Stand Down at Linn Benton Community College

September 21, 2017 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

 

“Albany – United States Navy Veteran Kevin Rose, 68, and his wife of Halsey were living out of a car in 2015. The veteran, who served in Vietnam as a gunner’s mate, set his sights on finding a way out of their situation. Rose contacted Community Services Consortium (CSC), where he not only was assisted with housing, but also learned about the area’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event.

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans is a nationwide movement locally coordinated by CSC in which businesses, agencies, and community partners offer services and items to homeless and low-income veterans. However, all veterans are encouraged to participate. This year, the third annual event will be held September 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, in Albany. This is a change of venue from Lebanon in years past.

“We decided to move to Albany to be closer to I-5, also Benton County,” said Dina Eldridge, CSC Housing Services Manager. “We just think most of the VA (Veterans Administration) providers are based in Albany. We just hope we get a bigger turnout since it is easier to find.””

(Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, Blog)

 

As stated in the ODVA article, “Last year 93 veterans, including Rose, attended the event where 56 agencies and organizations offered a hand up such as: mental health and addiction counseling; employment; VA health insurance opportunities; dental van; Samaritan Health Service health screenings; clothing; hygiene products; housing through CSC; camping gear from the Department of Defense; IDs with”

 

“This year’s stand down will be held at LBCC. This event will NOT have military surplus from DOD. If you have supplies stored from other stand downs, please let us know. Donations of warm clothing for all ages and genders, shoes, blankets, toiletries, sleeping bags, tents, coats, slickers, and any other clean, useable items are needed to keep our less fortunate citizens warm and dry throughout their time of need. At this time, you will need to collect and store these items until a suitable storage area can be found. If anyone has a storage unit available that can be utilitied until September 21, please let us know.”

(Evansi)

 

They are looking for items to be donated to help homeless veterans and a temporary storage area to store the items to be given out at the Stand Down

VA Facility Cuts Beds, Focuses on Rehab and Reintegration

White City, Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC)

"Local Veterans Affairs officials have had their hands full for the past year, changing the culture of the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics from a home for aging soldiers to a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility." (Associated Press)

The change was mandated by new federal regulations and is part of a new evidence-based practices and treatment programs. VA Officials have already noted substantial progress. The facility's graduation rate has improved from 55 percent to 80 percent in a one year period. The White City or SORCC was first opened in 1949 and was convert into a treatment facility in 1995. It is the largest free-standing treatment facility in the country. In fact it is the last of the large residential VA facilities to be redesigned. Older buildings that were not earth quake compliant have been torn down and new buildings constructed.  VA officials stated that no one was displaced with the downsizing or the construction. VA officials expect to serve up to 1,250 veterans in the upcoming year.

In the past veterans would participate in one treatment program leaving them to much idle time that was not socially good for them or their treatment program. At this time veterans participate in multiple programs. The facility not only has substance abuse treatment programs but also a program for homeless veterans. A veteran can obtain a paid job while on campus participating in their treatment programs and upon graduation will have a nest egg saved up to help them transition into the outside world.

At this time a new improved admission process is in place which allows veterans to participate in more than one treatment program at a time. A veteran who arrives with nothing more than the clothes on their back will receive new clothing and a private room while participating in the treatment programs.

 

VA Rehabilitation Facility, White City, OR

Article: The Register-Guard

Article: US News