Services for American Veterans
Through our wrap-around services, innovative best-practices, and restorative support, IFS will help reintegrate and transition veterans to society and reconnect them to the people and things that matter most. Our work will bring veterans in from homelessness and despair and to help restore their lives to honor they have earned through their service and sacrifice.
Comprehensive bridge housing services include:
- Bridge Housing – moving homeless veterans to permanent and sustainable housing by providing supportive services that help them develop the skills and knowledge to maintain their own independent homes.
- Access to IFS rooftop garden for outdoor time on the premises
- Length of stay will be determined by the Veterans’ Administration
- Security: 24-hour exterior surveillance cameras and 24-hour interior on-site security staff.
- Intake and Assessment – Conducted within 48 hours of contact a clinical intake and assessment will be completed. This includes a psychosocial assessment, determines immediate and more long-term service needs e.g. presenting problem, mental health status, substance abuse status, support system. It will include input from the resident and family members and/or significant others.
- Service Plan will be created and based upon the residents’ strengths. The service plan will address the residents needs such as life skills training, therapy, vocational training
- Case Management: We will monitor and manage residents individualized service plans to ensure that they are receiving the services indicated in their service plans. This includes helping them access social security benefits and other benefits, counseling, and medical service as needed. In addition, plans will be modified as needed.
- Mental and Emotional Health Services: provide individual, family and/or group therapy
- Physical Health Services: provide referral for a physical exam and ensure indicated protocols are provided e.g. medication, follow-up examinations.
- Vocational Training: improve and/or strengthen employability skills e.g. resume writing, job search, importance of punctuality, enroll in vocational training programs, enroll in other post-secondary educational programs.
- Family Reconnection/Reunification: family counseling, family bonding activities e.g. family outings, family nights at the facility.
- Cultural and Recreational Activities: planned trips to museums, NJPAC, the Prudential Center, movie theaters, sporting events.
- Community Engagement: discuss what means to be part of a community and the importance of helping to improve one’s community through voluntary community service activities.
Life Skills training will be focused on all life domains/areas:
- Family and relationships: assistance with reconnecting with family or learning how to improve dynamics such as managing family disagreements or conflict resolution and more interpersonal management.
- Mental and emotional health: help residents understand the importance of accepting professional help for mental and/or emotional problems
- Physical health: helping residents learn the importance of a healthy life style such as the importance of regular exercise and healthy eating, planning and preparing healthy meals, and more.
- Educational and vocational: help residents understand the importance of getting vocational training for a trade that will lead to employment with career advancement opportunities or enrolling in college
- Financial literacy: helping residents learn how manage their finances by assisting them with to planning a budget and helping them see the importance of living within their means and saving money.
- Legal issues: referrals to legal services to resolve existing legal issues e.g. outstanding traffic violations or parking tickets; outstanding child support payments.
- Spiritual wellbeing: explore importance of finding the means to explore and nurture one’s inner spirit/being and to find ways to lessen stress.
- Cultural: explore importance of having positive and enjoyable leisure time activities
Referrals to IFS Veteran’s Program will come from various sources, including:
- Veteran’s Administration
- Community Agencies
- IFS outreach