Passageways receives $1,200 Helping Hand for helping homeless veterans

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WICHITA, Kan. A Wichita organization has spent the last five years quietly trying to provide homeless veterans a warm and safe place to get back on their feet.
Because it's changed lives, Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers decided to get give Passageways a Helping Hand.

It started five years ago when Jennifer Garrison heard about a veteran who died under a Wichita bridge.

"My family wanted to jump in and do something. We didn't want to see that happen again," said Garrison.

From that death she began Passageways, a non-profit organization trying to fill the needs of homeless veterans.

Passageways has a Wichita home that's able to house nine vets at a time, providing them a safe and free place to help them reach their personal goals, by giving them essential tools to help them live on their own, with their own roof over their head.

"Not our goals. What are your goals? And we help them reach those goals," said Garrison.

In the past half decade she and the other volunteers have had 60 previously homeless veterans complete their program. In total, they've served more than 25-hundred veterans.

The organization has several sheds filled with donated supplies meant to stock a program graduate's new apartment.

Lowes even donated a picnic table that's covered with comments of appreciation.

"This community, when given the opportunity to help a hero directly, absolutely embraces them. We've never seen anything like it," said Garrison.

Recognize all the good Passageways does, Eyewitness News and DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers surprised Garrison with a $1,200 Helping Hand.

"Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Thank you so much. That's going to make a huge difference for the guys. Oh my gosh, I can't wait to tell them. Thank you so much," said Garrison.

When Garrison met with Richard James, she told him this money will help her fulfill even bigger dreams to help female veterans and those with children.

"We're honored to present a Helping Hand to Passageway. We love what you're doing for the veterans and the homeless veterans in our community," said James. "Thank you so much for your help," said Garrison.

To learn more about Passageways, click here.