Veterans Services

Housing for Veterans

According to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is estimated that nearly 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night and nearly 400,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. Veterans account for 23% of all homeless people in America, with 45% suffering from mental illness, and half having substance abuse problems. More than 67% served our country for at least three years and 33% were stationed in a war zone.

While the veteran’s in our transitional housing program receive the same services as other clients, we work to provide more specialized services that meet their unique needs. We collaborate with the VA in Spokane to provide case management that incorporates mental, physical, and substance abuse health services to better help these veterans succeed in obtaining and keeping permanent housing.

Veterans Counseling & Service Center

Please note: As of July 1, 2016 all veterans requiring service must show a copy of their DD214. Link to: VA Forms

St. Vincent de Paul’s Veterans Service Center aids veterans and their families in their times of need, as well as helps with any concerns regarding educational benefits and entitlements. Veterans can receive the same services that our non-veteran homeless and low-income clients receive, such as emergency assistance, food, shelter, and housing; however, we will also provide assistance with other V.A. related items. A Case Manager copies veterans related documents, provides secretarial help with V.A. communication, assists an unemployed veteran with a job search, and maintains a file of their important documents. Transportation to the V.A. medical center in Spokane for medical treatment is also available.

Please note: As of July 1, 2016 all veterans requiring service must show a copy of their DD214. Link to: VA Forms

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Veterans’ Stand Down

VETERANS STAND DOWN CELEBRATES THE FAMILY

The Veterans Stand Down has been assisting veterans with housing, services, food and clothing for the last 24 years.  The tradition will continue at the 2018 North Idaho Stand Down on May 12, 2018.  It will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and was open to all veterans and their families.

The mission of the Stand Down is to help homeless veterans connect with services needed to improve their present living situation.  Since every veteran needing assistance is not always homeless the event strives to help those with specific needs, which sometimes means providing assistance to the family.  The rationale behind this effort is that if you help even one family member you are still helping the veteran.  The Veterans Stand Down now provides activities for children of all ages.  There are games and activities all geared for the families and children.  One exciting addition for this year is Equine Therapy provided by Blue Moon Therapy, which will give kids and their parents a chance to ride and interact with horses.  This new emphasis of helping the family continues even after the Stand Down.  Funds donated from the event are used to assist families throughout the year.

Veterans Stand Down Chair, Eric Swanbeck, tells of one such family that was able to get assistance from the Stand Down this past year and made a big impact on their lives.  The husband was out of work and struggling with mental health issues related to his deployment.  The wife works for a local health care provider, but due to her husband’s loss of work her income alone must support their three children.  Their only need was assistance with the utility bill, but with the help of the Veterans Stand Down and other veteran organizations their utility bill was paid, he found full time work and got enrolled in the new wellness program through WITH Performance.  The Stand Down sees many veterans throughout the year with similar needs and strives to help each and every one.

Community partners are always needed to help with the event.  If you want to participate as a service provider, volunteer or make a donation please call Eric Swanbeck, Stand Down Chair, at 208-664-3095, extension 314.

2018 Veterans Stand Down Sponsors

American Legion – Arrow Construction Supply-Avista, Buck Knives, Eileen Bagan, Cannon Hill Industries, Charles & Carol Cardarelli -Custom Den-DAV –

 Elks Post – 1254 – Fernan Rod & Gun –Food Services of America – Hauser Lake Rod & Gun – Humana – Idaho Forest Group – Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office –

LA Aluminum – Lake City Rental – Marine Corp League –Nickel’s Worth – Northwest Golfer’s Association – Pepsico – Rathdrum Grange – Red Hot Mamas –

 Ruby Frog Entertainment – Starbucks –STCU – SYSCO –Bill Sturgeon –St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho –Texas Road House –USAA – USSVI – SUB Vets –

 VFW – Post 889

 

 2018 Service Providers 

AARP, American Red Cross, Azure Salon,  Christ the King Lutheran Church, Department of Veterans Affairs, Disability Action Center, Elks, Generations Dental, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Heritage Health, Hospice of North Idaho, Humanix, Idaho Division Of Veteran Services, Integrated Personnel Inc., Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Kootenai Health, Lake City Mortgage,Lowes, NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness, NewbyGinnings, New Horizons,  North Idaho College, Northern Idaho Crisis Center, NW Recumbent Cycles,  Panhandle Health District, Path Project, Shalom Enterprise, SHIBA, Silverwood, Snip & Sew, Spokane Veterans Home, Spokane Vet Center, Sport Clips, Survivor Support Group,  Tedder Industries, USAA, Veterans Outreach Spokane Center, Veterinary Services, Vet Garage, VFW Post 889, Washington Veterans Affairs, Winco Foods, Wreaths Across America, Young Living Essential Oil, Real Life Ministries, Humana,     Civil  Deputy Attorney, Inland Empire Vets United, Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Gidian Bible,   American Legion 241, Kroc Center, Geek Soldier Tech., Melanie Green-Optomotrist