|RESOURCES FOR VETERANS:
• Veterans Crisis Line:
• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VeteransServices
Volunteers of America Michigan's Veterans Community Housing and Community Services are CARF Accredited!
In February 2012, Volunteers of America Michigan received its second three-year accreditation. CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of human service providers.
CARF bases its accreditation on established standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers. CARF uses standards to determine how well an organization is serving its consumers and how it can improve.
Regarded as the standard of professional excellence, being a Three-Year, CARF-Accredited Agency, Volunteers of America Michigan is set apart as a service provider that demonstrates a commitment to continued enhancement in quality services and programs, and a focus on consumer satisfaction.
Veterans Services Toll-Free Number: 1-877-509-VETS
Volunteers of America Michigan has made ending veteran homelessness a strategic priority and is the largest private provider in the state. Services include housing programs in Lansing, Detroit and Niles and employment programs across the southern part of the Lower Peninsula. More than 80 percent of veterans that complete the programs return to independent living.
LANSING: Volunteers of America Michigan operates transitional housing programs with space for 56 veterans, The programs include clinical services and case management; individual and group counseling; substance abuse treatment; medical care; budgeting help; job interviewing and placement; anger management; and recreational opportunities in a therapeutic community setting for 40 homeless veterans.
NILES: In 2010, Volunteers of America Michigan acquired a homeless veterans program in Niles. This 18-bed Veterans Independence Program
offers complete clinical services including health care, housing, and recreational opportunities in a therapeutic community setting. This program is one of the few approved and able to accept veterans with families. Recent improvements to the aging apartment building have been made possible by The Home Depot Foundation and crews of volunteers from The Home Depot Stores!
DETROIT: The 60-bed Detroit Veterans Housing Program
opened on Veterans Day 2011 and has operated at capacity ever since. This 18-month program offers housing and complete clinical services including case management; individual and group counseling; substance abuse treatment; medical care; budgeting assistance; job interviewing and placement; anger management; and recreational opportunities in a therapeutic community setting. In time for the grand opening, Team Depot volunteers joined together
to work to support the new Veterans Transitional Housing by transforming two vacant lots located on the property into a new Detroit Veterans Memorial Park.
The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)
is a comprehensive employment and training program with wrap-around supportive services designed to address employment barriers by establishing a coordinated case management system with a strong aftercare component. A second HVRP focuses on female veterans and veterans with families.
Capital Area Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
is a program that occurs in the spring in downtown Lansing. Multiple service providers gather together in one outdoor location to provide veterans services, hair cuts, health screenings, legal services, social security advice, vision testing, job assistance, clothing, food and supplies to those in need. The 2013 Stand Down is set for May 22.
Stand Down for Female Veterans:
In 2012, Volunteers of America organized Michigan's first Stand Down for Female Veterans
. The response was overwhelming and plans are under way for an even larger event to be held in Lansing in 2012. Watch here for details.
Wish List Items
- Personal hygiene items
- New men's socks and undergarments
- Healthy snacks
- Car Booster Seats
- Child Car Seats for infants and toddlers.