The Alpha House is transforming lives for Veterans in Collier County. Its official opening was commemoratedon January 15, 2020.
Camera crews stood ready to capture every moment of the heartfelt ceremony. This special home is held close to the hearts of many patriotic citizens, charitable organizations, and government services because it provides a healthy and safe living environment for Veterans in need.
The Alpha House provides transitional housing to those in need of a “Hand Up and not a Handout.” Judge Janeice T. Martin and Lt. Leslie Weidenhammer of Collier County Sheriff ’s Office excitedly spoke about the impact the home will have on those who walk through its doors.
The first of its kind in Collier County, this home provides America’s heroes a supportive recovery community. The house is managed by Nextep, Inc., a certificated recovery residence for those who need assistance transitioning back into society.
It is estimated that there are approximately 40 homeless Veterans living in Collier County. Prior to the Alpha House, homeless Veterans were relocated to the surrounding counties.
One of the new Alpha House residents shared that, “Wounded Warriors of Collier County has been an absolute godsend! After being discharged from the Navy, I returned to the civilian world utterly clueless about how to be a civilian. This resulted in nearly a decade of drug addiction, incarceration, and homelessness.
The program has given me a fresh start in an extremely positive environment that I never would have been able to acquire on my own. Now I’m learning how to thrive daily and accomplish the everyday victory that seems to come so naturally to others.”
The residents of Alpha House primarily transition from the Collier County Veterans Treatment Court, David Lawrence Center, and St. Matthew’s House. The home currently houses four residents with bedrooms named Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta.
Program participants can reside in the Alpha House for a maximum of one year. The average stay for each resident will likely be five to six months based upon each resident’s individualized transition program. The origin of the Alpha House started two years ago as the result of the community coming together to address the homeless issues faced by local Veterans.
Local businesses, contractors, and volunteers donated their time and materials, including the furnishings in the home.
Four residents in the Alpha House is the maximum legal capacity. Wounded Warriors of Collier County has requested a variance from the City of Naples to allow them to house up to eight residents.
Wounded Warriors of Collier County is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to assist with the local needs of Veterans and their families, with the focus on education, housing, and mental health.
Funding for these programs is provided by local donors and sponsors. Visit our website at: woundedwarriorsofcolliercounty.com and learn more about how you can help by volunteering or providing financial support.