Alpha Omega Veterans Services (Memphis, TN)
We are dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, mental, and social needs of homeless veterans to assist their restoration to financial and residential stability and productive, fulfilled members of society.
American Legion Veterans Housing (Jewett City, CT)
TALVHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for veterans. We have architectural plans to renovate our 19th century, four-story American Legion LaFlamme-Kusek Post 15 building and to add on an additional building to provide a total of 18 single-unit dwellings.
American Red Cross
Asset Building Network (Houston, TX)
Asset Building Network’s mission is to build and restore individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through the provision of case management services including advocacy, counseling, education, employment/job skills training, financial assistance, information and referral to community resources.
To find solutions to problems that affect today’s families in areas of crisis, broken families, disaster, divorce, loss of loved ones, substance abuse, and to promote self-sufficiency and wholeness. Clients are connect to resources to assist with rental and utilities assistance.
Description of programs and services provided by agency: We identify the needs of the individuals or families and coordinate referrals or services in the community to meet their needs. Other services we provide to our clients include: temporary housing assistance program for ex-offenders, and information and referral.
Bridging the Gap of Georgia
Our organization, established in 2011, Bridging The Gap is a 501(c)(3) foundation that is dedicated to assisting our veterans. BTG works DIRECTLY with the veterans on a one-on-one basis - we're NOT a call center. No one in our organization collects a salary - everyone works on a volunteer basis. We don't just listen to their stories and tell the veterans where to go get help; WE ARE THE HELP. We provide food, and shelter, and educational assistance DIRECTLY to as many veterans as we can afford to. There is no long, tedious, confusing application process for them. If we have the space available in one of our residential centers, the veteran is invited to come live at one of those centers that very same day.
BTG believes that it takes the COMMUNITY not the GOVERNMENT to take care of our veterans.
Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program
The Dignity Memorial® Homeless Veterans Burial Program provides dignified burial services for eligible homeless and indigent veterans to ensure they receive the honors in death that their service in life merited.
Founded upon the belief that every veteran deserves a dignified and honorable burial, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program is a cooperative effort among Dignity Memorial funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, local medical examiners, coroners, veterans advocates and veterans organizations.
Through the program, homeless and indigent veterans who have no family to claim them are identified and provided with a proper military burial. Dignity Memorial providers supply preparation of the body, transportation, clothing, casket and coordination of the funeral service. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides eligible veterans with the opening and closing of the gravesite, a grave liner, a headstone or marker, a graveside ceremony and burial in a National Cemetery.
East Bay Standown (East Bay, CA)
The East Bay Stand Down is a consortium of community organizations coming together to provide a four-day event every other year that bring together the nine-county homeless and at-risk military veterans living in the Bay Area of California, connecting them with a variety of services to meet their needs.
Final Salute Inc. (Female veterans - DC, Maryland, or Virginia (DC Metro area)
The mission of Final Salute Inc. is to provide homeless female Veterans with safe and suitable housing.
The H.O.M.E Program provides transitional housing and housing subsidy assistance to homeless female Veterans and their children. The H.O.M.E Program focuses on integrating Veterans back into their local communities and providing vast, safe residential areas to choose from. Our H.O.M.E Program is a collaboration with our resource partners that includes targeted supportive services to assist female Veterans in reaching their goals.
The purpose of S.A.F.E is to prevent homelessness by easing financial hardships.
S.A.F.E will provide rent, deposit and utility assistance to all female Veterans and U.S. military reserve component service members via an interest free loan.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is expanding its capacity to serve veterans and active military as homeowner partners and volunteers. In cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Habitat is developing a Veterans Initiative. CNCS will strengthen and expand its local efforts and develop resources that support local Habitat affiliates’ veterans programs. The goal is to better serve veterans and active military.
From coast to coast, military veterans and active military personnel are pitching in as Habitat volunteers, sometimes building for fellow vets or active military, sometimes for civilians. This partnership ― between the country’s biggest builder of simple, decent, affordable housing and those who have served or are serving their country ― is growing.
