Did you know that the unemployment rate for young veterans is nearly twice that for non-veterans of the same age? Vital Professional Services takes pride in continuing our Giving Back initiative in 2016. This month, we join the dedicated professional team at New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) and their rapidly growing, visionary organization. If you enjoy helping others and you are looking for more than just a job, contact Vital Professional Services to join or contribute to the NDVets family.
Their life-changing, often life-saving work, improves the lives of veterans who have so nobly served our nation. NDVets wants individuals who can use their skills and commitment to advance their mission to improve the lives of veterans. As a member of the team, you will reap benefits well beyond a paycheck.
New Directions for Veterans opened its doors in 1992, from one rented house that initially served only a handful of Vietnam veterans. Today, the agency brings the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, public partners, and private funders like Vital together to provide more than 1,000 veterans each year with housing, employment, and support services.
In 2013, NDVets began delivering services to 147 veterans living in permanent supportive housing. New Directions Sepulveda was their first permanent supportive housing project, developed in partnership with A Community of Friends and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The El Monte Veterans Village, in partnership with Mercy Housing, is now open with 40 apartments for veterans.
More recently, the Guy Gabaldon Apartments, a partnership with East LA Community Corporation, opened in the fall of 2014 serving 32 senior veterans. In the fall of 2015, NDVets opened a 44-unit affordable housing property in Glendale, Calif. The Veteran Village of Glendale illustrates a valuable partnership with Thomas Safran & Associates. More developments providing permanent supportive housing, health services, and an improved quality of life for veterans are forthcoming.
NDVets’ residential facilities provide transitional housing, bridge housing, and many other services. Veterans Opportunity Center East offers transitional housing and comprehensive support services for homeless veterans. These services include case management, substance abuse support and other support groups, mental health services, workforce development, and free legal assistance. Veterans Opportunity Center West provides up to 50 veterans with a distinguished dual-diagnosis health service. Accelerated Re-housing Center (ARC) offers formerly homeless veterans with a safe place to stay while they are securing new homes.
NDVets also recognizes that veteran women often face particular additional challenges, and their New Directions Oasis for Veteran Women serves them across two separate facilities. Mitchell House provides transitional housing and comprehensive services to as many as six veteran women. Keaveney House provides transitional housing for up to eight veteran women actively employed and/or going to school, while transiting toward independent living.
We hope you will join Vital Professional Services in our commitment to Giving Back. Contact us directly to learn how your organization can join this important initiative for a noble, national, and patriotic cause. For more information about New Directions for Veterans, call (310) 914-4045, or visit www.NDVets.org.