Madi's Safe Haven, Inc 501 (C) (3) Non profit Organization
Homelessness among women veterans is expected to rise as increasing numbers of women in the military reintegrate into their communities as veterans. Women currently make up 8% of the total veteran population and 14.6% of the active-duty military, increasing to an estimated 16% by 2035. The number of homeless women veterans has doubled from 1,380 in FY 2006 to 3,328 in FY 2010. While data systems for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) do not collect data on the risk factors contributing to female veteran homelessness, women veterans face unique challenges that increase their susceptibility to homelessness.
To address these immediate needs. MADIS’ SAFE HAVEN INC would like to begin a pilot program that will address the cultural shift from the formal processes of the military to the civilian processes of “Human Resource Development” that will assist in initiating measures for job placement through resource partners and the development of a veteran’s mentoring program that will allow veterans to provide assessments as one-to-one intake assessors. Because other veterans are more aware of and understand the military culture as well as the dynamics of war veterans are more likely to confide in another veteran who understands what they have been through, throughout their military careers. This model will allow:
Peer to Peer Assessments
Areas of confidence in the seeking of mental health counseling
The goal is to redirect the service members personal view of mental health
We will build upon the Human Resources Development Model, which is a set of systematic and planned activities designed to provide the service members with the opportunities to transition their skills and military cultural views to meet current and future job demands while addressing the veteran’s cognitive and mental needs in a setting.
Transitional mentoring program will address the following areas with the perspective of the re-integration into the civilian sector by engaging the following:
Training and development
Aligning military skill sets with civilian skill sets
Performance Appraisals Management
Career planning and development
Train to become small business owners
Community Referral Services
Veteran Family Referral Services
These access gaps translate into a substantial unmet need for care, our mission is to create an environment that provides choices, promote independence and provide guidance for reaching successful resolutions and a better quality of life, while restoring self-confidence and enabling service member and military families to cope with life changes.
VET AND FIREFIGHTER
United States Army Veteran
Professional FireFighter / Paramedic
Critical Incidence Stress Management (CISM)
Certified National Incident Manager
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist
to name a few
Madis’ Safe Haven (MSH) was founded by Helen Litsky in 1998. As a veteran and retired fire fighter, Helen’s passion to serve- those who serve us - developed in to the creation of a safe haven to empower and uplift Uniform Personnel and their families. With a mission “to serve as a supportive community" providing holistic transitional programs and living facility that assist VA and uniform personnel’s families to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency”, MSH has developed outreach and coordinated service offerings reaching our strongest and most vulnerable population, with a focus on female veterans.
the needs and challenges of female Veterans. Modify outreach to specifically engage female veterans.