North Bay Veterans Resource Center

444 10th Street, Suite 102
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 578-8387
(707) 578-2788 - fax
nbvrc@vetsresource.org



Programs & Services

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The North Bay Veterans Resource Center (NBVRC) is our original location in Northern California established in 1980. Below is a brief description of our programs and services. Please call us for more information about program eligibility.

Supportive Services for Veterans and Families Program (SSVF)

The SSVF Program provides supportive services to very low-income veteran families living in, or transitioning into, permanent housing. This program enables NBVRC to assist veteran families to remain securely housed and to rapidly transition to stable housing throughout the Northern and Central regions of California, Northern Nevada and Northern Arizona. Eligible veteran families can also receive case management and assistance in obtaining other benefits to avoid homelessness including rent, utility payments, child care and housing counselling services.

Winning the Employment Game

Where it all began! Tim Hodenfield worked for NBVRC for over 20 years, and is the creator and author of "Winning the Employment Game." This text and workshop is an effective tool for career decisions in today's competitive labor market. The internal struggles to the job seeker: rejection, uncertainty and frustration, as well as the skills and competencies necessary to achieve career employment are the focus of this workshop. As Tim puts it best: "It is easy to get a job; winning the game is finding the job you want."

This employment workshop is free for veterans and is offered during the first week of every month. In the workshop veterans receive a comprehensive career assessment, and develop two professional resumes and cover letters. They also receive interview preparation and job coaching. To enrol in the program please contact our Career Counselor, Cory Lemings at extension 313.

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Employment Counseling & Training

We are proud of our long tradition of helping veterans obtain career training and self-sustaining employment opportunities. In addition to career assessment, counseling, and support services, eligible veterans may receive training subsidies and assistance securing work-related documents, licenses and tools.

Rocca House-Transitional Housing Program

The "Rocca House" is the first transitional housing project for male veterans in Sonoma County. The 8-bed home is a joint effort by the City of Petaluma, HUD, the Veterans' Administration and NBVRC. The veterans residing in the house work toward training, employment and permanent housing goals. Veterans receive comprehensive case management, employment and/or benefits counseling, and other supportive services including group and individual therapy, life skills training, and the development of a housing and income stabilization plan. Meals and utilities are provided. Rent is based on income and is a maximum of 30% of the veterans’ monthly income.

Hearn House-Behavioral Health Treatment Program

This 15-bed veterans’ rehabilitation program opened in February 2013.

Hearn House behavioral health treatment program provides comprehensive treatment and housing for male veterans, with a history of mental illness and/or substance abuse.

Hearn House is located in Santa Rosa in beautiful Sonoma County. Veterans reside in the program for up to six months while they receive intensive case management, individual therapy, and group therapy, to address life barriers in a quiet and meditative environment.

The Hearn House is a structured residential program. All veterans meet with their primary counselor on a weekly basis and attend 3+ groups per day. The program runs on the concept of increasing responsibility and freedom over time, as earned through demonstrated behavioral consistency by the client.

The program is divided into the following phases of participation: Phase I Introduction, Phase II Introspection, and Phase III Integration. Phases are ultimately not guided by structured timeframes but rather by the impressions and opinions of the client and treatment staff. Hearn House creates a therapeutic milieu in which people are both willing and able to marshal their own internal resources in order to better their lives. For more information and/or to refer veterans please contact our Clinical Director Jim Luper at (707) 843-4577.