NamVets has a New Name! We're now Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center, founded by the NamVets Association. We have been providing service to all veterans since 1983. Now in our 30th year we have become the portal for veterans' service for Cape Cod and the Islands. Networking and partnering with key agencies we are able to provide more inclusive and better services for our homeless veterans (both men and women) who are in need of: housing, employment, medical or psychological services. We are seeking to become an agency providing permanent supportive housing for veterans and their families.
There are over 76,000 homeless veterans on the streets of America today. Many are from the Vietnam era, but many are returning Iraqi Afghani Veterans. Statistics show that it tooksix years for the Vietnam Veteran to become homeless but only one year for the Iraqi/Afghani vet to become homeless.
Statistics show there are some four thousand Massachusetts veterans who are homeless and we estimate there are some one hundred and fifty homeless veterans on Cape Cod. About three percent are women.
Many are suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Many self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.
The NamVets/Veterans' Outreach Center is in the fore-front of trying to help our homeless veterans by trying to get them into treatment programs and transitional housing - into permanent supportive housing by working with the Veteran's Administration (VA) and their Veteran's Administration Support Housing (VASH) program along with other key agencies here on Cape Cod and our sister agencies across Massachusetts.
Truly, no United States Veteran, who served in our armed forces, should be homeless in America.
The Grace Veterans Center will be a general wellness center through which veterans and their families can access accurate identification of the services to facilitate their reintegration into civilian life, be it their physical, psychological, educational, financial or vocational needs.
The identified services will conform to a Complimentary Alternative Medicine (CAM) paradigm, and their goal will be the holistic healing of the mind, body and spirit of the veteran.
The target date to bring this faciity on line is projected in March of 2013. We will keep you posted if any changes develop that will delay the opening. Check out our progress to date!
Last year the Nam Vets Food Pantry served, the equivalent of, over 47,000 meals to the, almost seven hundred enrolled veterans and their families.
This represents about a 40% increase in the number of veterans we have served during the past two years.
Located at Nam Vets Association building at 569 Main Street, veterans may receive food twice monthly.
Supporters of our Food Pantry include the following contributors: