Employment-focused Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in Colorado Springs

militaryRocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) will be hosting a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in the Colorado Springs area Wednesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E Kiowa St.

The Stand Down, — funded by the U.S. Department of Labor — focuses specifically on connecting homeless veterans to resources and services to obtain stable housing, remove barriers to employment and ultimately secure employment.

The employment-focused Stand Down is an extension of the work RMHS is already doing in Colorado Springs and across the state to serve veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. RMHS, a nonprofit organization, serves homeless veterans in the region through two complementary programs: Veteran Employment Services (VES) and Homes for All Veterans (HAV).

The HAV program began in October 2011 with a Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. HAV focuses on placing homeless and at-risk veterans and their families into safe, stable housing and addressing the root causes of homelessness.

The VES program provides job readiness training and employment assistance to homeless veterans in El Paso County through a Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, the VES program encompasses RMHS’ work throughout the state in administering the Colorado ReHire Program, which provides employment assistance and subsidized employment.

The RMHS hosted Stand Down will connect homeless veterans to various community resources to resolve housing issues and address barriers to employment, such as mental and physical health and legal issues. Clothing donations, haircut vouchers and other necessities will also be available for attendees.

The highlight of the Stand Down will be a series of interactive 45-minute workshops taking place throughout the day, which will feature presentations by RMHS staff and representatives from the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Veterans Service Organization and Veterans Administration. The workshops will allow attendees to learn more in-depth about services and support available through these organizations and ask questions.

Representatives from RMHS and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will also be on hand throughout the day to help veterans register on the center’s job database and to provide tips on resume writing, job searching and more.

Government officials expected to attend the RMHS Stand Down are Richard Sandrock, deputy director of Community Partnerships, office of the governor; Aaron Torrez, office of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D, Colorado; and Greg Dorman, legislative liaison, Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Rocky Mountain Human Services (RMHS) specializes in human services expertise to improve the health, self-sufficiency and overall quality of life for more than 7,500 people in Colorado who face challenges from developmental delays, cognitive and intellectual impairments, brain injuries, aging or social conditions. RMHS’ mission is to “Serve humanity, provide opportunity and encourage a world of compassion and hope.”

By providing resources, care coordination, training, direct services and technical expertise to individuals, families, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, Rocky Mountain Human Services delivers unsurpassed human services to the western region of the United States. For more information on Rocky Mountain Human Services visit: www.rmhumanservices.org.

RMHS Military & Veteran Programs (MVP) assists active duty military personnel and Veterans with a variety of services to enhance their physical and mental well-being, ease their transition to civilian life, and restore their pride.

Each program offered by RMHS has different eligibility requirements, depending upon the needs being addressed and the requirements of the entity requiring funding. RMHS is adept at serving those who are experiencing profound challenges, such as those who are homeless or suffering from visible or invisible wounds. For more information on RMHS military and veteran programs visit: www.rmhumanservices.org/mvp.