The Augusta Warrior Project has formally acquired the name “Aiken Warrior Project” to refect its commitment to warriors on both sides of the Savannah River.
The name acquisition also marks the partnership with the Alston Wilkes Society to administer the Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant in Aiken, Edgefield, Barnwell and McCormick counties. This agreement will allow AWP to serve veterans in those counties who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. The name change affects only operations in South Carolina; in Georgia, it will continue to be known as the Augusta Warrior Project.
Alston Wilkes Society will administer the Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant, and AWP will do the outreach and screening necessary to find and identify veteran families in need. This partnership dovetails with AWP’s recent expansion into the rural counties of both Georgia and South Carolina.
“We are pleased to be able to provide our services to Warriors in South Carolina and look forward to assisting those in need as we have in the urban Augusta area,” said Jim Lorraine, AWP’s executive director.
AWP has virtually eliminated veteran homelessness in Richmond and Columbia counties through a similar partnership with the Augusta Equal Opportunity Authority. In just one year, AWP and EOA have permanently housed 125 veteran families, according to Lorraine.
“There are still some individuals housed in transient housing, such as at the Domicilliary at the Charlie Norwood Medical Center, but there are very few veterans out on the street thanks to the hard work of the EOS and our advocates. In a year, we hope to be able to say the same about homelessness in the South Carolina counties we will serve.”
For more information on AWP, visit their website at www.augustawarriorproject.org.