Checking the boxes
This has been a busy month for us. In an effort to expand our base and better coordination with existing Homeless resources, the Veterans Accession House had this month committed staff, to participate in the Contra Costa County Continuum of Care (CoC) community advisory committee. This has opened up our awareness of how the County directs services to fight homelessness in general.
This included an active role in the annual Count for Homeless in the County to identify needs and plan for the effective allocation of limited resources to address homeless. Our efforts have connected us with the with the County Adult Shelter system, the Coordinated Entry Program for the County. Lastly, we have also attended training with the County 211 Crisis Center and CoC Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) needed to enter and track persons as they navigate the support service system.
This is critical as we as an organization will be expected to incorporate the system’s use for recording Veterans we are and will be services in the coming year for county wide collaborative tracking of homeless population.
VAH, welcome to the family of Homeless Care providers!
It’s getting cold
Well, it is time to turn on the heater, and wouldn’t we know it? So, the heater in the lower unit of our duplex housing unit is done. Had a heating system specialist inspect and, that bad news is it had to be replaced.
Of course, we are not financial situated to handle this expense, but our director, and landlord, didn’t hesitate to give the O.K. to have a new heating system installed, with remote capabilities so it can be managed offsite. Seriously necessary option, as the organization had spent nearly $700.00 dollars between the two units for electrical unities for December alone. No need to site the cost for the new heating system, only to say it was in the thousands.
Our Vets are warm, and that’s what matters!
Call for help
VAH has submitted an application to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, for funding to hiring a full time Supportive Services Case Manager. This is a sizable grant, which will augment our existing Keller Canyon small grant scheduled to end by June 2020.
We have been fortunate to have a less than part-time case manager visit with or Veterans to work with them in developing their individual service plans and help tackle matters of employment, education and service-entitlements. Without the direct aid of an onsite case manager, we would only be proving transitional housing, one part of a large service program.
Lets keep on fingers crossed, and hope for a philanthropic blessing to carry on this critical service need.
VAH Founder / CEO