THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dry Hootch Comes to Crivitz
Issue Date: April 4, 2019
The veterans peer support group known as Dry Hootch will be in Crivitz partnered with the Medical College of Wisconsin. Representatives of the organization are in the final stages of buying the former New Life Assisted Living building on Hwy 141 and Airport Road.
The organization runs six programs designed to help veterans back from combat reintegrate into civilian life by providing a safe setting in which they can relax and discuss issues important to them.
The concept originated 10 years ago by a small group of veterans who set up their headquarters in Milwaukee. The group currently operates in seven locations and Crivitz will be the eighth and smallest market. The name of the Crivitz facility will be "Veteran's Village".
The idea revolved around the creation of a retail coffee shop run by veterans which would also support an extended network of their families, and encourage vet interaction with the community in which they live and work.
"Hootch" is military jargon for a hut or safe place to sleep during breaks from combat. The term "dry" denotes the organization's mission to provide a social gathering place for veterans that is free of alcohol, one of the major problems plaguing vets of all eras.
From left are Phillip Deleon, Natasha Hanson, Crivitz American Legion, and Otis Winstead.