BENEFITING: LIGHTHOUSE TREATMENT CENTER
Life on the streets is tough. And by the time many of our homeless veterans enter in the LightHouse Social Service Centers transitional living program for homeless veterans, there are many issues that need to be dealt with before the veteran can achieve their goals of residential stability, increased income and greater self-determination.
Healthcare, mental health, alcohol and/or drug dependence issues are not only barriers in and of themselves, they also create legal, financial and other issues that must be dealt with. At LightHouse Social Service Centers we believe in intensive case management. From the day a homeless veteran enters our program, they meet with a case manager to begin work on these difficult issues. And together we begin the hard work of putting a life back together.
At LightHouse Social Service Centers, we are blessed in having a van that enables us to take our veterans to their many appointments. Whether it is to the doctor, probation, community organizations or many of the other destinations we make sure our veterans get to all of these important appointments. And it is by doing this one simple thing that has made us such a success in the two and a half years we have been open. Yet this one simple thing is not cheap. And we need your help.
By helping us put gas into the van, we are helping us get our veterans not only to their critical appointment, but more importantly, along that journey back into the community. So whether you can donate a gallon or a full tank ($125) you can rest assured that you have done your part in assisting one of our country’s veterans in rebuilding their life.
A Little About LightHouse
Lighthouse Social Service Centers in Moreno Valley is dedicated to enhancing lives and building strong, sustainable communities throughout Riverside County. The Lighthouse Social Service Centers Transitional Living Program is the flagship program in our center and serves American veterans in Riverside County.
Goals of Transitional Living Program
Through the Transitional Living Program, up to 12 veterans are housed in our facility and work on a case management plan to fulfill 3 primary goals as outlined by the VA:
Secure stable housing
Increase skills and income
Achieve greater self-determination
The Transitional Living Program is a peer-support oriented program in which residents live in a drug and alcohol free environment. Each veteran in the program shares a 2 bedroom/2bathroom apartment with 3 other veteran. Each veteran is responsible for maintaining their apartment home, in addition to securing food and preparing meals. There are also facilities for veteran with physical limitations. Staff and a live-in manager are on-site each day to work with veteran.
Available Services for Veteran
While living in transitional housing, veteran receive a variety of health services including medical, dental and mental health services through the VA Loma Linda Medical Center. Furthermore, local health professionals conduct group programs onsite on health topics ranging from diabetes prevention to nutrition and exercise. Our staff also conducts required group programs which include but are not limited to:
Money Management/Budgeting for Life and Time Management
Nutrition and Healthy Living
W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
Personal Goals and Development for Veteran
In addition to health services, we also assist veteran in obtaining a California ID card or Driver’s License, personal documentation such as social security cards and DD214s and ultimately the resources they need to obtain benefits. Employment, vocational and educational support and assistance are available for each veteran in the program.
Services are not limited to merely caring for physical and mental needs. We recognize that each veteran has unique goals and aspirations. We work with our veteran to assist them in realizing their personal goals whether it be volunteering in the community or re-connecting with their family.
For more information on our programs for American veterans please contact Karyn Young-Lowe, MSW at (951) 807-3449 or KarynYL@LightHouse-ssc.org