Robin’s Home sets opening date for new veterans resource center

Veterans HEART Resource Center

William Pitts – Eagle Staff Writer February 28, 2024

Veterans HEART Resource Center
The founder and executive director of Robin’s Home, Mary Chitwood, who is an Army veteran, is ready to help veterans who may call or stop at the new Veterans H.E.A.R.T. Resource Center. Ed Thompson/Butler Eagle

Robin’s Home, a veterans’ support organization started in 2019, is on the verge of launching its new Veterans’ H.E.A.R.T. Resource Center on Main Street in Butler.

In a news release, the organization set an opening date of Friday, March 8. The opening “heartwarming party” ceremony will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

“This event marks not only the opening of a new facility, but also a renewed pledge to support our veterans and active military members,” wrote Mary Chitwood, Robin’s Home founder, in a news release. “As a proud member of the Robin’s Home family of services, the Veterans H.E.A.R.T. Resource Center is dedicated to creating an environment that nurtures growth, healing and connection.”

The new resource center will functionally replace the agency’s former thrift store and donation center on Main Street, which closed earlier this month. According to Robin’s Home’s website, the decision to close the thrift store was made to allow the organization to better focus resources.

“We just wanted to reorganize our organization to meet our mission, which is to serve veterans in our community and to create programs and resources that are currently in our community to serve that population,” Chitwood said.

While Robin’s Home mainly focuses on serving female veterans through its supportive housing program, the veterans’ resource center will target veterans of all ages.

Among the features of the new center are a recreation room, a computer lab, a donation room for clothing and nonperishable items, and a conference room to hold support group meetings.