Reaching the “Unreachable”
While VA and other systems of care offer a broad range of services to improve the lives of our at-risk veterans, because of many veterans’ lack of access, inability, or failure to engage in services, these life-saving benefits are often not used by a population that needs it most. These are the cases that “fall through the cracks,” with the most tragic consequences.
Mobile Veteran Outreach (MVO) fixes that crack in the system by delivering one-on-one personalize outreach and engagement activities directly to the locations where this target population lives.
Our “Secret Weapon”
A formerly homeless veteran (now university-certified in psychology/substance abuse disorders) leads the MVO outreach team. Having “lived the life,” and sharing the same experiences, he has developed a far deeper understanding of homeless veterans’ psychology… and a “sixth sense” for how to successfully interact with this population. No clinical staff or social services provider could have this unique ability to reach and engage veterans into services, or assess their needs.
The MVO Director and his service dog, Leo, drive directly to homeless encampments, gathering spots, tents, freeway overpasses, and alleys, as well as engaging homeless persons individually on the street, where he can directly engage veterans regarding their earned benefits and a range of services to change their trajectory from negative to positive. The outreach, benefits, services, counseling, and all other assistance is free of charge.
Why It Matters
Many veterans simply do not have the means, mobility, sobriety, or mental focus to physically access benefits and services that would greatly improve (or often save) their life. Homeless veterans on the streets are by far the most difficult to serve. They routinely decline contact or services from social services, law enforcement, or faith-based organizations. The vast majority (90%+) are below accepted low-Income, poverty, and “high-risk” thresholds.
But these veterans are also at the highest risk of having significant problems with physical and mental health, substance abuse, injury, and violence. They are the hardest to reach, the hardest to serve, have the poorest quality of life, and are at the highest risk of premature death. MVO saves lives.