The main way we are able to meet local veterans in need, is through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This impactful area of our mission is housed in 10 different locations throughout the Heartland Division. The SSVF program is a housing stability-focused program for low income Veteran Families and offers help through two major approaches:
- Rapid Rehousing: Aims to assist homeless Veterans in getting out of homelessness and into housing as soon as possible using the Housing First Model.
- Homeless Prevention: Aims to assist veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless by helping to maintain their housing or finding more suitable housing.
(Veteran Services also provides access to GPD Bridge housing and GPD TIP programs for veterans and their families)
In both of these programs our staff are also able to provide case management and referrals to other VA Services such as Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services, and other local resources that help veterans with housing stability. For example: SSVF works regularly with Goodwill Veteran’s Employment Services, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and local Veteran’s Assistance Commissions in order to connect with these resources to those in need. The Salvation Army proudly works closely with other local agencies to ensure that our Veterans receive the support, connections, and help they need.
Many Veterans who come into the Veterans Outreach Center are seeking not only services, but encouragement and support. Occasionally Veterans gather in our lobby to talk about their time in the military or just to discuss things happening in their lives. Veterans are also able to utilize computers and a phone located in the lobby for job searching, resume building, or other technological needs. Information regarding food pantries, local landlords, and additional support is also readily available