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Living Casualties: Homeless Veterans
22 February 2010

Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran's Center

We are proud to announce the newest addition to the Center for the Homeless family at 747 S. Michigan. This beautiful facility welcomes 24 male veterans, with bedrooms, baths, a kitchenette, a gathering room that opens into the Community garden, and a front desk, offices and conference area. Veterans are assigned a therapist and coach the day they check in, and have access to drug and alcohol treatment, individual and group therapy, clothes and meals, and the help they need to reintegrate into society. They are given support as they come to grips with PTSD, medical issues and, for many, years on the streets.

On 11 November 2011, we opened the doors to the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran's Center! We gratefully acknowledge our partners and the countless businesses and individuals who continue to contribute and make our grant funds stretch. We thank and honor former Judge Robert L. Miller, Sr., whose motto is "gotta hurry, itís late!" and who continually inspires us to work harder, give back more generously, and thank those who have given their lives for us.

History of 747 Project

An existing print shop was purchased and detailed plans were drafted to renovate and provide shelter and communal space for homeless military Veterans. Renovations included the following.

Reception Area at front of building to receive Guests and Visitors. Reception Area needs to be contained to allow controlled access to the facility.

Office space(s) for a minimum of two administrators.

Sleeping quarters for up to 24 men, in a series of smaller three man bunk rooms, including a bed for isolated detox. Sleeping quarters for residents will be located on the first floor to comply with standards of egress.

Large common space to be used for social space and meetings; should accommodate 30 people, seated.

Kitchenette with space for a refrigerator and sink. No stove is planned for at this time.

New Exterior Doors to be added to allow egress from the facility to the Parking Lot and Garden.


The renovations will include a new facade for the existing building which is to be in keeping with the character of the neighboring Center for the Homeless. Greater openness and transparency to the street are goals and will help connect the facility more directly with the community.

Level of interior finishes to be determined pending additional information about budget and donated materials. Buccellato Design to make recommendations for finishes, fixtures, and fittings, and can also participate in the review of cut sheets or submittals for items to be donated (to review for consistency with your (JM's) overall design goals).

The 747 Project Committee is as follows.

Chris Elmerick (Click for Bio)
Construction Manager (CM), 747 Project

Buccellato Design (Click for Bio)
Designers, 747 Project

Granger Community Church (Click for Bio)
Remodeling Labor and Skills

Former members are as follows.

Howard R. Goodhew, Jr. (Click for Bio)
Former Finance Chairman, 747 Project

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