Transition House For Veterans In Klamath Falls

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, November 11 2013 at 3:48 PM, Updated: Mon, November 11 2013 at 4:00 PM

A new project now underway in Klamath Falls hopes to provide a 'safety net' for veterans being treated for service-related issues...and that transition home needs your help.

Steve Graham and Eric Olson believe this 10 bedroom home could help to keep 'at-risk' veterans from becoming homeless.

"We're going to try to get the veterans in here from rehab."  Explains Steve Graham of the Veterans Enrichment Center.  "Just get them off the streets and see if we can't help them out, and get them knowing the life they want, instead of what they're stuck with."

Grahm adds the home could help to provide a buffer for vets that have completed rehabilitation services...

"Rehab from White City, and from Roseburg."

"Whether it's PTSD, it could be any type of service-related issue."  Notes Eric Olson of the Veterans Enrichment Center.

Graham points out that donations to the Veterans Enrichment Center are tax-deductible.  Steve Graham can be reached at (541) 591-9033 for more information.

Olson notes that they're also looking for furnishings...

"We need rugs, we need drapes, we need couches, chairs, lamps, tables, we need a refrigerators and a stove."

The house could provide a temporary home for 18 to 20 veterans once it's fully furnished.

"And I think it's going to make a huge difference in our community."  States Eric Olson.  "Something to be proud of."

Graham and Olson hope to have the Veterans Enrichment Center open by Christmas.

An open house at the vets home will be held this Saturday from 10 to 2.

They're located at 1431 Avalon Street, down a lane just across from the Klamath Falls City Schools Administration Building.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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