Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin

Welcome to the home of tiny villages for homeless veterans




Who We Are

Based in Racine, WI, Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin (VOW) works to make a difference in the lives of at-risk Veteran households in every community across Wisconsin. We were founded by community members who recognized a need and took action. What began as a group of volunteers in 2013 has blossomed rapidly into a growing organization. Our program expanded in 2017 to include a village of 15 tiny homes, a food market, and trauma-informed programming. We are looking to expand our services in Racine and serve Veteran households in Milwaukee.

As the first and most successful project of its kind in Wisconsin, VOW has been recognized nationally as a model for other communities. Our Milwaukee expansion will be a village of 42 tiny homes, a 10,000 sq ft community center, and a complimentary Veterans Food Market. Located at 6767 N. 60th Street the Milwaukee development will emulate the programming services offered in Racine. Working with collaborative partners will increase capacity across our service network to care for our local heroes and their families. Our holistic approach to recovery is a blueprint for how communities can come together and support our heroes in need.

Building tiny homes is simply the foundation of the program. Once a resident no longer has to worry about their immediate needs, they can start building for the future. Veteran residents will have the support to hope, plan, and dream for the next chapter of their lives. In addition, our program services such as financial literacy, Veteran peer support groups, weekly wellness activities (meditation, yoga, field trips), job facilitation, and service hours help our residents engage them with the broader community. Finally, program participants will have the stability to know their foundation is more than just one paycheck away from a return to homelessness.

Our services are free to Veteran households. But, we could not do this without all of the incredible community support we receive! Please help Be a Hero to a Hero and donate today.

Online Donation

Support us by giving a one-time or monthly donation.

To donate online, click HERE.


Mail a Donation

Please make checks payable to:

Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin
1624 Yout Street
Racine, WI 53404

Our Wishlist

Click HERE to view our Amazon wishlist of the most needed items for the Veteran Village residents and Veteran Market clients.

9-Line Veteran Support Program

If you are in immediate crisis and need to talk to someone now – call the Veterans Crisis Line. Dial 988 then press 1 or text 838255. This call is free and confidential. Learn more.

The Veteran Village

James A. Peterson Veteran Village

We house homeless veterans while supplying them with all the tools needed to break the cycle of homelessness and help them to once again become productive members of society.

SC Johnson Community Center

The SC Johnson Community Center is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to Veterans living in the James A. Peterson Veterans Village.

The Veteran Market

The Veteran Market

The Veteran Market supplies Veteran and Surviving Spouse households with food, cleaning products, hygiene products, pet supplies, and other household items. We proudly serve over 400 households per month.

The Veteran Market Warehouse

The Veteran Market warehouse is where we store all of the donations we receive from individuals to organizations to large corporations. This space allows us to provide a varying mixture of good to our Veterans and Surviving Spouses each and every week!

Our Partners

Racine Community Foundation
Associated Bank
Northerstern Mutual
Forest Co Potowatomi
Ideal Industries Inc
United Way of Racine Co
Trees from Home Inc
 St Andrew
Tabak Law
Van's Electric Service Inc
Milwaukee Tools
SC Johnson
Racine Co WI
Wisconsin Nat Guard
Burlington Graphics Services
United Mechanical Inc
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