Excellent soldier. Two deployments. Good conduct medals. Battle ribbons. Sharpshooter marks. Carried hundred pound pack. Plus gun, armor, etc.
Did his job.
His squad, stateside, resting up before deployment three, used the wrong recreational drugs. Alcohol and tobacco? No problem. Pot and Spice? No way.
Half the squad had to take an OTH. The other half were spared to keep a viable unit for the next deployment.
No benefits. No healthcare.
Tahoe kid. Found work in construction season. Winter? Tired. Hungry. Homeless. Freezing.
Broke into an empty vacation home. Used the electricity for warmth.
Get him into Veterans Treatment Court. Work with a new law providing a 90 day behavioral health residential program for OTH Veterans. Housing. Food. Phone. Until he gets in to a program, Jennifer LaForce of Only Kindness, Inc., is on it.
Ankle monitor doesn't work? Volunteer Tim Page is on it.
Bench warrant in Calaveras county? We'll deal with it.
Saving a life takes a lot of steps. And a lot of folks.
American Legion Post 119
Only Kindness, Inc. has been serving the homeless and at risk of homelessness population of El Dorado county for a number of years.
Since July of 2014, in collaboration with Veterans organizations, a separate Veterans fund has been established. In addition to helping Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, the following services are being provided:
The Veterans Outreach project is aimed at reaching Veterans who may be in need of behavioral health services. This population was identified as an underserved group during the Community Program Planning process.
Services provided under this project may include, but may not be limited to:
• Outreach to Veterans and families particularly those who are homeless or involved in the criminal justice system
• Outreach Workers will perform intake interviews and assessments for inclusion into the local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and to evaluate the immediate needs for referral to the Unmet Needs Team
• Provide linkage to needed resources, including behavioral health, physical health, housing, or other services, and follow-up to ensure linkages were successful
• Provide referrals to Behavioral Health for Veterans who exhibit symptoms, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Service Connected Disability Benefit Application Assistance/Referrals
• Document processing including Civilian and Military ID’s
The project will also allow for ancillary supports to Veterans and families including, but not necessarily be limited to assistance with housing costs, transportation, phones, food and emergency shelter.
• Provide outreach and linkage to services for approximately 100 Veterans and families annually
• Develop a single point of entry for homeless Veterans to receive needed services
• Assist Veterans to secure permanent and affordable housing
• Reduce the number of homeless Veterans in our community
We're SO excited! We were recently awarded a contract with the County of
El Dorado to provide Veterans Services through a grant from MHSA (Mental Health Services Act).
Take that first step to Stability for you and your family....
Come down and get an intake completed to get
the services you deserve at
El Dorado Veteran Resources
~ A Permanent Stand Down ~
Located at the Veterans Memorial Hall Building on Placerville Drive
Honoring and Empowering Veterans
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM
No-cost resources, emergency shelter, food, transportation/fuel assistance, clothing, household items, peer support, yoga & qi gong, referrals to housing assistance, SSI, VA Benefits, Physical & Behavioral Health services & more!
OR send us a note at email@example.com
We'll be in touch!