Homes for all Veterans (Colorado, Southern Wyoming)
Homes for All Veterans provides a wide range of services designed to promote housing stability and alleviate chronic homelessness. Services include assistance with:
- Finding temporary shelter and permanent housing
- Obtaining VA and other public benefits
- Rent, utilities, and food needs
- Legal and financial planning services
Interfaith Community Services (Oceanside and Escondido, CA)
Through offices in Oceanside and Escondido, the emphasis of the Veterans Services Division is assisting clients to gain stable income and permanent housing. Any veteran who did not receive a dishonorable discharge is eligible for services. With the help of trained staff in several targeted programs, clients work to eliminate barriers to employment and self-sufficiency. Clients receive a thorough assessment of their needs to create an individual service plan. Progress in meeting goals of the plan is continuously monitored by their case managers.
Here is a basic listing of services that may be included in an individual services plan:
- placement (for men and women) in a transitional residence
- on-site psychological therapy
- workshop sessions to improve basic life skills and combat alcohol and drug abuse
- assistance in accessing health programs and other benefits provided by the VA
- limited financial assistance for transportation and basic personal needs
Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas (North Carolina, South Carolina)
About one-third of all adult homeless people have served in the U.S. armed forces. Some may be disabled or may have a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder or other combat related illness making it difficult to find consistent work and housing. To address the need for quality housing, LFS Carolinas provides shelter for homeless veterans through transitional facilities in North and South Carolina.
The program includes employment and benefit assistance, transportation to and from medical appointments and job interviews, counseling, re-integration into the community and support from local faith groups. The objective is to transition the veterans to independent living as soon as possible. Follow up services will be given to the veterans by our own trained staff, as well as partner organizations.
- Kinard Manor – Greenwood, South Carolina
- Angels House – Columbia, South Carolina
- Faith Farm – Dallas, North Carolina
Madison Street Veterans Association (Phoenix, AZ)
A peer-run group of homeless and formerly homeless veterans offering personal, individualized service, basic resources, community and advocacy for all veterans.
Meals of Honor
It is our mission to honor every veteran of the United States Armed Forces. We do this by providing highly nutritious, vitamin enriched meals to their brothers and sisters in arms during their time of need. Our desire is to show every veteran that they have captured the heart of a grateful nation. We will continue this mission as long as we have hungry heroes. We don’t just serve those that served…we nourish them.
Military Missions in Action Fill the Footlocker Program (North Carolina)
Fill the Footlocker consists of two programs.
- The first program supports active-duty service members and military working dogs serving in combat zones.
- The second program supports our ever rising number of homeless veterans.
Working within the community, MMIA collects items for both programs. Once items are collected, a community pack-n-ship event is held to prepare items for shipment overseas. Items collected for homeless veterans are distributed at the numerous homeless veteran stand-downs held within the state.
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV)
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) is a nonprofit organization that has been assisting veterans for over 25 years. Each year MACV receives more than 25,000 contacts, inquiries, and requests from veterans across the state. In 2013, MACV comprehensively served 1,785 veterans and their families throughout Minnesota who were homeless or experiencing a crisis that could lead to homelessness – and the need for services continues to rise.
National Center on Family Homelessness
The National Center on Family Homelessness is a leader on Veterans issues, with an emphasis on women Veterans and Veteran family homelessness. We apply knowledge of military cultural competency, behavioral health issues, trauma-informed care, interpersonal violence to address Veterans' housing instability, food insecurity, and employment. We develop and provide innovative online resources, training, technical assistance, project management and research.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
If you are a homeless veteran or a veteran at risk of becoming homeless, these pages provide information that you can use to seek help. They include addresses, phone numbers and websites to find out about services, programs and other help that is available.
New Directions provides a wide variety of services for homeless veterans, including job training and placement, parenting and money management classes, legal and financial assistance, counseling, remedial education and resources for alumni. Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life-altering - and for many veterans, life-saving. New Directions is a licensed, long-term drug and alcohol treatment program founded by three formerly homeless veterans. It has provided food, shelter, and rehabilitation since 1992 and provides services to more than 800 homeless veterans a year through four locations.
New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers
Our mission is to respond to the needs of veterans, with focus on those who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis, through the provision of quality employment training, housing and supportive services based on a Continuum of Care.
