Program areas at Veterans
The outreach and supportive services program serves Veterans in the community on an outpatient basis, and offers training, therapeutic group sessions, and individual counseling, benefits counseling and advocacy, employment support, and other support services such as food and clothing. The program works in collaboration with the department of Veterans affairs, including the va outpatient clinic in worcester, as well as other Veterans and social service providers. The program is focused on the removal of barriers that prevent people from receiving critical services. The primary goals of the program are for clients to improve their mental health status and residential stability, increase their skill level or income, and achieve greater self-determination. Support services to veteran families focus on housing stabilization and may include temporary financial assistance to help low-income families obtain or remain in housing.
The employment and training program helps Veterans obtain and retain jobs so they can stabilize their lives. Veterans receive job counseling, support services, training and job placement and retention services. Employment specialists conduct assessments of Veterans' needs, aspirations, employment objectives, and skills and create employment developmnet plans with set, attainable goals. Barriers to employment and prior work history are explored, and a determination made as to what type of training is appropriate. Onsite and offsite training and education are provided by qualified instructors. The program takes into account that success in the workplace often hinges on employees' ability to successfully manage other areas of their lives. Clients are counseled in life skills, money management, stress management and related areas. Clients also have access to resume writing, mock interview training, dress for success, and career counseling services. Veterans, Inc. offers transportation, further eliminating potential obstacles to job success. Approximately 70% of Veterans in the program, who are able to work, obtain jobs.
The health and wellness program provides physical, mental, and emotional care that helps Veterans and non-veterans develop coping mechanisms and supports reintegration into their families and communities. Veterans Inc. Operates independence hall, the first veteran-specific, licensed treatment center for addiction recovery at its site in shrewsbury, Massachusetts. This program is an evidence-based treatment center for males and females, focused on Veterans and delivering services with cultural skill and sensitivity, with special expertise in the veteran'Veterans's culture. The program provides services that include inpatient clinical stabilization, as well as outpatient programs including talk therapies and family support programs. The center is considered the first of its kind in the country to be operated by a community non-profit veteran'Veterans's organization. This care contributes to Veterans inc.'s success in reducing homelessness. Programs and referrals are also available for non-resident Veterans.