Veterans represent 25% of the homeless population in the United States, yet less than 10 percent of the U.S. population has served in the military. As Founder and CEO of EdgeAlliance, and a former Reserve Chaplain in the U.S. Navy, Jim Flosi recognizes the incredible need for affordable and supportive housing among our Veterans. Three other EdgeAlliance board members are also Veterans. EdgeAlliance is committed to helping our brave service men and women overcome homelessness and transition toward greater independence.
THE SHAWN FEELEY ALPHA HOUSE
The Shawn Feeley Alpha House, the newest addition to our campus (pictured below), is a Chicago greystone in the North Lawndale community that will be renovated to provide housing for very low-income and homeless veterans. With special help from "Designs for Dignity," which has selected EdgeAlliance as a recipient of pro-bono design services, The Shawn Feeley Alpha House will open its doors to Veterans in Fall 2012!
9/25/12 - This week, SPI Restoration and Construction crew is completing installation of 3,000 sqaure feet of wood flooring donated by WD Flooring, Somerset Wood Flooring and Shaw Floors/Anderson Hardwood, all members of the National Wood Flooring Association. Special thanks to Apex Wood Floors and our supporters and volunteers - near and far - for their incredible generosity!
7/28/12 - On Saturday, July 28, EdgeAlliance welcomed more than 100 Mission Continues Fellows from across the country to its North Lawndale campus. The Mission Continues Fellowship Program provides post-9/11 Veterans the opportunity to rebuild a sense of purpose through community service. Veterans learn to translate their military experiences into civilian skill sets, while earning a modest living stipend.
As part of the New Fellow Orientation weekend, Fellows worked to beautify the grounds of EdgeAlliance, tackling large areas of debris and overgrown weeds, transforming the courtyard, and helping to renovate The Shawn Feeley Alpha House, EdgeAlliance's latest Veterans project. Thanks to the work of the Mission Continues volunteers, EdgeAlliance residents can continue to enjoy a clean, safe and beautiful campus.
MC Fellows tear up concete slab behind The Shawn Feeley Alpha House to make way for a garden and greenspace.
EdgeAlliance is also in the pre-development phases of a 3-story building on the EdgeAlliance campus that would serve Veterans. The Liberty is a 36-unit studio apartment building that will provide housing for low-income older adults who are Veterans.
The Shawn Feeley Alpha House The Liberty