Woman in York keeps late father’s dream alive to help homeless veterans

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Vietnam veteran Sandy Walker died last March, but his dream was to renovate an old building on the west end of York as an emergency shelter for homeless veterans.

His daughter, Sandie is in charge of running the Mr. Sandy’s Homeless Veteran’s Center on West King Street.

She said her father would have been proud of the doors opening, but would have stayed away from the spotlight.

“With him being on the front lines and getting the recognition, he would not have liked that,” said Walker, “But most
vets are not helping others for the recognition.”

The shelter has enough space to take in 22 people.

The facility will provide food, clothing and a place to sleep, along with services that include, mental health counseling, bus fare, prescription medicine and dental assistance.

Walker says they will also help veterans who need outside assistance.

“A lot of veterans are not aware of the services that are out there,” said Walker, “We offer immediate assistance, and we connect them to the VA in York County or the medical center in York County.”

The center will begin providing services for homeless veterans by the end of November.

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