WCU veterans help feed fellow veterans in Asheville

WCU Student Veterans Association members Jeremy Mulloy (right) and Dylan Gahagan share laughter and tears as they dice onions with fellow volunteers in the Veterans Restoration Quarters kitchen.

WCU Student Veterans Association members Jeremy Mulloy (right) and Dylan Gahagan share laughter and tears as they dice onions with fellow volunteers in the Veterans Restoration Quarters kitchen.

Six members of Western Carolina University’s Student Veterans Association traveled to Asheville recently to provide volunteer services at the Veterans Restoration Quarters, a 246-bed facility that serves veterans who are in need of transitional housing.

The WCU students who visited the facility Friday, Feb. 12, to work in the kitchen with other volunteers and Asheville-Buncombe-area veterans are Emma Albrecht, a freshman psychology major; Joseph Amon, a graduate student in project management; Dylan Gahagan, a freshman criminal justice major; Stephanie Otto, a freshman emergency medical care major; Annika Schauer, a graduate student in business administration; and Jeremy Mulloy, a graduate student in public affairs.

“It was great seeing these young men and women giving back to the community like this,” said Brian Wood, certifying official in WCU’s Office of Military Student Services.

The volunteers helped cook a three-course meal for the facility’s residents. “Giving back to people who truly need and deserve it – now, that’s something I can really get behind,” Gahagan said.

In addition to meals, the Veterans Restoration Quarters provides transportation to the VA Medical Center and to jobs in downtown Asheville. The goal of the facility is to move residents from homelessness to positions of self-sustainability. Since opening its doors in 2008, the facility has essentially wiped out homelessness among veterans in the city.

For more information about the Student Veterans Association, contact the Office of Military Student Services at 828-227-7397.