Angel Eggers

last updated 6/13/2018

Angel Eggers

Executive Director at Rock Valley Community Programs Inc

Location:
203 W. Sunny Lane Rd, Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
HQ Phone:
(608) 741-4500

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[hr] ROCK TOWNSHIP - You can see the scope of the project in Angel Eggers' face.
One moment, she beams thinking about the ways the new program will help people. The next moment, her face clouds at the thought of the people who need help. Angel Eggers -- Rock Valley Community Programs Eggers is executive director of Rock Valley Community Programs, which is located in the former Caravilla Nursing Home, 203 W. Sunny Lane Road, Janesville. This winter, Rock Valley plans to start a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Qualified veterans would be able to participate in the Housing 4 Our Vets program for up to 24 months. A safe place to live could be an island of stability for veterans struggling to re-adjust to life in southern Wisconsin, Eggers said. The adjustment is so difficult that some vets seek to return to active duty overseas, she said. Many veterans suffer from undiagnosed mental illnesses such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, she said. Self-medication for such illnesses can lead to addiction. It's a tough cycle that often leaves a veteran estranged from or unable to live safely with his or her family, Eggers said. "Hopefully just for a moment," she said. The veterans housing program would be separate from the residential re-entry programs the facility already runs for state and federal inmates. But the two programs will have many similarities, Eggers said. The veterans program would include assessments and treatment for addiction, mental illness or medical issues, Eggers said. Those programs and others already are available for the 85 corrections clients currently living at the facility, Eggers said. Volunteer opportunities would be available for people who want to support veterans, Eggers said. For example, volunteers could serve as drivers or mentors for veterans, she said. Staff and volunteers will raise the rest of the money, Eggers said. Local businesses including Welcome Home Interior, Marling Lumber and CCI already have donated the labor and materials for one room. Construction is expected to start Oct. 1. Rock Valley Community Programs has been located in the former Caravilla Nursing Home facility since 1999. Eggers said the non-profit bought the building in April. Mid City Development Corporation, a Hendricks Development Group's company, had owned the property. Changing from for-profit to nonprofit status really opened the door as far as programming is concerned, Eggers said. For example, veterans will be able to refer themselves for services, Eggers said. References also will come from public and private service organizations. Veterans could live anywhere in Wisconsin, Michigan's Lower Peninsula or northern Illinois, Eggers said. She anticipates most will be from Rock County. Some veterans don't admit they are veterans in order to avoid being stigmatized, Eggers said. Staff photo by Hillary Gavan From left, John Martin, a veteran in the Rock Valley Community Programs transitional housing program, speaks with Rock Valley Community Programs Executive Director Angel Eggers in front of the veteran's wing. Eggers said the program is designed to be transitional. Once legal, medical or other financial issues are worked out, the men make plans to either get a job or find a more permanent home. She said the veterans have been a mix. Some have had substance abuse problems or physical and mental health issues, while others have lost a job and found themselves homeless. She said since the wing opened in April, several men have found employment and left the program. On Monday, one of the men happily reported he had just found full-time employment. Eggers said there was an overwhelming response to the grand opening of Full Circle Furnishings on Saturday, and the men agreed. There are 13 beds open and Eggers said staff will be working to get more homeless veterans moved in soon in light of the changing weather. Beloit Daily News Eggers said the program is collecting winter coats, hats, gloves, hygiene products, laundry soap, towels, blankets and twin bed sheets.

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"We have a lot of contacts within the veterans system," said Angel Eggers, executive director of RVCP.
"We are using our contacts to locate vets to apply for the housing." Before the Hendrickses started the project, they asked if there was a need for single-family housing that is wheelchair accessible. "We asked our partners in the VA system, and the response is an overwhelming 'yes,'" Eggers said.

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