Volunteer opportunity posted by: Columbus House, Inc.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Columbus House, Inc., through its Veterans Recovery Project, seeks to expand its current range of services offered to military veterans who are homeless, unemployed, or in need of health or legal services.
The Veterans Recovery Project, an AmeriCorps/VISTA project sponsored by Columbus House, Inc., provides services to veterans in the New Haven area. VISTA members, working at several host sites, are enabling these sites to offer services regarding employment; legal assistance for housing, health benefits, and family problems; and the stigma that often attaches to veterans in the public perception, a stigma that compromises veterans' efforts to secure assistance for the very problems that beset them.
Columbus House serves those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering personal growth and independence. Its clients include veterans, whose numbers have grown annually, from 5% in 2008 to 18% in 2012. Columbus House's Veterans Recovery Project helps veterans to find employment; eliminate internalized stigma; increase utilization of VA services; retain pro bono help for court cases involving housing, insurance, and family problems; find health services; and secure emergency shelter and transitional housing. Finally, the project will help qualifying veterans to eliminate their homelessness through the Habitat for Heroes program, which builds homes for deserving veterans.
VISTA Leader Duties: Applicants for this position must have completed one year of AmeriCorps/VISTA service. Military veterans are encouraged to apply. To enhance the efficiency of the Veterans Recovery Project, the VISTA leader will
Necessary Skills: Communications, Community Organization, Conflict Resolution, Computers/Internet, Military Veteran preferred
Accepting Applications through 3/15/2013
For information on how to apply for this position through the AmeriCorps website, contact Bruce Markot, Columbus House Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.