The Union Gospel Mission has provided services to homeless veterans for as long as we’ve been around. That need has sufficiently increased to the point that UGM has entered into a partnership with the Veteran’s Administration to house up to 40 homeless veterans. These vets live in a transitional living environment that’s located in the Calvert Place Men’s Shelter.
UGM VA Per Diem Program has three goals:
These goals are achieved through:
- Crisis stabilization
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Case Management
- Transportation and clothing assistance
- Faith based counseling (upon request)
Michael Bratcher, the first veteran to enter this program says: “I am humbled, appreciative and grateful. My service was during Vietnam when many people, including some of our own family members, opposed the war. When we returned, many of us were alone at the airports. To now be viewed in a positive light is gratifying. We thank those who appreciate our service, because the price of freedom is always high.”
THINGS TO NOTE:
- All prospective participants must be approved and referred to the program by the VA North Texas Healthcare System Comprehensive Homeless Center
- UGM VA Per Diem Program began operations in February, 2009
- Length of UGM VA Per Diem Program is up to two years
- UGM VA Per Diem Program offers transitional living and support services
All services are given in addition to room and board.
ELIGIBILITY: Single male veterans who were discharged under honorable conditions.
Local information can be obtained by contacting:
UGM VA Per Diem Program Manager
Additional info on the VA Per Diem Program can be obtained at www.va.gov/homeless/GPD.asp
Cell Phones for Soldiers and AT&T partnered together to donate cell phones and talk time to UGM veterans to use to find jobs and keep in touch with family while they stay here. In addition to the donation, about 50 people volunteered their time at the Mission to clean, organize, and serve lunch to our residents. Click here to watch Fox 4’s news item about this event.