Founded in 1993 by Vietnam Veteran Alex McElree, we offer a HAND-UP not a HAND-OUT approach, building community among vets and encouraging community outreach and support. Our services cover the continuum of the homeless situation, including a mobile outreach program.
Operation Renewed Hope Foundation
Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (ORHF) is a charitable veteran-led organization headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Our mission is to provide quality housing and supportive services to America’s homeless veterans. There are approximately 68,000 veterans living in transitional shelters or on the streets. These veterans served our great country and preserved our freedom. ORHF and its 20+ member volunteer team are determined to help these men and women secure homes for themselves and their family members.
ORHF works with the Department of Veterans Affairs and fully supports their goal of ending Veteran homelessness by 2015. General Shinseki stated “Our homeless veterans are counting on us to bring urgency to this fight.” Please join us in this fight.
Our Home Transitional
Our Home Transitional plans to provide various types of assistance to female veterans (i.e. job training and placement, educational training, home placement assistance, and mental and physical healthcare) through other local and national organizations in efforts to help them transition to self-sufficiency in civilian society. These programs will be offered by Our Home Transitional, along with our partnering organizations, such as the VA, HUD, CMH, SV MAP, Workforce Development, Cars4Vets, MI Talent bank and many more!
Our Home Transitional will deliver a unique family style environment not offered by any other housing placements in our area. We can also create an opportunity to revitalize and beautify the city of Flint, Michigan. Our goal is to obtain several abandoned or foreclosed homes within a one or two block area, and some in rural locations. This will give our residents a choice of a city or country setting during their time of transition.
Pennsylvania American Legion - Housing for Homeless Veterans
In 1988, Pennsylvania American Legion Housing for Homeless Veterans Corporation purchased four town houses on Cypress Street, Moon Township in Allegheny County. The concept is simple — provide a safe,clean, stable environment for the participant while he/she completes schooling, job training and becomes adequately self sufficient to seek permanent housing in the surrounding community.
The Cypress Street Project quickly received national attention and has served as a basis for many similar projects in the Pittsburgh area and throughout the country.
Primavera Foundation - Project Action for Veterans
Project Action for Veterans provides housing support services and temporary financial assistance to veterans and veteran families that are facing eviction or homelessness. Services are aimed at addressing barriers that threaten the vet’s or veteran Family’s housing stability. The program acts as a resource liaison connecting veterans to public and community resources that are vital to a better quality of life.
Project H3 Vets (Arizona)
Project H3 VETS is a special initiative based off Project H3 and the 100,000 homes campaign to house chronically homeless veterans. Project H3 VETS will use the Vulnerability Index Survey to prioritize the mostmedically vulnerable homeless veterans living on the streets in the Phoenix Metro area. The project will utilizethe HUD-VASH supportive housing program to provide permanent housing and supportive services which includes case management, social support, and mental health services to chronically homeless veterans.
Currently the process to house a chronically homeless veteran in the HUD-VASH program is an average of 126 days. Project H3 VETS will work with community partners, navigation teams, and Local, State, and Federal agencies, utilizing the process/practices learned during Project H3 to house chronically homeless veterans in a quarter of the time.
Millions of U.S. veterans are in desperate need of repairs and adaptations to their homes. Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing was created to meet the growing needs of veterans from past and present wars. Rebuilding Together fills the gaps in modifications and repair services that retired and active service men and women struggle to meet. In partnership with corporate sponsors, Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing strives to provide safe and accessible housing for all low-income veterans.
Restoring Hope Community Services (Perris, CA)
Welcome to Restoring Hope Commuity Services, Inc. We are a non-profit organization. We are a faith-based organization established in 2006. Our vision is to create and establish housing for homeless veterans, pregnant teenagers, run-away teenagers; in addition to a women and children shelter for abused and domestic violence victims.
