Brother Sir Knight John Bolger reported on the needs of the veterans community within our area at the General Meeting on March 15. Reproduced her are the needs that we ask brother knights to provide for those veterans in need. Bring any donations to the next council meeting on April 19 or contact John Bolger.
Wilmington VA Health Care Center Needs List
The Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program serves our homeless Veterans by assisting them to get off the street and into their own apartment. The HUD-VASH program has stated they have a need to help former homeless Veterans that have recently moved into their new home. On average for every six homeless Veteran: five are male and one is female.
To help our homeless Veterans that have moved into their new place, the VA would like to help these individuals keep their homes nice and clean. We are looking to give these Veterans a laundry basket or a mop pail filled with the following items:
- Bottle of Spray Cleaner
- Bottle of Dish Soap
- Container of Laundry Soap
- Box of Fabric Softener Sheets
- Dust Pan
- Floor Mop
- Toilet Bowl Brush
- Paper Towel
Our Veterans could use the following items for their own personal hygiene:
- Bars of Soap
Our other program is the Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM). this program is assisting Veterans meet treatment goals established by the Veteran and their provider. Veterans who qualify to be in this program having been diagnosed with at least one of these severe and mental illness (i.e., Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Severe PTSD, or other Psychosis) and are unable to maintain independent living nor are they able to participate in necessary treatment without intensive support.
One of the goals of the treatment is to help them become independent and to interact in social settings. The MHICM program has shared with me their needs. It is as follows:
- Trips/outings which may require admission to: i.e., Aquarium, museums, special events, tours, movies, bowling, etc.
- Lunch outings to local restaurants
- Snacks/beverages for planned group activities
- Providing holiday or special event parties
- Recognition of veteran's birthdays (i.e., cupcake, candy or take out to lunch)
- Psychosocial programmatic items (i.e., games, puzzles, etc.)
- A "Token Economy" or Contingency Management items that could be used to help acknowledge the Veteran reaching their set treatment goals (i.e. small gift cards, prizes, etc.)
Any assistance would be GREATLY appreciated!!!