The Vetsville Mission

The Mission of Vetsville Cease Fire House, Inc. is to help homeless and hungry veterans by providing emergency residential lodging, food, clothing and employment opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, sex, or age; providing referral service and networking opportunities with human service, civic, and any other appropriate organizations and/or agencies, and working cooperatively within our communities to help our clients participate in society as responsible, productive, self-sufficient citizens. 


We currently operate a male Veteran only shelter in Boynton Beach, Florida.  


We will be opening a female Veteran shelter soon. 

The Facts - Why Today?

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Homeless Headlines

"Number of Homeless Vets rises for First Time in Seven Years" - Military Times, December 6, 2017


"Homeless Vets Rise in New Count" - The Palm Beach Post, March 19, 2018

     "Team finds 34.9% drop in chronic homelessness but 

         73.3% jump in homeless veterans, officials say."

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The Community

  • The average starting rent for a one bedroom apartment in Palm Beach County is $1,093.  
  • On average, only 27 out of 100 units needed for low income housing are available in Palm beach County.  Nationally, the average is only 35 out of 100.

About Us

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The Past 25 Years

  

Chris Noel founded Vetsville Cease Fire House, Inc. in 1993 as a Florida Not For Profit Corporation. Vetsville was created to provide food and shelter for homeless American Veterans. 


Vetsville opened their first shelter within walking distance of the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Riviera Beach, Florida in February 1993. Two months later, Vetsville expanded its facility to include the property next door. The Riviera Beach facility housed up to 25 homeless Vets per night. In May of 1994, Vetsville acquired the Boynton Beach property, which has housed up to 12 people every night since. In 1995, the City of West Palm Beach provided an apartment complex as well as a grant to improve the property. The MacIntosh facility housed 15 veterans a night. Vetsville currently operates the facility in Boynton Beach, receiving referrals from the Veteran Administration Hospitals in Riviera Beach and Miami.


In 25 years of continuous operation, Vetsville has (conservatively) provided more than 91,000 nights of sanctuary and hundreds of thousands of meals to homeless male Veterans. In our history, we have received a few grants, but the individuals and the Veteran Community have been our biggest supporters. 

Today & The Next 25

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Homeless Male Veterans' Shelter

Vetsville currently operates a homeless shelter in Boynton Beach, Florida, which serves single male Veterans with limited disabilities, in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Vetsville also provides two meals a day, lunch and dinner, while promoting self-sufficiency through meal preparation and clean-up. We also provide clothing, access to medical treatment at the VA Hospital, and employment opportunities, while providing referral services to other providers.

Homeless Female Veterans' Shelter

Vetsville is expanding its services by setting up a Women’s Homeless Veterans Shelter in the very near future.

Community Service Outreach

Vetsville is partnering with local high schools and Veterans’ Groups to assist our local communities.

Events

Vetsville is celebrating its 25th year of operation with an event in early November, 2018, and other festivities. Please check back soon for updates!

Real Estate

We need, are looking for, and would welcome facilities – residential, warehouse, office/retail, agricultural and multi-family. 

The Hope for the Future

We would like to close our doors.  Yes, we would, but we can only do so when there's no more need for our services.  We hope that day is soon!

Who We Are

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Chris Noel, Founder

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Allyson Timms, Program Development Director