The first phase of our vision is to build a community living facility for veterans that are homeless up to 24 months. Thus, the new facility will house up to six men at a time. We are committed to providing room and board to assist in helping them establish a new beginning with support services and programs provided by Loma Linda Veterans Administration. To find out how you can volunteer with Restoring Hope Community Services - send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soldier On’s mission is expanding. We have been assisting homeless veterans since 1994. Now, however, we are moving beyond simply offering a response to veteran homelessness to providing a permanent solution. With our Veterans Village projects, we will offer formerly homeless veterans a chance to own their homes — more often than not for the first time in their lives. Our work still begins with getting homeless veterans off the streets.
Stand Down, owned & operated by Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Inc. (FHLC, Inc.), assists male veterans who are struggling and have lost their homes and ability to lead productive lives due to combat and non-combat related mental and physical wounds/illness, addictions, and/or other issues regain their independence and lives through transitional living, a multi tiered program, and collaboration with government agencies, VSOs, and the community.
Steps N Stages Jubilee House (Fayetteville, NC)
Our agency will provide transitional housing and permanent housing for women veterans. This house length of stay is determined on an individual basis depending upon circumstances and requirements. For women veterans and their dependents. Services and support provided will include:
- Job Search Assistance/Referral
- Transitional Housing for Homeless Veterans
- Assistance with Discharge Upgrades
- Financial Literacy Classes
- Transportation to VA for medical care and treatment
- Peer counseling and support groups
And above all, compassionate care and consideration for the daughters of our nation.
St. Jude's Veterans Center (Land o Lakes, FL)
The mission of St Jude’s Veterans Center is to bring hope, direction, information, relief and the promise of a better tomorrow to our veterans and their families. We extend a helping hand to enable to attain a new direction in their lives, helping to provide a new sense of purpose and meaning as we help treat the whole person. The primary focus is to enable and empower veterans and their families by giving them the tools and support mechanisms to continue to be productive citizens to society.
Support Homeless Veterans
Created in 2011 to combat the growing epidemic of homelessness among American veterans, Support Homeless Veterans (SHV) is devoted to bringing quality of life to these forgotten heroes.
Our supported housing program combines holistic care with classical military camaraderie to join veterans together as a family. Motivated and supported, SHV provides opportunities for veterans to become part of a philosophy to support disadvantaged veterans and prevent homelessness for future generations.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) - VA
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program is a new VA program that awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who will provide supportive services to very low-income Veterans and their families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. The grantees will provide a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability.
Swords to Plowshares
War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans.
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to more than 1500 homeless and low-income veterans annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.
Swords to Plowshares is the only veterans service agency in the United States that provides a full continuum of care. We help vets, as well as families of vets, in the following areas:
Health & Social Services - Swords to Plowshares’ drop-in center provides emergency shelter, mental health services and referrals to homeless veterans.
Housing - Swords to Plowshares’ residential programs provide housing, rehabilitation and counseling to veterans in need.
Veterans Academy - At Swords to Plowshares’ Veterans Academy, formerly homeless veterans can live in a supportive community.
The Guardians Foundation Banner Program
We are proud to introduce our hallmark project, The Guardians Banner. This is a simple tool that anyone can display to not only show their support for our veterans, but take it one step further and let people know that they actually provide assistance to the veterans of their community. This banner can be displayed on homes, churches, businesses or anywhere else a veteran might go to seek aid.
By taking ownership of this banner, you will provide assistance to a disenfranchised homeless veteran. With selfless service, you will provide one or more of the key pieces to help these men and women navigate their lives back to mainstream society.
The New England Center for Homeless Veterans
Our mission is to assist veterans who are homeless, unemployed, or underemployed with the tools to move toward self-sufficiency.
The school accomplishes this mission by providing veterans with necessary training and job skills to obtain and retain competitive employment in today's ever-changing market. To meet our goal, the Veterans Training School partners with local businesses to provide apprenticeship and entry-level positions to our graduates. Together with educational institutions, we offer certificate and degree-seeking programs.
United States Veterans Initiative
The United States Veterans Initiative is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of services to veterans facing challenges in their transition to civilian life.
Their mission is the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.
U.S.VETS is the largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services for veterans in the country. With eleven sites across the country, U.S.VETS provides housing, employment assistance, job placement & counseling to over 10,000 veterans and their families every year.
