GREENSBORO, N.C. — The non-profit group Disabled American Veterans helped find shelter for two homeless veterans.
Thursday night, Army veteran Kelly Rippy and Navy veteran Clifton Gray spent the night in a motel instead of the Greensboro streets.
Gray, who has been homeless for two years, had been living in a tent near Summit Avenue.
Rippy said he has been living on the street on and off for 34 years.
“It’s very helpful to have those that are willing to help you and assist in the footwork that’s required to make that happen,” Gray said.
Both Gray and Rippy have worked with the Disabled American Veterans group in Greensboro before, but after director Wanda Autrey heard their circumstances, she decided to help find them shelter.
“I had a goal set to make sure they would never have another night of sleep out in the cold,” Autrey said.
The DAV is an organization that relies heavily on donations to help veterans with financial benefits for their families, education, job training and transportation to VA clinics in the area.
Autrey said she is working with the Department of Social Services to find Gray and Rippy permanent housing after their week-long motel stay and job placement opportunities.
Since January, the DAV has assisted about 500 veterans. Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis said, at last count, there are 562 homeless veterans in the county.