Army veteran Tangi Smith created a new program that will help assist former and current women in the military who are struggling. The program, Women Elevated, is a nonprofit organization that will be launched in Clarksville, Tennessee on January 12th.
The goal of the organization is to prevent homelessness, crisis, and job loss for women veterans. The services will include hot meals, laundry facilities, temporary housing, job placement, and classes in resume-building and credit-score building. Additionally, two professional counselors, a medical doctor, and a psychologist are available for the women and their families on-site.
“We saw a need for this,” Smith said, explaining that military women are taught to have pride and have a difficult time letting go of that pride when they find themselves in situations where they need help.
“A lot of women won’t ask for help,” she explained.
The program’s services are for middle-class clients – women who are struggling but aren’t already receiving assistance. The Clarksville facility has accommodations where up to 8 women can stay for as long as 5 days if needed, and its 2 classrooms can seat 10 students at a time.
Some men will also be served by the program as decided by the organization’s board of directors. Civilian women will also be welcome to use any of the resources, but the primary focus will remain on Women Elevated.
Smith herself is a resident of Clarksville, and a military veteran who retired in May after serving almost 21 years in the Army. She was stationed at Fort Campbell three times, her last stint beginning in June of 2015.
As of now, Smith is supporting her program solely through donations and will continue to accept monetary donations to help establish subsequent facilities in surrounding areas. She also suggests in-kind donations of items like cleaning supplies, detergents, and other things that can be used by the organization’s clients. In the future, she hopes to acquire grants to support Women Elevated.
The program is planning to open many other facilities throughout the country, such as a second facility in Hopkinsville within another three years and additional facilities in St. Louis; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Petersburg, Virginia; Columbus, Georgia; and Houston.
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