DENVER (Sept. 6, 2016) — The Veterans Community Living Center (VCLC) at Homelake will celebrate its 125th anniversary of caring for America’s heroes from the Civil War to Desert Storm from 46:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8.
The event will feature local and state officials speaking about the historical significance of the facility and its care for veterans, their spouses and Gold Star parents throughout the San Luis Valley.
Media is invited to tour the Homelake Museum, take historical tours of the property, and interview facility leaders, legislative officials and other honored guests. A welcome message and presentation kick off the program at 4:45 p.m.
Light refreshments and seasonal beverages will be served.
“Homelake is the oldest veterans’ home in the state,” said Aaron Termain, VCLC Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services. “Its 125 year mission is a testament to the unwavering commitment the people of Colorado have made to support our nation’s service members. That commitment continues today and onward.”
In the late 1880s, Gov. Alva Adams requested a hospital be built for the care of Colorado veterans. Shortly after his announcement, two Monte Vista farmers donated land for the “Colorado State Soldiers and Sailors Home.” A combination of barracks, hospital and cemetery was completed, dedicated to Civil War veterans and opened for occupancy on Nov. 2, 1891.
A commander’s home and main barracks soon followed, along with an administration building, greenhouse, and the first cottages, which were completed by 1907. Multiple renovations have occurred in the more recent past, adding new cottages, an activity center, laundry facilities, a museum, and more.
Over the years, Homelake continues to provide both long and short term care, as well as assisted living services for veterans and their families. The facility has served tens of thousands of patients since the intake of its first patient in 1891.