It is not a surprise that our days at the County Council are filled with many meetings. Sometimes, we are fortunate enough to get invited to tour facilities that house programs we have funded. Staff and I recently had the opportunity to tour one of those facilities, the Betsy Ross Hall. I feel compelled to share with you the wonderful things this program does.
Located on the grounds of the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting, Betsy Ross Hall is for women veterans. I had never been to the soldiers’ home and as I drove onto the grounds, I felt a sense of calm. Maybe it was the beautiful day, or that the facility sits at the foot of Mt. Rainier, but I believe that this environment provides a wonderful place for veterans to heal.
We connected with Kacy Cross, a caseworker who toured us through the Betsy Ross Hall. The program serves women vets who have been homeless for more than one night, clean and sober for at least 30 days, have a desire to lead a clean and sober lifestyle and make meaningful life changes, which will lead to independent living. Residents can reside at Betsy Ross Hall for up to a year.
Many of the women coming to this facility have experienced trauma. Some are victims of domestic violence or have had substance use disorders. All have spotty employment records and have been homeless. Betsy Ross helps these women get on a path to wellness and employment. They provide case management, chemical dependency services and mental health services. They understand the need and strive to provide necessary connections, care and counseling for these women. The outcome is that they leave with the confidence to find stable housing and successful employment, all while integrating back into society.
I left that day feeling full of hope for these women, and thankful that the County could help these veteran women in need who have given so much to us.
To find out how you can help those at the Besty Ross Hall, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connie Ladenburg is a member of the Pierce County Council, serving District 4. See her blogs as https://blog.co.pierce.wa.us/connieladenburg.