ABOUT US

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

Lauren Andrade got the idea for Serenity Veterans Village, located in Waxahachie and Palmer, Texas, a decade ago when she was still a soldier.
“After getting back from Iraq in 2010, three of my fellow deployed soldiers became homeless within six months. I couldn't do anything to help them then, but now we can with the generosity of so many of you."

 

The mission of SVV is simple: provide housing and a hand-up, not a hand-out, to homeless veterans. Currently, we house Twelve - including three children. We help long-term, not just weekly or monthly.
We help long-term, not just weekly or monthly.

One family of four, and one family (veteran and his daughter) have graduated in the last two years.

 

Graduation means debts are cleared, working on credit while being employed and have moved into their own homes.
Veterans do not pay anything for 30-90 days, and most veterans do not have recurring debt. For example, SVV recently housed a Vietnam vet on full retirement who was Donating $250 a month, his maximum amount paid to SVV for utilities. He passed away on Thanksgiving. 

 

How Does A Vet Qualify?

A veteran qualifies to live at SVV by being homeless or at-risk. At-risk includes living week-to-week, having domestic issues, losing a job or facing eviction. 
They enter into the contract:

  • To work (or volunteer for Serenity) 20 hours a week


  • Sign contractual agreement to abstain from alcohol and drugs. 


  • They must show proof of service in any military. 


  • For surviving spouse/dependents, the death certificate of the veteran is sufficient.


 

A Glimpse  At the Current Homes:

The Waxahachie, Texas house is 1,210 square feet. It has three bedrooms, and each veteran’s door is lockable. The residents share a living room and kitchen. There is a house the same size and structure in Palmer, Texas. The yards are between 0.5 - 0.87 acres.
Child-friendly homes are foundation-built “tiny homes” and are approximately 600 square feet with three bedrooms.
Every house has a kitchen; bath; toilet; refrigerator; heat; air-conditioning; hot water and sleeping quarters.
All housing is shared unless the veteran has children. 
On intake, each new resident goes shopping. All items for veterans are new.
We have a thrift store to help make ends meet.
Anything that can be sold to the public, residents choose for free. This includes clothing, kitchen wares, bathroom supplies, pillows, blankets, etc.

 

Other Services Offered:

Serenity Veterans Village will supply the first month of food, when necessary. Most often, Veterans have access to food stamps and the county's 7 food banks. 
We provide access to training and job placement in all construction fields and assist with online education.

Currently, we have two cars available for sign-out, so the veterans can find jobs or just get around.
We have legal aid for all residents, as well as help filing applications for disability. We reach out to courts when there are legal issues, especially driver's licenses. Several veterans have lost theirs, and we work with the courts when they regain their ability to live.

 

Serenity Veterans Village Offers Veterans a 'Real Chance'
SVV operates on donations, fundraisers, and grants. For example, VFW Ennis and Chicken Express have held fundraisers. Recently, we were awarded a grant from the Veterans United Foundation.
In short, the best benefit from Serenity Veterans Village for veterans is "a real chance."

 

Do not be surprised when we take this program to the national level someday.
Each village (in all states) would be 100-plus acres, housing thousands. 
Each village would be self-sufficient. 
They would all include Aquaponic greenhouses, chickens, auto shops, restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops.
It gives real work experience to each veteran while keeping everything for the veterans practically free.
We would be open to the public - who pay for the items/services – but the veterans work for their provisions.

Serenity Veterans Village Offers Veterans a 'Real Chance'

SVV operates on donations, fundraisers, and grants. For example, VFW Ennis and Chicken Express have held fundraisers. Recently, we were awarded a grant from the Veterans United Foundation.

 

In short, the best benefit from Serenity Veterans Village for veterans is "a real chance."

 

Also, do not be surprised when we take this program to the national level someday.

Each village (in all states) would be 100-plus acres, housing thousands. 

Each village would be self-sufficient. 

They would all include Aquaponic greenhouses, chickens, auto shops, restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops.

It gives real work experience to each veteran while keeping everything for the veterans practically free.

We would be open to the public - who pay for the items/services – but the veterans work for their provisions.

Building a House

OUR STORY

Serenity Veterans Village Tiny Homes

A typical American home is approximately 2,600 square feet. The typical small or tiny house is a home with square footage between 100 and 600 square feet. They all enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space.
We welcome our Heroes
 
We provide our custom build tiny houses for veterans and their families as a place of comfort - stress-free with a peaceful view. 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Your support matters. Please donate, volunteer, or provide internships for our Veterans.

OUR TEAM

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