Georgia is home to 699,322 veterans. In a recent study, 58% of veterans surveyed in Georgia reported experiencing homelessness after their departure from the military. 65% report income less than $20,000 and 71% do not receive income from either pensions or retirement. Reintegrating into civilian life after serving in the military is often an overwhelming experience and many Veterans are unable to secure their benefits independently.
Catholic Charities’ Veteran Case Managers are dedicated to helping Veterans and their families navigate social service systems while securing all the benefits that they are entitled to. Our Veterans are also encouraged to participate in other supportive services that we offer and are taught the skills to maintain their autonomy going forward.
Our Veteran Case Management specialists are veterans or have extensive experience with Veteran issues. Each individual is assessed to see what their immediate needs may be.
- Comprehensive Assessment
- Individualized Service Plans
- Access to Higher Education, Employment and Training opportunities
- Mental Health Counseling
- Financial Assistance (rent, mortgage, or utilities)
- Financial Education
- Referrals to Community Resources
Many veterans do not receive VA benefits, as they are unaware of how to access them. Additionally, 86% of veterans do not receive public benefits such as food stamps, even though they are eligible. These numbers show a clear gap in veterans becoming self-sufficient and reintegrating back into civilian life. These stats tell the story as to why so many veterans experience homelessness.
Catholic Charities Atlanta’s staff help Veterans access appropriate public and VA benefits. These benefits help families stabilize their living situation, provide food for their families, and access medical care.
”Catholic Charities Veterans Services weren’t the only agency assisting me during my period of homelessness, but without them my family would not be in a warm, nice, two-bedroom apartment we can call home. I repeat, “my family would not be in a warm, nice, two-bedroom apartment we can call home”, if Catholic Charities Veterans Services had not assisted us. For me, Catholic Charities Chamblee Veterans Services is a God-send and blessing that I cannot express in words. Their assistance was invaluable, immeasurable and possibly life-saving.JohnNewnan, GA
Financial Education and Planning
Military members and veterans have lots of financial opportunities available to them but even still three in four military service members (77%, more than the national population) have some financial worries, most commonly a lack of savings to cover retirement or other needs.
Through CCA’s financial literacy workshops, Veterans learn:
-Create a Budget
-How Credit Works
-Tips for Building and Maintaining Good Credit
-Debt Management Strategies
Mental Health Counseling
Our community-based outpatient mental health and counseling services focus on the challenges families and individuals face in dealing with life transitions, unexpected tragedies, and mental health issues. The goal is to help clients gain the skills to effectively manage their issues and improve their ability to cope with life’s challenges.
We help veterans and their families by providing mental health counseling services or by helping them access VA mental health services.
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