Veterans support organization relocates to impact homeless problem

Organization looks for donations to help homeless veterans
Veterans support organization relocates to impact homeless problem

To directly combat factors often contributing to veterans becoming homeless, like drug use, alcoholism and PTSD, veteran support organization Dryhootch Madison has moved locations.

The organization has moved from its Middleton coffee shop to a more counseling-like setting next the Willy St. Veteran’s Center.

“We have a great deal of homeless veterans in this area, and I think we can do a lot more good for a larger group,” Dryhootch Madison Director Calvin Tucker said.

Tucker said about 150 homeless veterans are in southern Wisconsin.

On Nov. 1, Dryhootch Madison transported 87 of those homeless veterans to the Wright St. National Guard Armory, where they received haircuts, meals, showers, new clothes and lots of resources.

“It’s important to honor their service, and doing the things that are necessary to make them whole again,” Tucker said.

During the event, organizers ran out of boots, and are currently in need of 33 pairs. Dryhootch Madison is asking for cash donations or new or gently used boots to make sure their homeless veteran “Boots on the Ground” initiative is successful.

To donate, call Calvin Tucker at 608-250-2540.