Veterans Find Hope with New Services in Niles, Detroit and Flint
July 1, 2010, Volunteers of America Michigan acquired a homeless veterans program in Niles, Michigan. This 18-bed program offers complete clinical services including health care, housing, and recreational opportunities in a therapeutic community setting. The program is already at capacity.
Volunteers of America Michigan was also awarded a grant of $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor for a Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. The grant will assist homeless women veterans and their families in Flint, Detroit, and Lansing to obtain or regain employment. The HVRP program is designed to help veterans strengthen their employment skills and establish networks of contacts. This design includes incentives such as transportation assistance, work clothes and tools, child care, communication assistance, and job training. The goal in the first year of the program is to place 55 homeless veterans into employment.
Volunteers of America Michigan established its services for homeless veterans in 2000. 60 and 62-bed Veterans Housing Programs are in development in Detroit and Flint. 80% of veterans who complete the programs return to independent living. Joe, a recent graduate, used the program to pull his life back together. He just bought a modest home, with a down payment from saving his wages in his year-long stay. For more information on our veterans services, please call (517) VOA – HOPE or click.