Recently, U.S.VETS – Barbers Point received some visitors who are looking for ways to serve veterans and end homelessness.
Aloisio Emur Ojetuk, South Sudan Veteran Affairs Director General, toured the U.S.VETS-Barbers Point site on November 7, 2012 and was given an overview of the various programs and supportive services U.S.VETS provides for veterans. Being made responsible for South Sudan’s “Wounded Heroes” program, Director General Ojetuk (who is the South Sudanese equivalent of US Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki) visited several veterans affairs programs and facilities in Hawai’i in hopes to observe and learn about existing programs currently in place. It was indeed an honor for U.S.VETS to be able to provide information that would aid in South Sudan’s development of post-service programs for their soldiers.
On November 8, 2012, Matthew Dougherty, Regional Director of the Unites States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) made a visit to and toured the U.S.VETS-Barbers Point site to learn more about that services that U.S.VETS provides to veterans. Accompanying Mr. Dougherty to the Barber’s Point site was Colin Kippen, Hawaii State Coordinator on Homelessness. Upon completion of their visit to Barber’s Point, Mr. Dougherty and Mr. Kippen also met with several state agencies the day after with the hopes of strengthening the relationship of Hawai’i’s homeless providers with the USICH. It was a significant opportunity to inform Mr. Dougherty on the progress, plans, and needs of Hawaii’s Cotinuum of Care (CoC) agencies as well as other service providers that actively participate in the USICH.