EMERGENCY WINTER SHELTER

Western Slope

November through April

GVCC- Friday
Federated - Saturday 

Cold Springs Church - Sunday 

Foothills United Methodist -Monday

Transport from The Upper Room on Broadway (5pm +/-)


Eastern Slope

December to April  (tbd)

First Come, First Serve

7 nights/wk/6pm - 7am

1201 Emerald Bay Rd/SLT

More info: www.tahoehomeless.org


Send us a note at vets@onlykindness.net

We'll be in touch!

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The Philosopher 

He was in jail to work off an old warrant.

Part of what I do is to encourage inmates to connect with the VA.

He got out in less than two years. Some kind of honorable discharge, but out early due to inability to conform to military norms.

So, the Army took him in, but after a period of time, more than one year, less than two years, said, "Thanks, but no thanks."

Today he is homeless and alcoholic. He also loves to read, and is a deep thinker.

 I ask him to consider how he was ok going in to the service, and then, he wasn't. What happened in between the beginning of service and the end, that could cause that change?

He thinks, nothing. It was all normal stuff. 

I dig a little deeper.

It comes out that he saw people get wounded. He had to clean up the aftermath, including body parts.

I ask him to consider that as a trauma. It could explain things like depression, bad choices, self medication, insomnia, anxiety.

He says to me:

"There are three truths. Your truth. My truth. And the real truth, somewhere in between."

I ask him if he will stop drinking. Nope. He plans to start drinking at 4.

I wave goodbye to a good man. A thinker. A reader. Honest as the day is long. A worker.

But...
A drinker.

David Zelinsky 
Service Officer 
American Legion Post 119
530-919-8488



Only Kindness, Inc. has been serving the homeless and at risk of homelessness population of El Dorado county for many 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:

  • Liaison with Veterans Court
  • Working with Veterans in EDC jails
  • Helping county departments serve at risk veterans
  • Providing transportation, bus passes, assistance with DMV, gas cards
  • Buying food and meals
  • Postage and shipping for documents and applications
  • Working with the Mather homeless primary clinic
  • Working with the Veterans commission

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.

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

530-621-5146

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!

http://mfsgonline.org/edvr/

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