Donation boosts efforts for York veterans shelter

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Efforts to open the first and only veterans shelter in York County got a boost Tuesday.

The York County Veterans Outreach program made a $10,000 donation to the project.

The group Veterans Helping Hand is building a new emergency shelter for vets in the 400 block of West King Street.

Sandie Walker took over the project from her father who died in March of heart failure.

“This was the dream of my father,” she said. “He was a Vietnam War vet who worked with vets for years, and one of the issues he came across was when vets needed emergency or short-term shelter, there was no place to put them. He paid to put them in hotels. So, this is a place where we cam help them and give them the service they need immediately.”

“Two years ago, we lost a veteran under a city bridge due to the weather, the extreme weather,” said Susan Byrne, president of the York County Veterans Outreach. “That’s not gonna happen again.”

The project still needs about $40,000 to open and operate through the rest of this year. If all goes as planned, the shelter will open in November – in time for Veterans Day.

To donate, call 717-846-6035, visit veteranshelpinghand.org or mail a check to 46 S. Pershing Ave., York, PA 17401.

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