Upstate Stand Down (South Carolina, North Carolina)
Stand Down represents a unique, community-based response to a human need not being met by traditional means. Stand Down is a community of volunteers and participants brought together in a spirit of caring and respect to inspire the hope and invigorate the will of homeless veterans, veterans at risk for homelessness and veterans in need. The major goal is to provide a vast array of opportunities, services and warm, inviting person-to-person contact so each veteran can muster the individual, internal energy and initiative needed to renew and/or rebuild his or her life. Changes in individual lives, as well as community awareness and commitment, are the most enduring outcomes of Stand Down.
U.S.VETS is the largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive services for veterans in the country. With eleven sites across the country, U.S.VETS provides housing, employment assistance, job placement & counseling to over 10,000 veterans and their families every year.
Since 1993, U.S.VETS has empowered homeless and at-risk veterans to attain their highest level of independence, with specialized assistance to post-9/11 veterans, female veterans and veteran families.
Over the last twenty years, U.S.VETS has innovated programs such as ADVANCE, one of the first programs to address sexual abuse in female veterans, and Outside the Wire, which offers preventative & early mental health treatment to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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VEO of Georgia
VEO of Georgia accepts homeless veterans from the streets of Atlanta into our unique and effective Rapid Rehousing-to-Permanent Housing program. We are here to help our homeless heroes regain their dignity and become self-sufficient again.
Veterans Assistance Foundation
The Veterans Assistance Foundation operates programs designed to assist homeless or at risk of becoming homeless veterans maintain or improve their status in society by providing a safe and secure environment through which they can access a wide array of human services. The focus of these programs is to assist homeless veterans with the services that have prevented them from becoming re-established in their communities.
It is the focus of the VAF to: "Transition homeless veterans (or those veterans at risk of becoming homeless) into society’s mainstream. This will be done by assisting them to obtain meaningful employment and subsequently, safe, decent, and sanitary housing." Our programs do not provide emergency shelter.
Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP)
Established in 2011, the USA Homeownership Foundation, Inc. DBA Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness, and economic opportunity for the active-military and veteran communities.While our focus is on the active-military and veteran communities, our services are also offered to eligible low-to-moderate income (LMI) families. Our doors are open to all that want to realize the American Dream of homeownership. VAREP and its members represent and work within all sectors of the real estate, housing, and financial-services industries.
As a housing non-profit for vets, by vets, our success is measured not by a balance sheet for shareholders but by how many lives we can improve through our programs and services. Our proactive stance--providing financial-literacy education and advocating homeownership--may not end the epidemic of homelessness among the veteran community, but can prevent it from happening in the future, one veteran at a time.
Veterans First (Orange County, CA)
For over forty years, our goal at Veterans First has been to honor every brave man or woman who has served this country by helping to restore dignity to those whose sacrifices defending the freedoms we cherish have left them in need. Every person who raises their hand and takes a pledge to defend our country is a hero. Until there are no American heroes sleeping in the streets, in cars or in alleyways, we will be there for them just as they were there for all of us.
Veteran's Helping Veterans Now (Longmont, CO)
Providing free services for veterans and families in Boulder County, CO. Our mission is to build healthier lives for veterans and their families, reaching out to those who would not be reached, honoring those who served.
VHVnow offers four types of programs, largely delivered by veterans and family members:
- Scheduled programs include four ongoing support groups facilitated by licensed therapists – for veterans with PTSD/Addiction issues, for veteran volunteers, and for women with a military connection. The alcohol-free drop-in center is open week days and many Sundays where veterans and family members come to relax, watch TV, use acomputer, and socialize. Acupuncture, massage, mindfulness training, and frequent social events are available for veterans and family members.
- Educational opportunities such as The Veteran Family Talk Series are open to the public, and address PTSD, TBI, Suicide Prevention, Alcoholism and Secondary Trauma. VHVnow also uses radio, newspaper and television interviews to reach the public. We recently created a DVD on “PTSD and TBI Awareness” for the justice system.
- One-on-one support involves a volunteer assisting an individual client. Examples include visiting clients in jail or at a homeless day shelter, driving veterans to the V.A., or helping a mother or spouse cope. Our veteran volunteers are not professional counselors or therapists; they are good listeners who will understand.
