DEDICATION SLATED FOR EXPANDED LACEY VETERANS SERVICES HUB
LACEY, WA, October 4, 2016: The City of Lacey plans to officially dedicate its expanded Veterans Services Hub during a public ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The facility, located on South Puget Sound Community College’s Lacey campus at 4232 6th Avenue SE, is a joint-undertaking between the city and a growing number of South Puget Sound Veterans services providers.
Eighteen organizations — American Legion, Catholic Community Services, Federal Way Vet Center, Goodwill Operation Good Jobs, GRuB, Metropolitan Development Council, Mission Continues, National Guard, Northwest Justice Project, SideWalk, Tacoma Vet Center, Thurston County Food Bank, Thurston County Veterans Assistance Fund, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Vet Corps, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, WorkSource Thurston County, and 9line — currently offer programs, assistance, and training at the 4,500-square-foot facility. The city expects a total of two dozen partners by year’s end, with services encompassing housing, education, employment, nutrition, healthcare screening, counseling, federal benefits, and other assistance.
With a primary focus on Thurston County’s 30,000 Veterans and the area’s growing number of transitioning service members, a smaller version of the facility operated out of about 1,200 square-feet of office space since October 2014, made possible by a collaborative partnership with South Puget Sound Community College. It quickly reached capacity and when adjacent space became available, the city decided to take advantage of the opportunity.
“The Veterans Services Hub and its outstanding service providers are truly filling a tremendous need,” Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder said, adding “We’ve assisted nearly 300 Veterans in the new space since mid-August, and we’re still ramping up operations.”
For more information, contact Stephen Kirkman, Lacey Public Affairs, at SKirkman@ci.lacey.wa.us or (360) 456-7788.