Submitted by City of Lacey
The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) recently recognized the Lacey Veterans Services Hub with a 2020 Municipal Excellence Award. The City of Lacey was one of five cities statewide to receive the award, which honors creative approaches in municipal projects and programs that significantly improve the quality of life in communities. AWC’s membership includes all of Washington’s 281 cities and towns.
“This year’s projects demonstrate some of the ways that Washington’s city leaders are applying innovative solutions to their diverse needs,” said Peter B. King, AWC CEO. “I hope these will be a source of ideas and inspiration throughout the state.”
The Lacey Veterans Services Hub is a collaborative “one-stop” approach to providing essential Veteran services, and has rapidly expanded to include nearly 70 partners and providers. The comprehensive range of supportive services includes assistance with VA benefits, housing, employment, nutrition, education, healthcare, mental health, and legal aid — all within one unique location.
In 2019 alone, more than 7,000 client appointments were booked at the facility, with some Veterans arriving from 60 miles away. All services are provided free-of-charge, and no Veteran is turned away.
“This recognition means a great deal to the city and the scores of dedicated volunteers and service providers that make the Lacey Veterans Services Hub the outstanding community success that it is,” said Lacey Mayor Andy Ryder. “We in the greater South Puget Sound owe so much to the outstanding Veterans and Veteran family members who choose to remain here following service to our country.”
For more information, please visit the Lacey Veterans Services Hub website, or call 360-456-3850 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays.