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

Services & Events:

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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 23 years.  The tradition will continue at the 2017 North Idaho Stand Down on May 13, 2017.  It was 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.

Buy a Stand Down T-Shirt

$10

Available at the H.E.L.P. Center and at the Event.

2017 Veterans Stand Down Sponsors
American Legion Auxiliary #149 – American Legion – American Legion Riders – Avista – Bakery by the Lake – Bellevue Health Care – Blue Moon Mending – Buck Knives – Cannon Hill – Combat Veterans Motorcycle Assoc. – Kori & Albert Crook – DAV – Dept. of Veteran Affairs – CDA Elks Lodge 1254 – Food Services of America – Heritage Health – Don Keane -Kiwanis of CDA -Kootenai County Fairgrounds – Idaho Forest Group – Knights of Columbus – LA Aluminum – Lake City Rental – Marine Corp League – Nickels Worth – Pepsico – Rathdrum Grange – Ragan Equipment – Red Hot Mamas – Ruby Frog Entertainment – Shoshone Press – St. Vincent de Paul – StandOut Promotion – Starbucks – SuperCut Band Saw – Tam’s Traveling Toilets – Tidbits – Texas Road House –  Umpqua Bank – U-Rent – USSVI Farragut Base – VFW Post 889 – Waste Management – Eileen Bagan (Windsong Ranch) – Charles & Carol Cardarelli – Maj. Bernard & Elizabeth Fox – Richard Wright – William & Susan Sturgeon – USAA Insurance

2017 North Idaho Veterans Stand Down Stylists

Don Keane

Azure Salon

A Thin Line Barbershop

Sports Clips

If you need a haircut come on down and visits one of our stylists!

THANK YOU HAIR STYLISTS

FOR

YOUR CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO SERVE VETERANS IN OUR COMMUNITY