My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Veterans Outreach Center, Inc., Rochester, NY, USA
I was a resident at the Richards House for several months. Though I have been introduced to many resources, the top management treats us coldly. VOC might be a nonprofit, but everything is about money. I sometimes wonder if the donations have become more important than the veterans. Quite often the homeless vets at the Richards House are ordered to attend public VOC functions so we can be used as human advertisements for donations. Recently, Todd Baxter authorized the Richards House to be used as a training pit for Rochester police department's K-9 units. One day the police arrived and ordered the residents out of the house and commenced to search all the sleeping quarters. There was no explanation from the police or the VOC staff. Furthermore, there were no warrants. Does the 4th amendment not count if you are a vulnerable homeless veteran? Why didn't CEO T. Baxter have the police ransack his home, or one of the board members? Did management assume that because many of us suffer from mental disabilities (PTSD) , substance abuse and homelessness that we shouldn't have a voice nor basic rights under the constitution? Does the right to privacy under the 4th amendment not apply to us because we are too weak and desperate? Why should the veterans be exploited to benefit the establishment? Most veterans have been through hell and back... we came to you (VOC) for help, instead we became your pawns.