Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes
“The resources, support, compassion, and commitment that this organization exemplifies has provided me with the confidence necessary to enter my next phase in life.” – Female Soldiers Forgotten Heroes Resident
Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS:FH) is Connecticut’s first and only community-based transitional home exclusively for homeless female Veterans and their young children. Housed at the Nicholas A. Madaras Home, which opened in 2011, FS:FH provides ten beds for female Veterans and four beds, when available, for their young children.
Since opening in 2011, the program helps female Veterans by meeting their needs for a safe, secure home, adequate food, and by empowering residents to move forward with their long-term goals: obtaining permanent housing, achieving financial stability, and working toward greater self-determination. Each resident works with a Case Manager to develop personal, housing, and employment goals and is encouraged to participate in the Vocational and Education Programs. ABRI vocational staff coach residents in the job search process, including resume writing, interview techniques, computer training, and other life skills.
The PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home is named in tribute to a young soldier from Wilton, Connecticut. The organization Nick’s family and friends developed in his memory, Kick for Nick, was an integral part of making the vision for FS:FH a reality. Visit kickfornick.org to learn more about Nick Madaras, Kick for Nick, and the collaboration that has helped over 100 women Veterans regain their independence to date.
To learn more about our residents’ successes, visit our Stories page.