Communities across the nation respond to homelessness in a variety of ways. In Kansas City, Missouri; public-private partnerships, continual outreach and advocacy, information sharing, precise coordination and program development prove to be the right equation to reduce local homelessness, as it relates to regional disabled veterans. Phase II of the St. Michaels Veteran Center campus is now open for business, and fully occupied. That means 59 additional veterans now have a place to call home.
The 24-acre campus is designed for veterans to transition through the various stages of residency and seeks to empower veterans toward healthy reintegration with their families and communities by providing safe, permanent housing and select supportive services. St. Michael’s connects veterans with the means necessary to achieve long-term health, employment, and financial success.
Phase II of the project is approximately 64,000 sq. ft. and includes a 7,000 sq. ft. supportive service center that is open to all regional veterans and not just residents.
The architecture firm Rosemann and Associates P.C. designed the facility with the needs of disabled veterans in mind and included spacious wheelchair-accessible rooms, granite countertops and large closets.
The building is equipped with space for job and computer training, community gathering, a library, theater and coffee bar, outpatient medical resources and a fitness center. A professionally landscaped courtyard connects the two buildings with a modern design and energy-efficient lighting.
4Sight Construction Group completed St. Michael’s Phase II in December of 2016 and is anticipating construction of Phase III and the Honor Pavilion Commemorative Garden to begin in late 2018.