James A. Peterson
The James A Peterson Veteran Village and SC Johnson Community Center are located at 1624 Yout Street, Racine, WI 53404. 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.
Our program is much more than just a shelter for homeless veterans. We bring them into a welcoming, warm environment with all the amenities they need, including a full-sized kitchen, recreation area, showers, bathrooms, and a laundry room. In addition, they have their own unique tiny home which has a bed, small storage areas, a microwave, Keurig machine, refrigerator, and a television. A large part of the program is working closely with each resident to bring all the tools necessary for success and well-being. These tools include group therapy for PTSD and AODA, assistance with work search, Veterans benefit search, financial advice and guidance, and housing placement. We also offer alternative classes from cooking to yoga to art therapy. We want each Veteran to have a well-rounded experience so they may grow and adapt.
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 facility includes male and female restrooms, a laundry room, four showers (two are handicap accessible), a full-sized kitchen with food pantry access (during normal business hours), a recreation area with pool table, two televisions, and a large L-couch.
At the Outreach, we do not want the tiny homes to be a place to hide. The goal of the Community Center is to encourage the Veterans to step out of their tiny homes and into a community setting where they can interact with one another to help with their transition from homelessness. With the access to the facility, skills training, and interaction with other Veterans we hope to complete our mission to assist homeless and at-risk Veterans strive for normalcy in life and end the homeless cycle.