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Benefited from Residential services3,000+ Veterans served
each day
Benefited from Residential services
40,000 + have benefited from
housing and services
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11,000+ have obtained full-time
employment

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  • IN THE NEWS: Long Beach Cites Progress in Finding Homes for Homeless Veterans

    This story appeared in NBC4 Los Angeles on April 29, 2015. Long Beach is on track to join the ranks of US cities that have made sufficient housing available for every veteran in need, Mayor Robert Garcia said Wednesday. In four years, the number of homeless veterans in the city has been reduced from 309 to 94, as of the biennial survey conducted earlier this year. On average, housing is found for 12-15 a month, according to the city’s figures. The challenge to provide housing for every homeless veteran by the end of 2015 had been issued last year by President Obama. “We will end veteran homelessness in Long Beach this year,” Garcia said. Garcia cited cooperation with the VA Healthcare Systems, and nonprofit veterans assistance organizations, including the United States Veterans Intiative, known as U.S.VETS. U.S.VETS provides housing to some 550 veterans in the Century Villages at Cabrillo, developed on the former Naval housing site for the Long Beach Shipyard, which closed in 1997. Over the years, it has provided transitional housing to thousands of veterans while they gain control of the issues that resulted in their homelessness, said Steve Peck, a Marine Corps veteran who serves as President and CEO of U.S.VETS. Please click here to view the full story on NBC4’s website.

  • IN THE NEWS: New Culinary Program for Veterans Instills ‘Hope and Empowerment’

    This story originally appeared in the Daily Courier on April 2, 2015. Kent Robinson can all but taste the sweet pepper flavor of chiles rellenos cooking on the barbecue grill, and smell stuffed manicotti baking in the oven. Robinson, 62, is one of eight U.S. VETS Initiative clients enrolled in a just-started, 13-week culinary/life skills course offered through its transitional housing program. Through the endeavor launched in February, the former U.S. Navy corpsman said he is gleaning commercial kitchen skills he hopes will allow him to prepare these dishes for his fellow veterans, and eventually paying customers. “It’s very informative,” the pony-tailed, bearded Robinson said of the project arranged through the nonprofit organization that provides housing and career training to some 300 homeless veterans each year. “I’ve always liked cooking, but a lot of this is new to me.” Beyond the 10 hours of weekend instruction in rudimentary culinary processes, such things as sanitary dishwashing and proper knife slicing techniques, the experiential curriculum taught on-site is meant to impart lessons transferable to employment in today’s food industry. The vocational training requires online instruction throughout the week to enhance the students’ limited computer literacy. Those sessions are tailored to focus on job skills such as how to write a resume, conduct a job interview, dress for success and build professional co-worker and employer relationships. “This is really exciting; the hope factor and the empowerment,” said Executive Director Annette Olson… Please click here to read the complete story.

  • HomeAid and U.S.VETS Bring New Veteran Housing to Inland Empire

    In partnership with HomeAid Inland Empire (HAIE), U.S.VETS recently dedicated five newly-renovated apartments that will provide temporary housing for homeless veterans at the U.S.VETS – Inland Empire facility at March ARB in Riverside, California. “U.S.VETS is thankful for the outstanding work that has been done by HomeAid in the past few months to help us provide a comfortable and safe place for the veteran clients we serve at this facility, and for the opportunity they provided to have five of the resident veterans here involved with doing some of the renovation work,” says President & CEO Stephen Peck. “We are looking forward to continuing to work with HomeAid Inland Empire in the months ahead to make additional improvements to the facility,” he added. For Army veteran James Andrews, moving into one of the new apartments marks a new chapter in his life. James found himself homeless, living in his truck and bouncing from place to place, after a series of devastating setbacks. The loss of his business in the recession, his mother’s death from cancer, and a diagnosis of Ménières disease made it difficult for James to stay stable. He came to U.S.VETS last summer, and has been working hard to get back on his feet ever since. With the availability of these new apartments, James is finally able to feel back in control. “It’s kind of weird to be in my own place again,” he says. “It’s been such a long time.” To read more about James, check out […]

  • Meet a Veteran: Robert

    This story was originally featured in The Prescott Daily Courier on January 26, 2015. Robert Schaffer served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years, from 1976 to 1997. Working in tech support, he never made it to the front lines of any military action – but he was on U.S. Embassy security duty in Tel Aviv Israel and Katmandu, Nepal. One of the highlights of his military career was being in Tel Aviv for the Israeli-Arab peace summit in ’79. He got to meet President Jimmy Carter’s family, and chatted with Carter’s mother, Lillian. “That was pretty impressive to me,” Schaffer said. On a separate occasion, he met Farrah Fawcett-Majors. She’d come to Tel Aviv for a lookalike contest, sporting her signature feathered mane, which women worldwide wanted to emulate at the time. “Everyone was. That was the big hairstyle,” he said. After leaving the Marines, Schaffer did tech support for GTE in Southern California and worked as a computer network technician in Ventura County. In 2011, he moved to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, where he did computer network support for Xanterra. He also struggled with alcoholism. In September 2013, Schaffer moved to Prescott and, after completing a substance abuse program at the VA, entered the U.S.VETS program. U.S.VETS – Prescott, which celebrated 12 years in the community earlier this month, provides transitional and permanent housing for homeless and at-risk veterans, said Matthew Phillips, U.S.VETS development and activities coordinator. On any given night, the program houses 75 veterans […]

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