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We dont care how or why they ended up homeless. If they want to change their lives for the better and get off the streets. We Got Your Six will help those willing to help themselves.
The military has a long tradition of defending our country without even thinking about the cost to themselves, but sometimes when they come home, they need help. All to often though, they are too proud to admit it or ask for help, out of fear of appearing weak to other soldiers. Every where you look, you see homeless living on the streets and asking for money. Some claim to be veterans, while some of them actually are. 1 in 5 homeless are veterans, some are homeless by circumstance while others are homeless by choice. Some lost everything when they came home from war because they didnt know how to adapt and some even took their own lives because they lost hope. Homeless veterans tend to be male (91 percent), single (98 percent), live in a city (76 percent), and have a mental and/or physical disability (54 percent). Black veterans are substantially overrepresented among homeless veterans, comprising 39 percent of the total homeless veteran population but only 11 percent of the total veteran population.
We Got Your Six understands that some of them want to get off the streets, but they dont always have access to the resources they need because the homeless shelters dont always have the manpower or have to many homeless to try and help. A lot of shelters just provide food, shelter, and clothing. They have job boards where people can go to look for jobs, but some of the homeless dont even know how to write a resume or have been homeless so long they have forgotten how to do a proper interview.
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program and HUD-VASH are good programs, then you have the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program under the Department of Labor assists homeless veterans with employment skills and job searches. Just because you have all these programs doesnt mean people know HOW to gain access to them. There are more people that need these resources than there are people to help guide them on the right path.
Our program is designed to take the homeless veterans out of the shelter and help EMPOWER them and give them tools for success so that they can get off the streets and hopefully stay off the streets. Financial management and budgeting, resume building and job interview classes, assistance with finding jobs, finding affordable housing that will be within the budget that they develop with the financial advisors. The difference between our programs and some of the other programs out there, one of our founding members was actually a homeless veteran. Therefore, he has real world knowledge of the situation and can relate with the veterans on a personal level where most wont be able to. Our Executive Director David Jordan was in a shelter with 90 other veterans and had a chance to listen to their stories and see how the system fails first hand. Using David's real world experience helped develop the programs and process for working with and helping the homeless veterans.
WE GOT YOUR SIX IS NOT A HOMELESS SHELTER.............ITS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A FEW HOMELESS VETERANS TO CHANGE THEIR LIVES. ONE DAY AT A TIME......