I wrote a post last Veterans Day on The Greatest Generation and a non-profit that helped soldiers visit their battleground campaigns. One of my clients read it and sent me a response asking me to "Please remind people about the veterans that come home and have a hard time adjusting. We are trying to make sure there are services for them when they return."
My client, Tom Mitchell is the director for a non-profit called US Vets Initiative Houston. US Vets Houston is part of the US Vets initiative. US Vets is the largest operator of homeless veterans programs in the country. Started in 1993, US Vets has ten sites in 6 states; serving more than 16,000 homeless veterans. Each year more than 1,100 veterans are finding work. US Vets Houston provides counseling, job assistance, housing and hope to thousands of homeless veterans each year; right here in the Houston area. Their programs foster the skills necessary to return to the community and remain self sufficient.
US Vets mission is to provide program support necessary to create the conditions for the greatest number of homeless veterans to reach their highest level of independence as rapidly as possible. The goal is to bring homeless veterans off of the streets of Houston and put them into the system.
The Veterans in Progress (VIP) program is designed to move the Houston Veterans with little or no income to self sufficiency through employment. The program focuses on skills needed for obtaining employment through an aggressive job search. Once employed the program focuses on job retention and successful transition in to full independence.
VIP Program Services Include
- Case Management
- Sobriety Support
- Job Search Assistance
- Training and Employment opportunities
- Transportation assistance
- Veterans can participate up to 24 months
In talking with Tom he said that the largest numbers of Veterans they serve are from the Vietnam War. They do have some that are from World War II and the Korean War. He also said a few from Somalia and Kosovo. They are just now starting to get some Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
Mid Town Depot - US Vets Houston Main Offices 4604Main, Suite 213 Houston, TX 77002
Mid Town Terrace Suites - transtional housing - 4640 Main Houston, TX 77002
They also have a service center for Veterans with resources available at:
DeGeorge at Union Station
1418 Preston, Suite 2
Houston, TX 77002
If you are a Houston Veteran in need of help or know someone you may call Tom Mitchell directly at (832)203-1626 ext. 109 or you can email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.