WHO WE HELP
While we have seen great improvements on reducing the number of homeless Veterans there are still way to many, in fact 2017 showed a slight increase in those numbers, the first increase in many years. Currently there are approx.40,000+ homeless Veterans in the US, and over 9,000 in the Southeast, and another 1.4 million Veterans at-risk of becoming homeless.
Who better to understand what a homeless Veteran is going through than another Veteran that has been there. Who better to understand how they became homeless, than another Veteran that has lived on the street. Who better to understand the scars that war has created than other Veterans that were on the battlefield. By creating a community for our homeless Veterans, instead of spreading them where ever we can find housing for them, we are giving them back the structure and sense of belonging they have lost.
We will welcome any Veteran that is currently homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Male, or Female. Their immediate families and their pets. We will also welcome any Veteran that maybe is currently having a hard time coping, or just wants the comradery of being with other Veterans again, to come visit and stay with us for a few days.
WHAT WE DO
A community designed to surround our Veterans with structure, support, safety and stability
Phase 1: Transitional housing:
Stabilize the Veteran
Address the issues that made them homeless
Create solutions to those issues
Give them a stable, safe and comfortable environment
A community that will provide therapeutic sessions, O.J.T., life skills and much more
We will also help with resume writing and interview readiness
Help them find employment either within Vet Comm, or in the surrounding communities
The Veterans will be required to participate in therapeutic sessions. These sessions are designed to help those veterans that suffer from PTSD, depression, or physical disabilities, and to add structure back into their lives. Also, sessions set up at address MST as well.
- Yoga and Tai Chi, are good for increasing balance, reducing stress, helps strengthen muscles and connective tissues, and improves cardiovascular fitness.
- Agri-therapy or farm-therapy. This form of therapy helps the Veterans to work as a team again, it helps with hand eye coordination and develop cognitive skills
- Music-therapy helps to reduce stress and depression. It also helps to express emotions, and open up social interactions.
- Open fire-pit group discussions. Many of the Veterans may have been on the streets for a while, this will be an area where they can talk about anything and everything which will help to re-socialize them, and learn to listen and communicate again.
- Fishing. This helps the Veterans decompress from the stresses in life, it provides emotional, physical and psychological rehabilitation.
- Culinary therapy. Besides teaching people how to cook, or new cooking methods, its the link between nutrition and the mind, as a high-quality diet nourishes the brain. Also, when you focus on the item you are cooking, or prepping, you are not going over past or future problems, you are learning to focus on the moment.
- We will have volunteers throughout the local community, and the Veterans community, that will come and take the Veterans out to play golf, or just out for a burger. This will help to reinforce to the Veteran that people do care about them and their wellbeing, that they dont have to go through this alone, and help them to make the transgression back into society.
During this phase, the Veterans will begin the process of stabilizing their life so they are ready to move on to phase II. We will go over past skills and potential jobs, help with resume writing and interview readiness. Help them with budgeting / money management. As Vet Comm, Inc. will be a fully functioning operating foundation we can start O.J.T. Some of these areas could be Business Management, Office Management, Inventory control, purchasing, shipping and receiving, construction, farm management, cooking, the list is endless. For those that want it we can help getting them set up with continuing education.
Phase II: Permanent housing
Phase two will begin with the building of permanent housing. The houses will be one, two and three bedrooms. There will also be additional recreational areas, more gardening/greenhouse areas, and pasture for livestock. More outdoor activities will be added for children, to help them to learn and adjust from the stress their families have gone through, as well as for the spouses. At the beginning of this phase the veterans will be expected to obtain employment, either with Vet Comm, or elsewhere.