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The Warm Springs Initiative aims to create a combined physical and vocational rehabilitation center for wounded veterans and civilians on the site of the “Little White House” used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The initiative is a partnership between the Georgia Warrior Alliance, the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute, Callaway Gardens, and several institutions of higher education, as well as some major corporations. The rehabilitation side aims to become a national facility for treatment of, and recovery from, serious neurological disorders. The vocational aspects will complement this recovery by offering practical instruction and work activities in a variety of fields including construction, landscaping, farming, and information technology. Another avenue for veterans to return to work is through an entrepreneurship program, supporting the incubation of veteran owned businesses. As the vocational side matures and expands into newareas, the campuses will grow to form a one shop stop, constituting one of the nation's first care-to-work programs. The campuses will be within driving distance of the Atlanta metro area and Warm Springs in particular is also conveniently located near Macon, Columbus, and Fort Benning. The centrality of this location allows it to service the needs for all 3 cities (where the majority of Georgia’s 75,000 homeless live), while also using military transportation to conveniently bring patients from all over the country. Funding will come from a variety of sources, including in-kind contributions from partner organizations, as well as cash donations from individual philanthropists. Finally, the project will leverage a four to one match from the Federal government for vocational programs for persons with disabilities.