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Eddie Beard Vet House Chicago Transitional Living Environment Model Project

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United In Service (l-r) URB, inc. president Brian Urbanowski, United Relief Foundation president Frank Salato, EBVH Chief Kristina who will create easy to prepare recipes and health and wellness videos, EBVH staff Cheyenne who will engage veterans and oversee garden management.

Eddie Beard Vet House Project

~ Vegetable garden to engage EBVH housing capacity of 35 veterans and generate nutritious vegetables for feeding residents, and the creation of EBVH Chef Kristina recipes and videos.

Program Purpose

~ To provide veterans with an engaging environment and practical health and wellness tools.


~ Horticultural: Peaceful plant-rich environment offering stress relief and restoration surroundings that will create an opportunity to engage veterans with each other creating a sense of belonging and connectedness while providing a source of physical exercise and nutritious food

~ Holistic: Blending horticultural mental, social and physical benefits with wellbeing techniques that veterans can integrate into their everyday lives


~ Inner Voice | Project location: Eddie Beard Vet House | Support: Staff – Residents – Facilities – Dedicated Garden Area


~ Brian Urbanowski and URB, inc. | Financial support for garden material and management, and equipment and production of Health and Wellness videos.

United Relief Foundation and Inner Voice Chicago

2019 ~ Program development started at Eddie Beard Vet House Jackson Ave Chicago location

2019 Success Markers Achieved

~ Nutritious vegetables to feed 15+ veterans

~ Positive interaction with veterans

~ Veterans caring for garden

~ Veterans involving veterans

~ Value to Partner’s staff and services

2020 Program paused due to Pandemic

2021 EBVH new Chicago location Success Markers Achieved

~ Nutritious vegetables to feed 35+ veterans

~ Positive interaction with veterans

~ Veterans caring for garden

~ Veterans planting their own vegetables

~ Veterans involving veterans

~ Value to Partner’s staff and services

2022 Phase-2 Development

~ Blending of horticultural aspects and holistic wellbeing techniques into practical health and wellness tools for veterans

2023 Phase-3 Expansion

~ Program available to veterans support organizations that have made inquiries

About Our United In Service Partner Inner Voice - Eddie Beard Vet House

With the support of Inner Voice Chicago and the engagement of their Eddie Beard Vet House staff and veteran residents, United Relief Foundation's Eddie Beard Vet House transitional environment model project continues to reach our health and wellness program success markers.

Eddie Beard Homeless Veterans Housing Program / Vet House provides up to 35 male Veterans experiencing homelessness with a safe, comfortable environment where they can live for up to 24 months. Residents enjoy room and board, case management and supportive services as they prepare for the next steps on their journeys.

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