Dole VA seeking move-in kits for homeless veterans


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center is seeking support to ensure homeless veterans being moved into housing have a better chance at a successful transition.

The Dole VA said many veterans have very little income and cannot afford basic household items.

Many Veterans transitioning out of shelters and into housing have very little income and cannot afford basic household items.

“Statistically, we know if a veteran feels safe and comfortable in their new housing that they are more likely to be successful and not become homeless again,” said Suzanne Jenkins, supervisor for the Dole VA’s homeless program. “There is no sense of security if you have been living in a shelter and move into an apartment with nothing to sustain yourself.”

Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at either the Behavioral Health clinic (Bldg. 5B) or the Voluntary Services office. Bldg. 5B is located on the southeast corner of the campus, and the Voluntary Services office is in the main building located at 5500 E. Kellogg. The VA can facilitate pick-up by calling Linda Gracey at 316-685-2221, ext. 57967.

The following items are needed, and only new items can be accepted:

  • Kitchen garbage can/trash bags        
  • Shower curtain/liner/rings
  • Kitchen towels                                    
  • Bathroom towels
  • Pillows                                                
  • Laundry baskets
  • Dish sets                                             
  • Drinking glass sets
  • Dish drying rack                                 
  • Silverware sets
  • Coffee pot                                          
  • Cooking utensils (spatula etc.)
  • Cooking pots/pans                             
  • Can opener
  • Broom/Mop                                       
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels                                      
  • Vacuums/bags
  • Microwaves
  • Queen size bed frames, mattresses and box springs, and comforters and sheets

Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance.

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