Aug 28 2021
MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – A local branch of a veteran-run cafe is moving to the heart of downtown Madison.
Rob Waite, a veteran and director of operations for Dryhootch Madison, says the move to the first floor of a new veterans apartment complex will allow the association to reach more Madison area veterans who have need a meaningful conversation over a cup of coffee.
“It’s a central place, it’s perfect for what we’re trying to accomplish,” Waite said.
This “spot” is in Valor on Washington. The 59-unit apartment complex will open in October and will house veterans and their families, as well as support services for veterans like Dryhootch.
“This will allow many families to have a safe place to connect with other veterans,” Wait said. “All of the peer groups and peer support that we are going to have and provide to families is invaluable.”
For Waite, peer support is personal. He says that in the 1970s and 1980s, and even after his deployment to Somalia, Bosnia and Haiti in the Marine Corps, services for struggling veterans were scarce. He has only been working with Dryhootch for two years but is enjoying it.
“Dryhootch has been able to give me a solid foundation and foundation to move forward and solve a lot of issues that I haven’t worked on before,” said Waite.
He hopes the new location will do the same for others.
“Come in, sit down, have a cup of coffee,” Waite said. “We don’t have to talk specifically about what’s going on. We can talk about anything that helps to relax and feel a little more comfortable.
The new Dryhootch site also opens in early October.
Copyright 2021 WMTV. All rights reserved.