Founded in 1993, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) has grown to become Rhode Island’s innovative and leading non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of ending homelessness among veterans in our communities. OSDRI follows the “housing first model” providing permanent and transitional housing combined with a full range of supportive services designed to address the individual veteran’s needs which led to his or her state of homelessness. Supportive services include but are not limited to: intensive case management; coordination of mental health and substance abuse treatment; assistance with VA benefits and employment, training and job placement services. Our focus is to give veterans a “hand up…not a hand out.”
Presently Operation Stand Down Rhode Island owns and operates fifty nine units of permanent and transitional housing located on five campuses throughout the state. These facilities house disabled low-income veterans who prior to arriving at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island were homeless.
For homeless or at-risk low-income veterans, with or without disabilities, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island provides rental assistance and supportive services through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Grant.
Below is a description of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island permanent and transitional supportive housing for disabled low-income homeless veterans.
Hartford Avenue Veteran Housing (Johnston, RI)
U.S. Marine SGT Brian R. St. Germain Home (West Warwick, RI)
Opened in 2005, 790 Providence Street, West Warwick is dedicated in honor of West Warwick native Marine SGT Brian R. St. Germain who was killed on 2 April 2006 as a result of injuries received during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The SGT St. Germain Home provides housing and supportive services to nine disabled formerly homeless veterans.
Adjacent to the St. Germain Home is Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Employment and Education Training Service Center.
U.S. Marine CPL Holly Charette Home (Johnston, RI)
Bissell Street Apartments (Providence, RI)
U.S. Army SGT Gregory A. Belanger Apartments (Providence, RI)
U.S. Army SPC Ronald E. Blake Home (Johnston, RI)
The John Arthur Johnson and Joan Louise Mayo Family Housing Units (Johnston, RI)
Expanding supportive housing for homeless veteran families remains a top priority for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Two additional family facilities were built and dedicated in 2013. The first is dedicated in honor of U.S. Navy veteran John Arthur Johnson who served on OSDRI’s Board of Directors for nineteen years and was an integral part of the Stand Down Weekend annual outreach event. The second facility is dedicated in honor of U.S. Air Force veteran Joan Louise Mayo. Joan Mayo was one of the first homeless female veterans to reside in the Marine CPL Holly Charette Home. When she became terminally ill, Joan was moved to the OSDRI Headquarters where she remained in the company of her OSDRI family till she passed. She was laid to rest by OSDRI with military honors.
Westerly Pierce Street Apartments
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island completed renovations during the fall of 2014 of this majestic home in the North End of Westerly and constructed two additional buildings. A total of 10 apartments (six single and four two bedroom) will house low-income disabled veterans and their families.
November 2014 marked the ground breaking of two expansion projects on Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s 1010 Hartford Avenue campus. To better serve our veteran’s changing needs, OSDRI is constructing a new Veteran Service Center with space permitting confidential client counseling and employment training classes. An additional 4 units of housing is also being constructed for low-income veterans.