R.E.S.E.T for Vets
Is an acronym for: Regroup, Evaluate, Strategize, Engage and Track. R.E.S.E.T is a short-term diversion-housing program for Veterans returning from deployment or who are going through a life transition where they find they need some time to reflect on where they are at, where they want to go and to get support to find a way to make it happen. Veterans who take part in this program may participate in our “Heroes Connect” program or other volunteer opportunities VBC has available.
"Vittles 4 Vets" Food Pantry
Veterans Base Camp , in partnership with the Connecticut Food Bank, has opened a Food Pantry to provide food to veterans, active duty service men , women and their families. Please bring your military identification or DD214. Spouses or caretakers of military members,
bring verification the first time you come.
Please note: This is not a "hand-out." This is giving our service men and women and their families what they DESERVE!!!
Veterans Acoustic Instrument Wellness Course
(Music Mending Minds and Hearts)
The Veterans Base Camp in Chaplin, Connecticut has a unique mindfulness program for veterans with PTSD or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) thanks to master luthier and veteran Jamie Boss Sr. and his apprentice veteran Janet Freniere. Utilizing basic mindfulness strategies while actively engaging in the construction of an acoustic stringed instrument, the veteran not only learns a new skill, they then have an instrument which they can use for their personal enjoyment, or for participating in VBC's Veterans Cafe open mike nights (postponed during COVID), The class is free for veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD or TBI.
Veterans, First Responders and Community members are invited to volunteer at Veterans Base Camp in our many programs:
Angel Boxes/Angel Quilts- there are veterans living in local nursing homes, often without anyone to visit them. VBC wants to reach out to these veterans to let them know they are not forgotten. VBC has held several card drives and has put together shoe boxes (Thank you Leila Collin!) of greeting cards, stamps, addresses and the contact info for area nursing homes, a script to explain the program to the facility's social worker or recreation director...and thanks to the Harwood family, who makes handmade scrappy quilts for our veterans, we can also give them beautiful lap quilts-each with a special message in the pocket.
Vets-table Garden-our garden that supplies fresh produce for the veterans who live at VBC and to our Vittles 4 Vets Food Pantry.
Share-a-Talent : Sharing your skills with our resident veterans or youth that we work with through our relationships with area programs.
Animal Care: Our mini goats and chickens
Groundskeeping: Clearing trails, cutting firewood, lawnwork, gardening, groundswork etc.