April 23, 2014   23 Nisan 5774
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Interested in learning more about why Tempro has undertaken housing and case management for homeless veterans? "Coming Home to Caring Communities: A Blueprint for Serving Veterans and Families" was just published and is available as a free download. (Just google that title. I recommend printing it for easy reading and further reference). Written by former President and CEO of Veterans Outreach Center, Ret. Col. James McDonough, this is a highly readable manual explaining step by step how the veterans we will be serving will be helped.

The Presidents of Tempro, Veterans Outreach Center, and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which details our mutual relationships so that we will be fully prepared for the first veterans moving in to their own apartments scheduled for the end of the year. The MOU is an integral part of the "blueprint"

VOC presently provides transitional supportive housing for veterans both in their own apartment buildings with resident social workers, and in veterans' own apartments scattered throughout the South Wedge Neighborhood. The Tempro program, primarily funded by HUD, will provide permanent supportive housing for those veterans who have encountered homelessness, and who have a diagnosed disability, be it PTSD, TBI, Depression or other mental illness, or physical disability. There is no specified time limit, they will be able to stay in these apartments until they feel they are ready to move on to independent living. This fills an important gap in the resources that are now available in Rochdster. We got into this because no other agency was doing so, the federal money was available for this important effort, and the VOC was able to commit to providing the case management, funded by HUD and Tempro.

Reading the "Blueprint" may motivate some TBK members to volunteer, as hundreds of Rochester citizens have done, at the VOC.

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