“One of the marvelous things about community
to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals.
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people,even those in deep distress and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
What services do veterans need?
Homeless Veterans need coordinated efforts that provides secure housing, nutritional meals, basic physical health care, substance abuse care and aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development and empowerment. Additionally, veterans need job assessment, training and placement assistance.
What Seems to Work Best
The most effective programs for veterans that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless, are community-based, nonprofit, “veterans helping veterans” groups.
The programs that seem to work best feature transitional housing with the camaraderie of living in structured, substance-free environments with fellow veterans who are succeeding at bettering themselves.
While important, government money is limited, and available services are often at capacity. Therefore, it is critical that local community groups reach out to help provide support, resources and opportunities most Americans take for granted: housing, employment and health care. Veterans who participate in collaborative programs are afforded more services and have higher chances of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again.