Nonprofit aims to get veterans outdoors next year with new grant

Source One Serenity focuses on veteran empowerment by coordinating recreational group outings.

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 5:01 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg nonprofit is making sure local veterans get out and enjoy the outdoors next year, in an effort to help improve their mental health.

Source One Serenity focuses on veteran empowerment by coordinating recreational group outings. 

However, staff said they received a $42,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs to take their program to the next level.

They’re planning walking, hiking and fly-fishing trips, and they said the grant will pay for transportation, fishing licenses and mental health support if needed.

“It’s about social comradery,” said co-founder Elena Lininger. “This is something that is so important because there are so many issues surrounding isolation, especially in rural settings.”

The program is in partnership with Neighborworks Umpqua and the Chadwick House in Roseburg.

Lininger said they hope to start the activities by the end of January 2021.

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