Original article from Florida Today

Veterans complex in need of appliances, furniture

More than 80 people live at Veterans Village in Cocoa. Washing clothes for all those people strains the complex’s washing machines, which must be replaced often.

Volunteers of America, which operates the transitional apartment complex for homeless veterans on Peachtree Street, is in need of new or used washers and dryers to replace some that are worn out.

“We only have three residential washers and dryers and we have over 80 people,” said Sylvester Jones, housing and property manager at the complex.

Jones said the village also needs refrigerators to replace ones that are failing. In addition, he is always accepting donations of other appliances and furniture.

“We’re always in need of beds, dressers and couches,” he said.

Jones said that in most cases, he can pick up donations of appliances or furniture.

Veterans Village can house a veteran and his or her family for up to two years — though the average stay is 18 months — until they can transition into independent living in their own apartment or house.

Residents are urged to meet three goals toward independence: Address any substance-abuse or mental health problems, find employment or be enrolled in school or a job-training program and find secure housing.

Volunteers of America of Florida is part of the national nonprofit faith-based organization that helps those in need to rebuild their lives.

How to help

To make donations of money, appliances or furniture, call VOA at 321-806-2669