The Veteran Village

James A. Peterson Veteran Village

The James A Peterson Veteran Village and SC Johnson Community Center are located at 1624 Yout Street, Racine, WI 53404. We house homeless veterans while supplying them with all the tools needed to break the cycle of homelessness and help them to once again become productive members of society.

Our program is much more than just a shelter for homeless veterans. We bring them into a welcoming, warm environment with all the amenities they need, including a full-sized kitchen, recreation area, showers, bathrooms, and a laundry room. In addition, they have their own unique tiny home which has a bed, small storage areas, a microwave, Keurig machine, refrigerator, and a television. A large part of the program is working closely with each resident to bring all the tools necessary for success and well-being. These tools include group therapy for PTSD and AODA, assistance with work search, Veterans benefit search, financial advice and guidance, and housing placement. We also offer alternative classes from cooking to yoga to art therapy. We want each Veteran to have a well-rounded experience so they may grow and adapt.


SC Johnson Community Center

The SC Johnson Community Center is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to Veterans living in the James A. Peterson Veterans Village. The facility includes male and female restrooms, a laundry room, four showers (two are handicap accessible), a full-sized kitchen with food pantry access (during normal business hours), a recreation area with pool table, two televisions, and a large L-couch.

At the Outreach, we do not want the tiny homes to be a place to hide. The goal of the Community Center is to encourage the Veterans to step out of their tiny homes and into a community setting where they can interact with one another to help with their transition from homelessness. With the access to the facility, skills training, and interaction with other Veterans we hope to complete our mission to assist homeless and at-risk Veterans strive for normalcy in life and end the homeless cycle.

37 thoughts on “The Veteran Village

    1. We do not have a set date for the next build of the tiny homes but we will add you to our list of volunteers so that we can notify you of upcoming opportunities. Thank you for contacting us!

      1. I have a property listed in the Dells that I think would be a good possibility for another Tiny Home project. W 14856 Hwy 16. MLS # 1812645. Please contact me if interested or w/questions. TY.

  1. We would like to volunteer our time to help out. 2 adults and 2 teenagers are willing to volunteer for 20 hours. Do you need us?

  2. This project looks fantastic. I would love to see this come to fruition. I would like to know more about this development, and possibly participate. I have two non-profit volunteer organizations that would likely be interested in helping and I have a private company that would gladly put a donation page on our website specifically for this development. Our website is being developed right now, so adding the extra page will not be difficult at all. Please contact me.

    1. When your website is up and running please contact Marc Pigeon in the office or via email at pigeon.vow@gmail.com so that he can forward you the donation links that we have available. Thank you for considering us for donations and volunteering!

  3. We would like to volunteer to help at the UAW building. I have 2- 16 year old young men and 2 grandparents. We can volunteer in the evening or on Saturday mornings.

    1. Hello Jim,

      We are always looking for volunteers to help with building the tiny homes and other events in the area. Please “Friend” us on Facebook where we keep our events up to date as much as possible. We are compiling a list of volunteers at this time. When we have events in the future, we will send out an email. We are having a food drive this coming weekend at The Piggly Wiggly on Washington Avenue starting at 9am if you would like to join us. Thank you for contacting us! We look forward to working with you in the future.

    1. Absolutely! You can drop it off at 1624 Yout St in Racine. We accept donations from 10-5pm Monday-Friday. Thank you so much!

  4. Hello My Name is Sgt. Rendon I am at RYOCF the youth facility in Racine every year we host a health Fair and we pick a organization to donate to this year we chose you at the James a Peterson Village we would like to be able to donate different Items for the houses like Hygene products and other things that you may have a list of products we can help with the fair will be held on 9/11/2017 we would like it if some one could come and represent the tiny house program. can somebody contact me at 262- 638-1999 monday thru friday between 7 and 3 pm we would like to help those in need in our community

  5. Homeless veterans need immediate regular housing with standard leases, privacy, and keys to locking doors; not these prison-like hell-holes that viciously slanders them as mentally ill, drug addicted, and full-blown alcoholics so the program Poverty Pimp operators can tap into government funding in the veteran’s names.

    1. We are truly sorry if our project came across as offensive and demeaning to our Veterans. Our goal is to ensure they have a comfortable place where they can keep their belongings, relax in, and call home. We are working with the resources we have (which does not include any federal funding) to get them off the streets and into a space that has all the amenities such as AC, heat, electricity, and Internet. They will also have 24/7 access to our Community Center which has a full-sized kitchen, laundry area, showers, and a recreation area to unwind and meet other Veterans.

