the home for an average of six months although some stay for as long as two years. This length of time (unlike traditional shelters with short term stay limitations) allows formerly homeless veterans to establish an address, begin to receive any veteran’s benefits, and work through issues that cannot be solved in a week or two. They are able to begin looking at the future in a positive way and start taking steps toward independent living.