“RV’S FOR VETERANS” in SLO….by Becky Jorgeson
29 April 2012 670 views 3 Comments
We're starting a program of getting RV's donated to homeless veterans. I have another homeless man who is a mechanic and can (and will) work on them. After my son & I find an RV that someone wants to donate (which would be a tax deduction for person donating) the veteran and mechanic will be hooked up - veteran can work directly with the mechanic, pay him for his work, get the RV registered (if reg. is not current), get insurance, and away he drives with his home on wheels.
Since many veterans are disabled, they can stay at any campground for half what it would normally cost (some state parks, like Montana de Oro = $12.50/night - still pricey). Monday morning, I'm going to ask Lois Capps at the breakfast meeting she is putting on for local veterans if she'd ask the powers that be if VA parking lots can be opened up to our homeless veterans statewide ... the vets could be given a flier to post in their window (proving they're a veteran with insurance and current registration) ... they could provide their own security (lord knows they know how) and have someone in charge of keeping the lot tidy. It could be they're just allowed to park at night.
Other great idea my son came up with was allowing homeless veterans to move into the state parks slated to be closed this summer and keep the place up. Excellent idea!
Many veterans get a pension but often times it's ($800 a month) -- not enough for a room or place to rent and have any money left over.
Another friend suggested we scour the RV storage lots here in SLO - there are a few -- and many times vehicles sit there without being used....
No liability, paperwork, staff or money involved - no muss or fuss - just trust. And how do we know this will work? We did it this past week ... my oldest son was working for a lady who wanted to get an RV out of her driveway, which we did; our homeless veteran is now getting it registered with the DMV - it already runs (just needs a few minor repairs and a new roof - he's already scraped the old one off and waiting until he gets money so he can put down a new roof) ... and when he's done with it, it'll be a beauty - and he'll have a roof over his head.
So: If you know of anyone who wants to donate an RV to a homeless veteran, please advise! My son and I are doing this as a joint project...we will earn nothing from it...just giving back to our veterans who put their lives on the line for us to be able to live as we do today.
Advocate for Our Homeless (who are ineligible for other homeless services)