May 23, 2012
From left, Rembert Lane, executive director of the Peter Young Veterans Housing program on Gifford Street in Syracuse, Alice Bigelow of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 188 and Veterans Administration Medical Center social worker Mary Driscoll pose with the baskets collected by other American Legion auxiliaries for the veterans' home.
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On the campaign trail, there’s been a lot of talk about helping veterans get jobs. But in a two-story brownstone on Gifford Street in Syracuse, a small team of dedicated professionals is actually making it happen. The Veterans Residential Program is run by Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment funded by the Veterans Administration. The program is based on Father Peter Young’s “three-legged stool” program: provide veterans with treatment for their issues, whether they are related to substance abuse, mental health or something else; give them a place to live; and help them get vocational training and find a job. Once they have all of those, they will land on their feet. The program, which has been in existence for over 50 years, has homes from Buffalo to New York City.