“I am just so blessed, to have this opportunity to have a place to stay,” said Quianna Rodriguez, a new resident.
Ten formerly homeless female veterans and their children now have a newly renovated and expanded residence to call home, thanks to a collaboration between Final Salute Inc. and HomeAid Northern Virginia.
“This has a little bit of a special spot for me because I was a military spouse for six years and on top of that, females experiencing homelessness with their children, as a mother I cannot imagine. After you have served our country, it is a basic human need, a basic human right, to have a place to call home,” said Kristyn Burr, executive director HomeAid Northern Virginia.
Burr says the $650,000 project upgraded an eight bedroom home in Alexandria that serves these women. Quianna Rodriguez and her children express their excitement at being one of the first families to move in.
“My kids are excited, so I am very thankful,” said Rodriguez.
“It is a piece of hope, you know, a beacon of hope for them,” said Jas Boothe, the president of Final Salute Inc.
“This is that safe space, that transitional space where they can work to self sufficiency and get the programs and the roof over their heads that they really need to have,” said Burr.
“They are a population that has been historically overlooked for their contributions in the military. So for them, they are hopeful, they are appreciative, their children don’t have to sleep in cars, they don’t have to bounce from home to home, now they have a place to come where they can settle and get their lives back on track,” said Boothe.