Welcome Home Veterans aims to provide quality housing and services for Shiawassee County's veterans. The faith-based non-profit that was founded in April 2015 envisions an environment that promotes camaraderie, supports spiritual, emotional and physical well-being, and offers space specifically designed for veterans and their families, including the many that struggle financially and are unable to afford quality housing.
Welcome Home Veterans recently purchased the former Wilbur Bills Elementary School in Bancroft from the Durand school district and has begun the transformation of the school into that space that the non-profit was organized to create, but your help is needed.
On Saturday March 18th, from noon to 3pm, Welcome Home Veterans is holding its first "Donation Day." All are invited to the the facility at 251 Prior Road in Bancroft. Future Donation Days will be held April 22nd and May 20th.
A golf outing to raise funds for the organization and facility is also planned for June 24th in Chesaning.
Welcome Home Veterans says there are 5,600 vets living in Shiawassee County alone, and outside of the Veteran's Affairs Office, there isn't another single veterans-dedicated housing or service organizations.
The mother of Natalie, the Durand toddler discovered beaten and burned, was arraigned Thursday morning in Shiawassee 66th District Court in Corunna on first degree child abuse charges. Neighbors applauded, WSMH reports, as Abigail Rae Springs, 19, was arrested and escorted from her home.
Sheriff Brian BeGole says Springs may face more charges. She is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.