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Pro Bono Champion: David Robinson and the NC Veterans Life Center

June 7, 2018

For the last five years, David Robinson has been working on the Veterans Life Center (VLC), a 100+ bed facility for homeless and at-risk veterans, which will be the first of its kind. A design-build contract was signed in February, signaling the start of the construction phase for this state-of-the-art residential treatment facility in Butner, North Carolina. Upon completion, the VLC will work with at-risk 21st century veterans to help prevent them from falling into crisis which, among other things, can include chronic homelessness, incarceration, suicide or premature death.

NC is home to over 800,000 veterans and has the greatest number of active duty troops on the East Coast. Veterans account for approximately 7.2% of the population, but 20% of North Carolina’s homeless population. On average, five veterans commit suicide in this state each week. 

The VLC, financed by the largest Community Development Block Grant in the state’s history ($7.8 million) - negotiated by David - aims to not only treat but empower veterans to successfully reintegrate into society. Along with crisis rescue, the VLC, set to open in early 2019, will provide specialized counseling and skills/job training. 

In the formative years of this project, David’s donation of legal services sustained the effort. Even now, David regularly contributes several hours each week to making this worthwhile project a reality.  In the coming weeks, David will be working with the VLC on a July 10 fundraiser to take place in Washington, DC, where they expect to meet their hefty fundraising goal. Both US Senators from North Carolina, along with several additional members of Congress, will be in attendance.

Click here to visit the Veterans Life Center website and to make a donation. 

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