Vetsville Cease Fire House, Inc.
Is a Florida Nonprofit Corporation
Vetsville Cease Fire House, Inc. is administrated by The Executive Committee of five members, an Advisory Board of Directors comprised of Community and Civic leaders, Veterans Association Leaders and former homeless veterans, all of whom are non paid volunteers.
The Program’s Executive Director is Chris Noel of West Palm Beach, Florida. Ms. Noel is a Hollywood actress who served with Armed Forces Radio under the Department of Defense in wartime in Vietnam. Present staffing is all veterans or disabled veterans.
HISTORY AND FOUNDING
FOUNDED BY CHRIS NOEL
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
THE FIRST VETSVILLE CEASE FIRE HOUSE WAS FOUNDED BY CHRIS NOEL, STAR OF THE ARMED FORCES RADIO SHOW,
“A DATE WITH CHRIS”
BROADCAST IN VIETNAM, 1966-1971. MGM star of ‘Cease Fire’ and U.S.O. Field entertainer who served with our GIs, often under live incoming fire. Her most recent book, ‘Matter of Survival’ is now in it’s second printing, and is editorialized as “Hollywood Actress Working For Pentagon in Vietnam”. Chris has not forgotten the memories of our American Heroes. As memories come crashing back, Chris was compelled not to forget and do more. Chris has taken up arms in the war against homelessness among demoralized American Veterans.
Chris Founded and established the first VETSVILLE CEASE FIRE HOUSE in February 1993 in Riviera Beach, Florida as temporary housing for homeless veterans. Cease Fire House #2 opened in April 1993 and the Boynton Beach Cease Fire House opened in May 1994. In 1995, the City of West Palm Beach provided an apartment building which was renovated by a HOME Grant for family and female housing. In 1996 VETSVILLE CEASE FIRE HOUSE received a grant from the Episcopal Church at Bethesda By The Sea for property to be used as family housing.
VETSVILLE CEASE FIRE HOUSE IS A TEMPORARY HOME providing food, clothing and shelter for homeless veterans and their families while the Veteran is assisted in re-entering the job market leading to a productive life. United States Honorably discharged Veterans comprise one third of the homeless population in America.
At VETSVILLE CEASE FIRE HOUSE, the veteran receives the benefit of a peer group family unit with additional support from volunteer professionals, thus aiding him/her to accomplish self established goals while the professionals help pave the way by coordinating with other existing services and do so without duplication of cost or services provided. These true American Heroes do not seek charity, however we do not intend to turn our backs on them again, as we once did following Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Wars. We owe them. They owe us nothing. These once proud, eager and willing teenage kids went where told and did America proud with their undying service.