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      • 501(c)3 Non-Profit supported by private donations. No state or federal monies received.
Address:
880 Locust Street
Reno, Nevada 89502
United States
phone:
view phone775-324-6958
website:
VeteransGuestHouse.org
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Description

The Veterans Guest House provides United States Military service veterans and their families’ temporary overnight accommodations while they are receiving treatment at a medical facility in the Reno/Sparks area. This includes any hospital or medical facility in the area, long-term care facility, or dental facility.


Examples of who we serve:

Outpatients at any medical facility


Family members of veterans who are hospitalized


Immediate family members of veterans who are receiving medical care


Typically, our guests reside at least 35 miles away, are independent and able to care for themselves or have a caregiver present during the visit. Our guests must provide their own transportation and have a home to return to.


 The Veterans Guest House has been operating since 1994 and has served over 55,000 guest nights.


The Guest House serves all area medical facilities, hospitals and long-term care facilities. Not just the VA - The Veterans Guest House is not a part of the VA hospital. We are a private non-profit.


The Veterans Guest House has a long history as the best-kept secret in Reno. The “Home Away from Home” is the only facility of its kind in the country serving U.S. military veterans in the way it is done at the Veterans Guest House.


The House is privately funded and receives no government funding for its operations.


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In the early 1990s, veterans visiting the Veterans Administration Medical Center of the Sierra (VAMC) early in the morning noticed that windows of cars in the parking lot were fogged up. This meant only one thing—someone had spent the night in their vehicle.


One morning a woman was exiting one of these cars and the concerned veterans asked her about her situation. Her husband was in the ICU. She and her children had spent the night in their car because they had no other option. These veterans said “never again on our watch will this occur.” This is when the idea for the house began.


The Veterans Hospital Foundation received its 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in 1992. In 1994, the Reno “Spouse House” was opened. It would soon become apparent that veterans needed this support as well. The original 1935 bungalow located at the corner of Locust and Taylor (880 Locust Street) housed veterans and family members for the next ten years. It had 3-5 beds, depending upon the year, and prior to it being raised was providing 800-900 guest nights of lodging a year.


In 2002, the organization changed its name to Veterans Guest House, Inc. and in 2004, with the help of the community, a new 12-bed home was built. Usage grew and the house did, too. In 2012 a second house located adjacent to the existing one was opened bringing the bed total to 17. In 2013, occupancy numbers exceeded 5,200 guest nights. The two homes are basically full year round.



Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.