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Orlando Veterans Stand Down 2012

For the past few years Homeless Services Network has helped coordinate the Orlando Veteran Stand Down. This year is no exception. We are expecting 325-350 veterans in attendance this year and we need 325-350 volunteers to make it a successful event. Last year’s Stand Down was a wonderful success with spectacular volunteers. But this year we have worked hard to make it even better.

Information for the 2012 Veteran Stand Down: Continue reading

Azimuth – June 2012

To my fellow veterans and friends of veterans:

The new issue of the “Azimuth” newsletter is available for download. It is produced by the Veteran Volunteer Program and The Homeless Services Network of Central Florida. It is intended to help veterans with housing, utility, educational or employment challenges. It includes real clients with real requests.

Not included in this issue is a true story that I would like to share. I received a request from a friend a couple weeks ago. She told me that her husband’s brother had been in an incident and asked if I could help her find resources for her brother-in-law (We’ll call him Steve). So I looked into the matter. Steve lives in another state with his wife and 24-year-old daughter. Steve’s friends and neighbors were quoted as saying “Steve was a quiet, nurturing, caring husband and father.” Steve served in the Marine Corps in the early 80’s as a sniper. He had done a tour in Beirut and Lebanon. From 1985 to now he had battled minor symptoms of PTSD, but was “toughing it out”. After all, he was a tough Marine. Continue reading

Veteran Volunteer Program Newsletter

HSN’s new Veteran Volunteer Program has a newsletter out called “Azimuth”. For those that don’t know, “Azimuth” is a term used in the military to describe a compass bearing. This edition includes articles on the SSVF program, Veteran Volunteer Program, HSN, and spotlights of real veterans, and upcoming events. The next edition will include veteran employment opportunities and challenges. If you would like to be included in the direct email list for this newsletter, please email Sean Gibbs, Veterans Services Coordinator, at sean.gibbs {at} HSNCFL(.)org. Please include your name and organization, and then type “Newsletter Email List” in the subject heading.

Azimuth” is available for download from the Homeless Services Network web site.

Supportive Services for Homeless Veterans (SSHV) Grant

Yesterday, HSN filed an application for $999,000 in funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs in collaboration with six agencies who would provide direct services: Center for Drug Free Living, Transition House, Seminole Behavioral Healthcare, Health Care Center for the Homeless, Grand Avenue Economic Development Corporation and the Heart of Florida United Way. HSN received endorsement letters from Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties, the City of Orlando and the local Director of the VA Medical Center. The grant would fund 12 staff providing case management, VA benefits navigation, employment assistance and targeted street outreach. It includes $270,000 in temporary financial assistance for precariously housed veterans and veterans moving from transitional housing into the community. A decision is expected in June 2011, with grant implementation to begin in July 2011.

You may download an Executive Summary of the SSHV grant application.

New Veterans Resources Available

The following announcement comes from Esther L. Washington, Executive Director of Tree of Life Ministries in Orlando:

The Tree of Life Ministries of Orlando, Inc.  would like to inform you of two opportunities for Homeless Veterans and/or their families.  The first opportunity, made possible through the City of Orlando’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is for a low income veteran family to rent a 3 bed-2 bath home.

The second opportunity, made possible by the State of Florida’s Department of Children & Families Access To Recovery program, is for single veterans who have substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders to receive housing and other supportive services.  Eleven beds available.

For more information, please contact Esther L. Washington, Executive Director, The Tree of Life Ministries, 407-704-6923

2010 CHALENG Meeting

The following announcement comes to us from the Orlando VA:

The Health Care for Homeless Veterans program is excited about the opportunities we have to work with our community partners and provide services for our Veterans.

The CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) meeting gives us an opportunity to get feedback from our community partners regarding the services we provide. It also allows us to identify the needs of our Veterans.

Please join us for presentations, discussions and networking

Tuesday, June 29, 2009 from 8:30-10:30 at The Orlando VA Medical Center, 5201 Raymond Street, Auditorium A

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by June 21. To RSVP or for more information please contact: Trish Lysaght, Program Support, Patricia.lysaght {at} va(.)gov or (321) 397-6613

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veteran in need of help?
Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838)

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) has founded a National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline to ensure that homeless Veterans or Veterans at-risk for homelessness have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. The hotline is intended to assist homeless Veterans and their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community. To be connected with a trained VA staff member call 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838).

* Call for yourself or someone else
* Free and confidential
* Trained VA counselors to assist
* Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
* We have information about VA homeless programs and mental health services in your area that can help you.

What will happen when I call?

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Mandatory Volunteer Orientation Today – Sanford Stand Down

All volunteers must attend training on Monday, August 3, 2009 at either 12pm-1pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Disabled American Veterans chapter site. Volunteers will receive their task assignments and a t-shirt during check-in on the day of the Stand Down, Saturday, August 8, 2009.
If you have questions. call HSN at 407-893-0133 or email us at volunteer {at} hsncfl(.)org.
Event Location: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #30, 3512 Orlando Drive, Sanford FL 32773 (On Hwy. 17-92 in Sanford, just north of Lake Mary Boulevard on the left side)

Anyone volunteering for Saturday’s Veterans Stand Down must attend either one of two training sessions today,  Monday, August 3, 2009. The first session runs from 12pm-1pm The second session runs from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Both training sessions are at the Disabled American Veterans chapter site: 3512 Orlando Drive, Sanford FL 32773 (On Hwy. 17-92 in Sanford, just north of Lake Mary Boulevard on the left side)

If you have questions, call HSN at 407-893-0133 x107 or email us at volunteer {at} hsncfl(.)org.

Volunteers Needed – Veterans Stand Down – Sanford, FL – August 8, 2009

Seminole County is holding its first Veterans Stand Down on Saturday, August 8, 2009, through a partnership with the Homeless Services Network of Central Florida and the Veterans Administration. Veterans Stand Down events are similar to HSN’s Project Homeless Connect events, but targeted specifically at the needs of homeless veterans.  About 40 service agencies will be at the event in Sanford which is anticipated to serve more than 125 homeless veterans with meals, showers, food bags, clothing, employment opportunities, shelters, medical care, IDs and other essential services. Continue reading