Veteran homelessness is an issue that plagues our society, leaving those who have served our country without stable housing. But stories like Brian’s remind us of the power of organizations like Goodwill in making a difference. Discover how together, we can help change the lives of veterans who face the harsh reality of homelessness.
Brian served his time in the military. After completing his time, he joined civilian life again. He still had a passion for helping others. So, he decided to study in the medical field and work toward becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
A Veteran in Need
He enrolled at Spokane Community College to help him further his education and get certified. But things weren’t financially stable for him. The cost of schooling put him in a tough position. He had already sacrificed a lot. And he learned that he would have to continue to sacrifice if he wanted to move forward with his education.
While Brian was in EMT school, he lived in his car. So, on top of having to focus on his studies, he also had to stay vigilant for his safety. This took an emotional toll on him. He knew he needed help, and he was desperate to achieve his goal of graduating.
Goodwill’s Involvement and Support
Then, an outreach specialist from Goodwill’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) discovered Brian living in his car. The specialist told him about the support the SSVF program offers to homeless veterans. SSVF offers case management and supportive services to prevent the imminent loss of a Veteran’s home. And they help find a new, more stable housing situation for Veterans and their families. They have a large focus on rapid rehousing.
Brian knew this was the support that he needed. So, he met with a housing specialist at the SSVF office in Spokane. There, he enrolled in the program. He and the specialist worked together to find immediate stable housing. Once Brian found housing, SSVF helped him with move-in costs. And they helped enroll him in a rental assistance program that would cover half of his rental costs for up to two years. This was just the hand up he needed to start getting back on his feet.
Since getting help from Goodwill, Brian has gained stability. He successfully graduated from Spokane Community College and is on his next step to becoming an EMT. He is grateful for the support and newfound independence. “I reached out to my nation when they needed me in Iraqi Freedom. Now, years later when I was at war [with my struggles], my nation reached out to me.”
Join us in making a difference in the lives of homeless veterans like Brian. Donate to Goodwill today and help provide housing stability, support, and resources to those who have served our country. Together, we can ensure that no veteran is left without a place to call home. Make your impact now!