      Furthermore, we have worked with many Veterans from all walks of life that use our Food Pantry and we stay far away from judgements. Just the same, none of our Veteran residents will be labeled to any extent. They are here to get a leg up in life and we are here to help them do just that.

      I truly hope you at least give us a chance and drop by our location to see what we have done. We are here from 10-5, Monday-Friday. 1624 Yout St, Racine, 53404.

      1. Hello Jim:
        Let me begin by Wishing You, your family and Staff a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
        My name is Donnie Lee and I am inquiring about gathering information regarding the SUCCESS of your Tiny HOME Village {s} for the Veterans in your area!!
        I live in the Greater CINCINNATI area of Norther Kentucky. The situation in my area of Homeless Veterans are STAGGERING!!!
        I am Hoping to invest my time and Energy to, in some way HELP these individuals that are living in our streets, under bridges and some actually losing their lives.
        I so BELIEVE that there are enouph Concerened and Caring PEOPLE here , that if I can reach them with an idea , they’d be more than happy to listen and take notice.
        Its a WONDERFUL project you have created and ANY AND ALL INFORMATION you can share, or information as to WHERE i can locate it… WOULD BE MORE THAN APPRECIATED!!!
        I hope to intensively study and PRESENT this IDEA {{WISH}} to the approprate State and County Offices by May or June of this New Year!!!
        GOD Bless you for All your doing to Give back to the VETERANS that risked their lives to protect ours!!
        They, of ALL People SHOULD NOT BE STRUGGLING to SURVIVE in Our Country!!!
        Sincerely and with a Hopeful Heart❤
        Donnie Lee Pratt

        1. We are happy to hear your are interested in starting this project in your area! Please fill out the contact us form and we can help you out from there.

  6. Can the veterans have a beer if they want, can the veterans have their girlfriend/boyfriend spend the night, can the veterans tell Veterans Outreach to mind their own business?

    1. As in most housing facilities, there will be rules in place. These rules are meant to keep the community strong, safe, and equally comfortable for all residents. If you have worked in previous housing facilities and seen certain regulations (or lack thereof) that really work, please feel free to send a message our way. We are always open to suggestions.

  7. I’m impressed that your association managed to do this without gov. help. The tiny homes are awesome. If I was in that situation I’d be thrilled for this opportunity, and living in a nice home that has everything you could need. Well done!

  8. I love the idea, a city location close to jobs is excellent!
    I’m a veteran and built my own tiny house on my farm. They are becoming quite popular, in particular for people who do not want to be in servitude to mortgage payments for years.
    A simple Google search on Tiny homes will demonstrate to the derogatory commenter above they are merely uneducated or ignorant…

  9. I am going to be starting a non-profit organization to help veterans, foster children and our community. I want to duplicate this wonderful endeavor. Can you please give me information on your project? Also interested in helping you.

  10. I am in awe of what you have been able to do for the veterans in your area. I’m in Orlando FL and this program is needed in every country of every state. I would like to duplicate your community here if possible. Where do I go to get information to get this started. I am not a builder but I am a daughter of a Vet, a sister to 2 Gulf War Vets and a mother of a Vet. Anything that I can do for all the Veterans have done would be my pleasure!! Well done sir, well done!!

  11. I am interested in replicating your project in Central Florida. Can you also send me information on the tiny homes and your program? Great job! Thanks!

  12. I have been to one benefit and also been to see the Great place you have built for our Vets. It is a great place to get a fresh start. Thank you , Will be happy to help more when can. Please keep me updated.

  13. I’m really happy that this is going on I have some items that I would like to donate wondering how we can get together on that

  14. I am an electrician from Chicago and we do a lot for veterans. I saw your project on Facebook, and I am curious how you started up? I would love to do the same here in Chicago.

  15. I would love to help with your next build.
    I served with the airforce and a member of my vfw here in my home town. We have helped the community with food drives and other events. I seen your video about building the homes . And thought I would and want to help and hopefully build more homes across are country

    1. Excellent! Please use the “Contact Us” form to send us your name, email, and phone number and we will add you to our volunteer list!

  16. People can do this and we should start a whole movement all over the USA with these being built and empty land or yards or acres anywhere that can be donated or purchased to continue this community. Maybe like the program that builds houses for families across America. Have young people help volunteer and teach building skills. Make a volunteer building program. I see this having a lot of potential you are the leaders. Thank you.

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