Veteran’s Resource Center Opens in Richmond

Secretary Peter J. Gravett, retired Major General of the California Department of Veteran Affairs; Rhonda F. Harris, Founder Veterans Resource Program; VISN 21 Deputy Network Homeless Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Health Administration Danica Bogicevic and VISN 21 Network Homeless Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Health Administration Roberta “Bobbie” Rosenthal celebrate Veterans Resource Program grand opening.

By Carla Thomas A new Veteran’s Resource Program that offers vets a place to socialize and find valuable services held a grand opening in Richmond, last Thursday. The program is located at t the corner of Harbor Way North and Maine Street in a roomy 2-story, 4-bedroom Victorian. “It’s a place where veterans will have access to computers, training programs, employment information through working with our program’s collaborative partners, and a location where the veterans can find vital resources that will assist them in applying for timely benefits available through the Department of Veteran Affairs,” said the program’s founder Rhonda Harris. Attending the grand opening were Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia and Secretary Peter J. Gravett, retired Major General of the California Department of Veteran Affairs. “We need these (houses) all over, because the federal and state government can’t do it all,” said Secretary Gravette. “We need to have a collaboration with private partners, and we need more facilities just like this,” he said. Secretary Gravette commended Harris for her efforts to open the new center.  “Rhonda is a dynamo, she gets things done, brings people together, and she has a passion for veterans,” he said.
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