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After a year of ground pounding, befriending, assisting and advocating for our brother and sister Veterans that were, and still are residing in the woods, founders Lloyd Thorne and Helen Shaut brought the Veterans Organization of Resource and Recovery for the Homeless into existence. No Longer will these veterans have to endure this existence alone. V.O.R.R.H. reaches out within the community utilizing all the resources that are available to support its efforts not only making a difference, but enhancing the growth and development of the reintegration of our Homeless Veterans into the mainstream of society.
These efforts initially began with Lloyd and Helen receiving the assistance of many Veterans Organizations in the lake county area, specifically the Vietnam Veterans of America chapter 1026, to identify and assist the homeless veteran's population . We currently rely on all community efforts and support for the further growth and commitment to our homeless veterans. Thank you to all who donate to v.o.r.r.h. through monetary donations, material donations, and donations of your time. We greatly appreciate all of your support.
“We provide transitional housing, coordinate clinical facilities, and community based facilities to ensure homeless veterans reintegrate back into the mainstream of society.”
The Mission of V.O.R.R.H is to assist with the process of reintegration of homeless veterans by:
- Providing cutting-edge model services for homeless veterans through housing and clinical needs.
- Provide proper case management services to the homeless veterans while in the V.O.R.R.H. program so they may obtain:
(b) Veterans Administration Benefits Assistance
(c) Referrals to higher level of service providers as needed.
(d) Adequate transition and skills to independent housing & work upon completion of program
(e) After care
- Lead advocacy efforts to ensure services are provided by V.O.R.R.H. and other community based organizations and programs.
- Providing community education and resources on the services our Veterans have provided to our country, calling for the affirmation, the dignity and self worth that these veterans deserve.
- Ensure long-term financial stability through grants, donations and other fundraising efforts
- Lead a collaboration of providers, community organizations, and programs in Lake County, as well as the surrounding areas, which identify the services in need that are not provided currently.
Core Operating Values
· Respect & Care:
Each and every Veteran has served our United States military with honor and pride therefore we do the same for them. We encourage each person to take control over their life. We see through each homeless veteran’s eyes, look towards their future and help them to create a positive change that will accelerate their reintegration into the mainstream of society.
Knowing that homeless veterans come from all backgrounds, we promote the empowerment and dignity of all individuals. We respect and uphold all areas of diversity within our program that includes: gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age and disability, as well as, diversity of perspectives, and values. Respecting and fully benefiting from each individual’s unique qualities and abilities, V.O.R.R.H is able to see and strengthen our vision and mission. With our mission calling for affirming the dignity and worth of all people, V.O.R.R.H. will continue to assist homeless veterans and uphold its core values of Respect, Diversity, Accountability, Advocacy and State of the Art Practices.
· Accountability & Integrity:
V.O.R.R.H. will maintain the highest level of integrity in program services, outreach services, and administration; we will provide proper case management, cutting-edge model services and resources so that our homeless veterans are afforded the opportunity to reintegrate back into the mainstream of society. We will maintain all records as required by all financial contributors, government agencies and local homeless organizations.
V.O.R.R.H. advocates for the reintegration of homeless veterans to the mainstream of society through the use of cutting-edge model services, case management services, and by seeking the use of a higher level of service if needed. We educate the public providing community education and resources on the services our Veterans have provided to our country, calling for the affirmation, the dignity and self worth that these veterans deserve. With the need of this advocacy work for the foreseeable future, we provide our mission with thoughtful strategic choices to ensure sufficient financial resources are sought and accessed.
· State of the Art Practices:
V.O.R.R.H is a unique program design that offers residents with varying issues an opportunity to reconcile their lives. Our programs focus on building self-sustainability and facilitating recovery. We are able to do this through our wide partnerships and networks such as: Vietnam Veterans of America; National Guard Units; Workforce Florida; Local Military clubs; and the Rotary Clubs.
Veterans Organization of Resource and Recovery for the Homeless 501 (c)(3)