April 22, 2014: Outreach is an activity of providing services to populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. A key component of outreach is that the groups providing it are not stationary, but mobile; in other words they are meeting those in need of outreach services at the locations where those in need “are”. In addition to delivering services, outreach has an educational role, raising the awareness of existing services.
During the month of April, 2014, eleven residents at Eagle's Landing reached out to the homeless in our area by travelling to various homeless sites offering food, hygiene products, and information regarding resources available in our community. Eagle's Landing staff and residents travel together to serve others with the belief that the goodness of the world which we all share is the accumulated goodness of many small acts of kindness. Through serving others we find spiritual nourishment and joy. Through lifting others up we lift up ourselves.
(Pictured: Eagle’s Landing – Homeless Veterans Facility in Mobile, Al)
** One Year Update ... Eagle’s Landing’s first group of veterans: 22 veterans moved in at the end of April, 2013, with no income. Most came to Eagle’s Landing with only the clothes on their backs. We now have fourteen men working and another five men in school full time.
Homeless Veterans Services - Meeting the unique needs of veterans with a full continuum of care: Transitional Housing, Job Training, Employment Services, Mental Health / Substance Abuse Services, and much more.
Veterans - Far too many veterans are homeless in America: between 150,000 and 200,000 on any given night. This represents between one fourth and one fifth of homeless people. Three times that many veterans are housed, but are struggling with excessive rent burdens and an increased risk of homelessness. Convergent sources estimate that between 23 and 40 percent of homeless adults are veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that over the course of the year, 336,627 veterans experience homelessness.
They are veterans of different conflicts, including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, and Lebanon. Research indicates that those serving in the late Vietnam and post-Vietnam era are at greatest risk of homelessness. Among these new veterans, women are more common than in the past.
Stand Down – Stand Down events are resource fairs providing free services and information about community resources for homeless veterans. “Stand Down” is a military term used during the Vietnam War referring to a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. Today, more than 80 Stand Down events are held annually to reach an estimated 100,000 homeless veterans. We host or participate in Stand Down events, helping local human service agencies work together to give these veterans access to basic health, legal, financial, housing, employment, training, and social services.
Purpose of Program – To provide a transitional housing community with wrap-around supportive services to meet the unique needs of homeless veterans who served in the active military and who now find themselves sleeping in shelters or other places in the Gulf Coast not designed for human habitation. Volunteers of America will provide a 36-unit housing community for up to two years. This will give dignity and respect to veterans who have been sharing their sleeping quarters with a multitude of strangers for months and sometimes years.
Our program will utilize techniques proven effective for this unique population which will result in an increased quality of life and to assist the homeless veterans meet his goals and objectives.
Goals – Provide clean, safe housing while increasing skill level and income, developing a socially productive lifestyle which emphasizes appropriate living for the homeless veteran so he/she can become fully integrated into the general community, and creating in them confidence in their capacity to maintain themselves in mainstream society.
Program Eligibility – Homeless veterans who served in the active military, naval or air service and who were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable, who are:
Wrap-Around Services Provided – Volunteers of America Southeast will utilize numerous outside agencies for referrals to provide the following services:
For more information call Steven Dahmer at 251-421-1229 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: Eagle’s Landing – Homeless Veterans Facility in Mobile, Alabama