Winchester’s Journey Home for veterans gets new director


WINCHESTER, Ind. — Eldon Solomon, M.S., LMHC, LCAC, has been the new executive director of The Journey Home at 332 S. Main St., since November 2016.

The facility’s mission is to offer long term, residential, transitional housing center for alcohol- and chemically-addicted veteran men who are 18 years or older, and it recognizes that addiction is a long process that requires a strong support environment.

Solomon is a 1994 graduate of Kansas State University (KSU), Manhattan Kansas, with a master of science, Human Development and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy Program; and a 1991 graduate of Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo Utah, with a bachelor of science, Family Sciences.

He manages all of the administration operation of the 12-bed residential home, transitioning chronic homeless veterans into independent housing, and manages all clinical and case management operations of programs and services related to mental illness, medical Primary Care, VA and non-VA benefits.

Prior to coming to Journey Home, Solomon was regional manager at Meridian Health Services, Muncie, Indiana, in clinical services from June 2015-November 2016, and outpatient clinical supervisor January 2013-June 2015.

Even though he was not a veteran himself, he has worked with the veterans. He had worked for the Mental Health Network (MHN) as an independent contractor and was a Military Family Life consultant (MFLC); and worked for the Office of Secretary of Defense as a consultant for six years.

He said he also recruited to provide military and family life consulting services by directly assisting commanders, personnel, spouses, children and families on seven different Army and Air Force installations in five states and two continents.

He had also worked for the Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, and was a counselor for the Family Support Services in Winchester, Indiana.

Solomon also reported he networked and established local relationships to generate a marketing platform to launch a mental health clinic

He has been a board member of the Indiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy; The Journey Home, Veteran’s Transitional Care Home; and was appointed to the Winchester City Council, serving on it from the summer of 2010 to Jan. 1, 2012.

By Linda Moody

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