Amarillo’s Veterans Resource Center prepares to move to permanent facility after tragic fire

Published: Aug. 2, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - After a year and half operating from the Guyon Saunders Resource Center, Amarillo’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is preparing to move to stand-alone facility.

This is part of long-term recovery efforts from the fire that destroyed their main office last year.

The ready to move in location is at 800 S Rusk, just steps away from Family Support Services new main office.

The facility has double the office space and a courtyard for events and group therapy.

“After the fire, we had to cancel some partnerships because we didn’t had the available space,” said Jim Womack, executive director at Family Support Services.

Aside from being able to restart some partnerships with agencies like, Northwest Legal Aid and the Texas Panhandle Centers, the new space will also improve current partnerships.

An specialist at VetStar, an organization that currently partners wit VRC and focuses on housing assistance for veterans facing homelessness says the extra space has come at the right time.

“There have been a lot of new veterans who have become homeless or needed homeless prevention services,” said Chris Israel, veterans housing specialist at VetStar. “The space is going to be fantastic. We’re also, bringing on news staff as well, because we’re starting a couple of new programs.”

VRC serves around 1,500 veterans and their families. With the new facility, they’re hoping to serve even more.

The resource center will continue to offer virtual services to serve veterans and their families outside Amarillo.

Moving to the new facility will start next week.

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