Our Facility

State-of-the-art facility

Designed to be an open and inviting space, our facility was constructed with state-of-the-art technology to accommodate a variety of disabilities. Our first floor features a large lounge for student veterans to study and interact with each other in a comfortable environment.

Lounge area at the Chez Veterans Center.  Couches a line wide windows, tables with chairs are spread around.  A book shelf separates the lounge and kitchen/dining area.

The kitchen was constructed to meet or exceed ADA compliance for physical disabilities. In addition, the kitchen is equipped with a projector and screen for teaching student veterans how to create nutritious meals during monthly dinners, as well as to help aid those who are re-learning to cook with a physical injury. Our students have greatly enjoyed using this space for Illini Veteran dinners and as a “refreshment spot” during finals week.

Center kitchen with two students standing and conversing around the kitchen sink.  The kitchen is ADA accessible, with wide spaces low hanging cabinets.

Our Counseling wing was designed to offer a quiet and private atmosphere for veterans and their families. It includes a visitor’s lounge, equipped with comfortable seating, a TV and DVD player, a sink, and a baby changing station. The wing also includes a group study room for students to gather informally or to conduct group therapy sessions. Finally, we also offer a Child Play Room to observe parent-child interactions, as well as to provide a safe environment for children to wait while their parent(s) receive counseling. Taken together, this wing provides several settings to conduct individual, group, couples, and family counseling and neuropsychological testing.

Waiting room in counseling wing with sofa and child table.

One of the highlights of our second floor is the gym, which offers a variety of equipment for all types of disabilities. Students who are registered with our Center are able to use this space at their convenience. In addition, physical therapy is offered through the Danville VA so that students do not have to travel frequently to receive this service.

Center gym with dumbbells', squat bench, ellipticals, and treadmills.

Our second floor also features an Academic and Career Center for Academic Lab and Career Workshops. This space also includes a computer workstation for students who need assistance with choosing and registering for courses and/or applying to jobs or graduate school. We also have a resource library, including information on resume writing, finding the right career, and applying to graduate school.

Center resident room with resident pictured playing guitar.  Room has a television on the wall, side table, twin size bed, window, and adjustable desk.

The fourteen residential units are located on the third floor and can accommodate a range of disabilities if needed. These suites and bathrooms provide state-of-the-art accessibility features, including a remote-controlled SureHands ceiling lift system in some rooms.

Are you interested in residing at the Center?

We are always taking applications to reside at the Center. If you’re interested in residing at the Center, complete a Residential Application and one of our status will contact you.

We are fortunate to be able to offer residential scholarships as a result of the stewardship of some of our donors. These scholarships are available throughout the year, but applications are reviewed during the Summer semesters. If you are/will be residing at the Center, please complete a scholarship application for the Scholarship Committee to consider you for this scholarship.