Our mission is to serve, assist and create support for the homeless veterans of Salem, OR by providing homeless veterans with an opportunity to reintegrate back into society through the development of skills, personal growth, recovery, self-reliance, productivity, community involvement and residential stability.
Our vision is to assist veterans by giving them a hand up not a handout. To advocate on their behalf to the community in which they live including their rights earned by their service to our country. Thereby fostering trust with the homeless veteran’s community of Salem, Oregon, and to be recognized as an advocate for all veterans in our region.
- We believe the community owes a debt of gratitude to its military veterans.
- We believe in actively advocating for rights of all veterans.
- We believe in the importance of providing a voice for homeless veterans.
- We believe it is important to promote public educations and increased public awareness of the long-range physical and emotional scars of war.
- We believe in independent outreach performing essential services for an often under serviced veteran population.
- To establish a centrally accessible, veteran friendly outreach center.
- To address the needs of homeless veterans.
- To coordinate legal counseling and guidance for veterans seeking VA benefits and assistance in successfully maneuvering the VA claims process.
- To coordinate emergency aid, crisis intervention or referral services to any veteran in need.
- To provide resources and opportunities for improved living conditions to veterans through aid in obtaining education, training, financial assistance or job prospects.
- To raise public awareness of the plight of their country’s veterans and create public support through fundraising and outreach campaigns and programs.
- To collaborate with social service, health and behavioral enriching organizations toward improving and expanding veteran services and opportunities.
- Must not have been discharged from the US military with a Dishonorable Discharge or Less than Dishonorable. Participants with Honorable, General, or Other than Honorable are eligible.
- Must be currently homeless in the Salem Metro area.
- High personal motivation to participate in achieving Program goals.
- Committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol free lifestyle
- A 4-6 month program for homeless veterans who have a strong desire to become self-sufficient as a productive member of society and develop the skills necessary to obtain stable and permanent housing.
- A participant who comes into the program develops a detailed Case Plan with the assistance and guidance of a dedicated Program Case Manager/Project Coordinator who is on site.
- A participant may submit requests for 90-day extensions in the program based on the level of progress demonstrated.
- The home is located in the heart of downtown Salem. The location is close to Work Source Oregon, ODVA, HOAP, shopping centers, theaters, and the main bus station.
- Bedrooms are single occupancy to start, with 3.5 bathrooms throughout the house. Common areas include the kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry area, etc.
- The house is a clean and sober home. Participants may not use alcohol or other non-prescription drugs on or off the premises, whether substance abuse has been a past issue or not. This applies to visitors who have been drinking or who are under the influence of drugs will not be allowed on the premises and could result in immediate termination of the residents stay in the program.
We have adopted and implement the following procedures to assist our clients in their awareness of vocational opportunities that exist while in transition to independent living. By the time each client reaches Tier three they will be fully prepared to either enter the job market or, be prepared to pursue secondary education.
- The Case Manager/Project Coordinator will be responsible for documenting the candidates’ results throughout their journey.
- The Program Director will continue to develop the business leaders of the community by creating job shadowing opportunities, i.e. Chamber of Commerce, by speaking at specialized groups such as Lions, Rotary, etc. on the benefits of a labor ready job pool. Also to continue to develop internships that focus on the hiring of our candidates.
- The Project Coordinator will monitor all client files to insure accurate data is being captured and charted on a bi-weekly basis and to handle the administrative tasks of the program.
Staff will continue to monitor progress of the client throughout the process of the program. The case manager will work in unison with the Director to insure that results are documented and will assist with breaking down barriers that may inhibit the client’s success. Some examples include issues such as transportation to school, school enrollment, clothing, and housing, etc.
The expectations for the participants will be an increase in communication skills. They will have an understanding of what it takes to be employed; including the ability to develop a work plan which includes an effective functional resume. They will develop a career path and understanding of the steps needed to reach their goals. Intrinsically, they will increase their communication skills, build confidence, develop teamwork skills, and increase their social skills.
Three Tier Approach
The Home of the Brave program consists of three phases to assist veterans in transitioning from homelessness to independent living in a systematic approach. This approach is based on the individual needs of the client. The three phases are as follows, Communal Living, Transitional Preparation, and Transition.
In order for the participant to advance, they must successfully accomplish the goals of their current tier. Transition is measured by a successful performance appraisal (PA) conducted by the Program Director. The PA is similar to an employee evaluation which in itself is a skills training. The director will decide on the next tier advancement by the program participant.
*Success is measured by having the candidate achieve objectives in the program, advance between tiers, or the client becomes self reliant with stable income and stable living arrangements.
Communal Living: (Tier 1) Self Determination Expectation.
- Self-Determination – Participants are expected to take steps to resolve past life issues that contributed to their homelessness. These include steps to remove barriers such as resolving past or current legal issues, paying taxes, child support, engaging in counseling or alcohol or other drug treatment (if applicable) and/or taking necessary steps to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle. Participants are also expected to provide community service as part of giving back to the community.
Tier One consists of stabilizing the homeless veteran through communal living with other veterans to serve as peer support and assistance in the transition. The focus is on basic skills:
- Stable Employment Plan,
- Skills Training Plan,
- Developed Education Plan,
- Basic Budgeting,
- Goal Setting,
Tier 1 should last about 3-6 weeks subject to the needs of the client.
Transitional Preparation ::(Tier 2) Income Enhancement Expectation.
- Income Enhancement – Participants are required to look for work, get and keep a job and/or engage in schooling or training designed to enhance their ability to get and keep gainful employment. Participants are required to obtain and maintain a savings account and save at least ½ their net income while in the Program.
Tier Two continues to support the veteran in a communal environment. When the clients reach Tier 2 the focus is on establishing:
- A job history; (through volunteering if necessary);
- Budgeting funds for future apartment costs,
- Continued work on individual goals.
Tier 2 should last about 6 to 9 weeks subject to the needs of the client.
Transition: (Tier 3) The Self Reliance Expectation.
- Self-Reliance – Participants are expected to take steps to work toward obtaining permanent housing upon completion of the Home of the Brave program. These steps include taking classes such as Ready to Rent, Landlord Tenant laws, Bill Pay, resolving evictions, and saving toward funds needed to obtain permanent and stable housing upon completion of the program.
Tier Three consists of sustained Independent living in a safe environment. At this point interaction with the case worker is dictated by circumstance and the needs of the client. Client and case manager work on accomplishing goals typically focusing on:
- Financial management.
- Independent Living
Tier 3 should last about 6 to 9 weeks subject to the needs of the client.
Benefits Assistance- We will provide assistance to veterans, particularly homeless veterans, in obtaining benefits from local, state, county and federal programs, such as Social Security disability, where veteran’s benefits are unavailable or advocate on behalf of the veteran where benefits have been denied.