Veterans Transition House

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Veterans Transition House

Contact: Kelli Munroe

Address: 20 Willis Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone: (508)992-5313 x32

E-mail: kelli@vetshouse.org

Website: www.vetshouse.org ; vetshouse.wordpress.com

Facebook: Veterans House

Twitter: @VeteransHouse

Instagram: Veterans Transition House

We are a volunteer host site and volunteer coordinator organization!

Background

The Veterans Transition House (VTH) helps homeless and at-risk veterans and their families in the Massachusetts South Coast area. We provide shelter and services, with a special focus on healing from substance abuse and learning new life skills.
The VTH is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit , founded in 1990 by a group of Vietnam veterans and community leaders who recognized the vital need for housing and supportive services for area homeless and at-risk veterans—especially those tackling substance abuse—on the Massachusetts South Coast. Our goal is the rehabilitation, self-sufficiency and reintegration of each veteran into the community. It's our belief that the veterans we serve seek a hand up, not a hand-out.
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Since that time, VTH has grown to provide 45 short-term beds with accompanying stabilization services—and 27 "graduate level" transitional single bedroom units within four houses in the community. In tandem with the provision of safe, sober housing, VTH provides offers an broad array of supportive services designed to provide a strong foundation for each veteran's recovery and rehabilitation. These include one-on-one case management, relapse prevention, drug and alcohol education, nutrition and health counseling, anger management, arts therapy, and job training and placement. VTH also offers in-house computer training. It is the only organization of its kind in the area.
Since its inception, VTH has provided over 2,500 formerly-homeless veterans with housing and specialized supportive services. Last year, VTH provided much-needed housing and services to 96 male veterans in need.
Our dedicated staff of 23, which includes case workers and addictions counselors, stay connected to the community through memberships in area task forces and committees. We partner with numerous city and state service providers to provide optimum resources for our veterans. Our Board of Directors meets monthly. VTH receives and manages federal funding from the US Departments of HUD and the VA, and is proud to receive "clean" independent audits yearly.
Our Mission is to provide hope for homeless veterans in a safe, sober, supportive residence and to assist those who desire to achieve rehabilitation, self-sufficiency, and community reintegration.

Volunteer Opportunities

Veterans Transition House has residents looking for volunteer opportunities, if you have a volunteer project please contact Kelli Munroe at kelli@vetshouse.org or (508)992-5313 x32. We also have volunteers who work in the organization, please find a listing of different volunteer positions below.
Cyber Deputy - Do you love using Facebook, Twitter and other social media? Would you like to use your knowledge to help veterans? Becoming one of our cyber deputies might just be your perfect opportunity! Flexible hours and the ability to work from home or on your phone make this job a great fit for any modern marketer.
Driver - If you have a Massachusetts State license and are interested in driving local veterans to their doctor appointments, please contact us. Our residents will be very appreciative.
Event Planning - VTH holds annual fundraisers and community events. You can help assist us with planning, managing and promoting these events. It's a great way to make a difference and meet people in the community.
Resident Events - Do you love a good birthday party? Want to go out in nature and talk a walk? Maybe planning residents' events is a good fit for you. Come by and meet our residents and staff!
Teach a Class - Do you have a skill that you would like to share? If you have teaching experience, we would love for you to come teach your skill to our residents.
Donation Drive - VTH keeps a monthly updated wish list of items that our clients need. Fill out a donation drive form and collect items at your work, school, or social club. VTH staff and residents will be ever-grateful.
Improvement Agent- Assist VTH with facility improvements like painting, cleaning, yard work, and other critical projects.
Visit a Vet - The New Bedford community has a large number of elderly veterans who could use a friendly face from time to time. If you have free time and want to make a friend, please consider participating in our visit a vet program.
Veterans Transition House Ambassador - Are you passionate about the issues veterans face in our community and excited about the programs VTH has to offer veterans? Spread your fire by becoming a VTH Ambassador and giving presentation at events and schools about veterans' issues. We'll provide you with information, statistics and research opportunities to help you tell the community about our services.
Have something else in mind?
We welcome input from interested volunteers contact us and let us help you make your idea a reality. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Kelli Munroe, VISTA Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator, at (508)992-5313 x32 or by email at volunteer@vetshouse.org.

Testimonials

Angie's Volunteer Story:
My volunteer experiences are very worthwhile. I spend time with so many people that make me feel so appreciated. I first thought volunteering would be a great way to give back without realizing that it truly is two sided. My helping so many has in turn helped me. I was somewhat shy and felt “what do I have to offer men that served our country?” I haven't seen combat, or served in a war, would they even relate to a civilian. Let me say the men at VTH are respectful and true gentlemen.  They make me feel right at home and needed at Veteran's Transition House.    
I’ve helped landscape a few of the historic graduate homes, cooked for one of the houses, taught knitting, and raised funds through a cycling event. I also contacted Sue Chaves from Home Depot—she has been generous donating building kits for the men and providing all the paint and brushes they need so I can volunteer at VTH.  It is amazing that the community is willing to help with whatever idea I have and lend a helping hand.  
     The park is nearby, and it is so awesome seeing these men play basketball with each other as well as the many youths that hang out here.  They are role models for youths, playing a game with those that are fatherless, or might be heading down the wrong path.  Simply put, I walk with the men to the park and see these men having a positive impact on our youth.  
I see such greatness in them, and continue enjoying volunteering as they give others so much, without realizing just how powerful they are and their impact on society.
 There are many ways to volunteer: just show up, and show support for their cribbage tournament or whatever event they’re having.  Kelli Monroe, The VISTA Volunteer Coordinator, has helped me so much.  She will listen to my ideas, offer hands-on assistance, and show encouragement.  Anyone will find a way to connect to these men and this program.  Everyone at Veteran's Transition House values the support of having a volunteer program. 

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