"I was lost, drug addicted, tired and alone. VRC gave me a purpose, gave a direction and gave me a life."

H.H., US Air Force Veteran

Programs and Services

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We offer a wide range of programs to address the unique needs of veterans.

Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing

VRC provides supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant. VRC provides eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other mainstream benefits that promote housing stability and community integration.

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Employment & Training Program

The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans has been steadily declining. But those who are still out of work say that they face discrimination, and are often only offered jobs that are beneath their expertise level.

According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for vets who served at any time since September 2001 dropped to 9 percent last year, down from 9.9 percent in 2012. While the improved rates are heartening, vets who are struggling to find work don’t yet see a light at the end of the tunnel.

One of the agency’s most successful employment training programs is “Winning the Employment Game” (WEG). This program focuses on helping individuals achieve results by providing a personalized career exploration and job-search program. With a 90% success rate, “WEG” graduates attain jobs they want.

In our efforts to strengthen our employment training programs, VRC also offers comprehensive placement services by providing clients with job leads, resume preparation, informational resources and interview preparation.

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Transitional Housing

VRC provides transitional housing for homeless veterans through the VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or supportive services with the goal of helping homeless veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.

VRC currently operates 104 beds of housing where homeless veterans may stay for up to two years serving both male and female veterans in Northern California. As part of our goal to carry on the legacy of support and hope for those less fortunate, VRC has constructed transitional housing projects which offer a safe environment where veterans are supported in their efforts to overcome a variety of obstacles. By providing an effective network of services, veterans are connected to employment and training programs, counseling and legal services. These programs were developed by veterans to help veterans build better lives for themselves, their families and our communities.

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Behavioral Health Treatment

The long wars are winding down and the troops are coming home, but thousands of military service members, veterans and their families must tend to the psychological wounds of battle for years to come. Mental health disorders, signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, affect one in five active duty service members and are the most common cause of hospitalization. Too often, once a war is over, the mental health needs of those who have served are forgotten.

VRC provides dual diagnosis mental health services including 57 beds for behavioral health, social recovery services at three sites in Northern California and anticipates opening another facility in Reno, Nevada in the late summer or fall of 2014.

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Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent supportive housing gives our most vulnerable military veterans—even those who have spent years bouncing from street to shelter and back again—the chance to reclaim their health and their independence. For many, it offers a future in which they long ago lost hope.

Veterans Resource Centers of America has 52 units of permanent supportive housing under construction and 200 units planned to assist veterans returning from service transition successfully to civilian life. Linked to case management and supportive services, permanent supportive housing is a proven solution to veterans’ homelessness, a problem that affects men and women who have been recently discharged as well as those who served decades ago.

VRC operates case management services for 50 chronically homeless veterans in permanent supportive housing in Eureka California through the HUD-VASH program.

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Nutrition Services

"And just as our troops need your leadership and support, their families do as well. Because they sacrifice and serve this nation right alongside anyone who wears our uniform." -First Lady Michelle Obama

Veterans served our country proudly and honorably. Through the CalFresh program and local food drives, all of our residential clients and many low income veterans throughout California benefit from improved access to nutritious meals and information presented to improve the health and well-being of qualified veteran households and individuals.

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Case Management

We understand how difficult it can be for veterans to access the benefits and services they have earned. With so many different resources and the red tape of bureaucracy, it’s easy to get confused and feel lost. Veterans Resource Centers of America case managers help connect veterans with the right resources to help them live healthy lives and achieve their goals.

All veterans meet with a VRC case manager upon arrival to perform an initial assessment. Based on this assessment, the case manager works in collaboration with the veteran to devise a service plan addressing identified needs and objectives. Each veteran has a personalized service plan outlining barriers and goals related to substance abuse, mental health, medical needs, finances, education, employment and housing. The case manager meets with the veteran on a regular basis to monitor progress. In addition to scheduled meetings, case managers are always available to provide additional support or assistance.

Case management is an interactive process that provides veterans with support and services that are essential to treatment. The goal of case management is to help veterans develop the skills necessary to achieve and maintain independence.

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Resource Centers

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” ― Abraham Lincoln

Veterans Resource Centers of America operates thirteen Centers across Northern California, Northern Arizona and Northern Nevada and provides critical service and support for our veterans; their spouses and dependents. Our service centers are staffed by a diverse, professional and talented staff in order to serve all veterans in a respectful and positive way, including case managers, business consultants, drug and alcohol counselors, program support staff, teachers and mental health therapists.

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Humanitarian Efforts

After emerging from years of war and political isolation, Vietnam endured years of economic stagnation. With economic liberalization, the country has enjoyed relative economic stability in recent years. But the challenges to the health sector remain at the forefront, particularly in rural and impoverished communities. High rates of maternal mortality, pediatric malnutrition and childhood disease are still critical issues.

Veterans Resource Centers of America commitment to service has enabled us to take our humanitarian efforts to other parts of the world. In 1997 VRC opened a health clinic in Luong Son to serve the impoverished people of Vietnam. In 2002, partnering with the East Meets West Foundation, VRC was able to build a school. Principle liaisons to the works in Vietnam have been Ahn and Jim Larson, Dr. Le Thi Ngoc and her staff. The new facility replaced a dilapidated and substandard school building and now provides safe and sanitary classrooms for nearly 100 children

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