- Referrals include the many inquiries that VHVnow receives that become referrals to the V.A., to a benefit officer, to a homeless shelter, etc. The clients receive extensive support (in person and by phone or emails) that increases their likelihood of follow-through.
Veterans Inc. is a national leader in ending homelessness among veterans. We have one of the highest rates in the nation – 85% – for transitioning veterans out of homelessness.
Headquartered in Massachusetts, Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England. Since 1991, we have helped more than 40,000 veterans and their families. Operations are expanding further into New England and beyond in our goal of eradicating homelessness among veterans.
Veteran's Life Changing Services (NW Indiana, Illinois)
Veterans Life Changing Services, Inc. (VLCS) is a Transitional Housing Program of Each One Reach One Child 501(c)(3) Corporation. It is specifically designed to assist Northwest Indiana and Illinois service men and women in their transition back into civilian life.
VLCS is helping to create a Veteran community in Northwest Indiana and Illinois that provide stabilized housing support services that increase education and job skill levels of Veterans and promote greater self determination. Currently we assist homeless veterans in Northwest Indiana and are expanding housing opportunities in Indiana and Illinois. Northwest Indiana , Lake County Veteran population is 38,887. Our homeless count in our communities range from 15.7% on any given night. Our program is comparably unique to local shelter services which target Northwest Indiana and Illinois high population of homelessness to feed and shelter people overnight with no support services. Each One Reach One Child has the experience of helping homeless veterans obtain these objectives. Our services target male and female veterans and their families to offer safe holistic productive lifestyles.
Many communities lack funding for veterans assistance programs and housing is no exception. The Veterans Administration estimates that 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Over the course of a year, approximately twice that many experience homelessness. We can give back to our veterans and thank them for their service by making sure we do our best, so that they never have to spend another night on the street.
Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for Veterans Project, which is a nonprofit organization that provides homeless veterans and at risk to-be homeless veterans a permanent residence.
Veterans Village of San Diego
With five locations throughout San Diego County, VVSD is the only program of its kind in the United States.
VVSD provides a Continuum of Care with a full range of comprehensive and innovative services for military veterans for: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, Aftercare. "There is no finer program for homeless veterans in America than VVSD." Pete Dougherty, national Director of VA Homeless Programs. "VVSD sets the bar," and is the "gold standard of transitional veteran housing." James Nicholson, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs
VVSD extends assistance to veterans in need and their families by providing:
- Job Training and Job Search Assistance
The Vet Hunters Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and ending HOMElessness for all military Veterans/Families and individual Americans we meet.
Our vision is to prevent homelessness among military veterans/non-veterans and their families by restoring self-sufficiency and self-worth through comprehensive programs that provide: permanent housing, emergency shelter, substance abuse counseling, personal support/developmental services, job assessment referral and training, educational services and life-skills training.
Volunteers of America
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.
Grantees provide eligible veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:
- Personal financial planning services
- Fiduciary and payee services
- Housing counseling services
The Volunteers of America website lists their local offices that provide SSVF services.
Welcome Home (South Carolina)
Welcome Home is a transitional home for displaced veterans living in Spartanburg County and is operated by Operation Restoration CDC. Welcome Home provides shelter and case management for our veterans.
Veterans will be able to remain in Welcome Home for a length of twenty-four months while they begin rebuilding their lives. Each resident is required to develop specific and attainable life goals, seek and secure gainful employment and prepare to reintegrate into society.
Welcome Home staff collaborates with other programs under the Operation Restoration CDC umbrella, along with other community agencies, to provide job readiness training, employment assistance and advanced training through S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Veteran DVOP. The residents are also aided in applying for veterans' benefits, individual and group counseling, anger management, and drug and alcohol counseling through SADAC.
Through an "arms around" approach, we hope to transition our veterans to non-supported housing, restoration with family, and regained self-esteem.
A high school student volunteers at a soup kitchen to earn credit for his Civics class. He learns to see beyond his own world and is transformed through his interactions with the homeless, especially by a veteran named Jacques who is plagued by his wartime experiences in Rwanda.