CDS wants to start group home for vets with PTSD in Penfield | News
Continuing Developmental Services Monarch wants to start a group home for vets with PTSD in a Penfield neighborhood but not all neighbors are on board.
CDS Monarch needed the Penfield Zoning Board’s approval of a new transitional group home in Penfield on Embury Road.
It is taking its program that treats veterans with PTSD and brain injuries to a new level but neighbors concerns prompted the Penfield Zoning Board to postpone action on this project until Tuesday night.
“I think they should find another place.” Pat Webb is talking about the veterans who will soon move into a home in Penfield.
Webb, who lives nearby, didn’t want to appear on camera but said she worries about the children who attend school on the other side of her house. “They have problems, mental problems. My concern is that one of them might go berserk or something like that. Don't know what's going to happen.”
CDS Monarch recently bought the home and it's being renovated for 12 veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.
“There's nothing to be afraid of. That's what we're fighting, the unknown, people don't know. They're afraid and we have to work with them through that and hopefully we all get to a better place.” Sankar Sewhenart is the president and CEO of CDS Monarch. He's so excited about this opportunity and wants to work with the neighborhood. “This house gives the guys the opportunity to be a family.”
And rebuild their lives while they heal. Something Mike Maglier of Webster is familiar with. “It's extremely tough. You come home, you don't have a job, you struggle.”
Maglier remembers coming home from Iraq in 1991 after serving in Desert Storm. He didn't suffer from any injuries but says it's really hard for the men and women who do. “It's tough. That's why these men and women deserve every chance they can get and need all the help they can get.”
The staff at the Rochester Christian School agree. Parents and staff had concerns until they spoke with the CDS Monarch staff.
Linda Cieminis said, “If there's a way we can support the men...the veterans and they can support us. Maybe we can learn from each other.”
The zoning board, armed with more information and before an audience of veterans, gave overwhelming approval.
Nucor House is about two months away from opening. It will be home to a dozen veterans at any given time.
News10NBC has learned they have to volunteer for the program, live independently and they can't have a history of violence. They will stay at the home anywhere from a week to six months.