Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center

A nonprofit organization

$8,478 raised by 39 donors

34% complete

$25,000 Goal

Providing Support and Finding Solutions for our Veterans and their families.

Testimonials

1. Towards the end of June 2019, a Veteran and his spouse came into the Northern Colorado Resource Center (VRC) looking for assistance with moving their belongings. The veteran explained that he and his pregnant wife have been staying at the Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter. Due to the shelter rules, the couple was forced to sleep separately during almost her entire pregnancy. With the help of VOA, the couple was able to find a rental house to call home, with no spare money to rent a moving truck the veteran had no idea where to turn. During the appointment, the veteran stated that their belongings were stored with a neighbor and needed to be moved out as soon as possible. Using the Wal-Mart Emergency Fund, the VRC was able to pay for a moving truck from Penske for 3 days. Due to the quick actions of the VRC, the couple was able to get their belongings back and find some normalcy again. Then again in October the Resource Center found out that the couple needed assistance finding a vehicle to get to baby appointments and work. With funding from Wal-Mart, the Resource Center was able to purchase a Honda Civic to make everyday life less stressful for this new family. Without the Resource Center, this veteran would not be able to get to work and they would struggle to find transportation for those important doctor's appointments. During this time the VRC was also able to give two gift cards so this deserving family could get groceries. Towards the end of June 2019, a Veteran and his spouse came into the Northern Colorado Resource Center (VRC) looking for assistance with moving their belongings. The veteran explained that he and his pregnant wife have been staying at the Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter. Due to the shelter rules, the couple was forced to sleep separately during almost her entire pregnancy. With the help of VOA, the couple was able to find a rental house to call home, with no spare money to rent a moving truck the veteran had no idea where to turn. During the appointment, the veteran stated that their belongings were stored with a neighbor and needed to be moved out as soon as possible. Using the Wal-Mart Emergency Fund, the VRC was able to pay for a moving truck from Penske for 3 days. Due to the quick actions of the VRC, the couple was able to get their belongings back and find some normalcy again. Then again in October the Resource Center found out that the couple needed assistance finding a vehicle to get to baby appointments and work. With funding from Wal-Mart, the Resource Center was able to purchase a Honda Civic to make everyday life less stressful for this new family. Without the Resource Center, this veteran would not be able to get to work and they would struggle to find transportation for those important doctor's appointments. During this time the VRC was also able to give two gift cards so this deserving family could get groceries.

2. An example of what we were able to do is at the end of last month we had a veteran and his family come in looking for any assistance possible. The veteran explained that their family was facing homelessness and had nowhere to turn. The veteran is 100% disabled and has custody of their two grandkids. The veteran's wife is the caretaker for the entire family. The family is on a fixed budget they were out of money, through the VRC we were able to find this veteran a suitable home. The VRC was able to take care of the deposit and first month's rent for this deserving family who had fallen on hard times. With a little bit of financial assistance, this family was able to catch up financially and now they no longer have to worry about living on the streets with two young children.

Mission

To be the home and support system for Veterans and their families. We accomplish this by providing Veteran peer support navigation. Our Veterans and their families have been under enough stress. Finding the services and resources they need should not be one of them. We aspire to be the premier central hub for Veterans and their families to effortlessly navigate the services and resources they deserve. We will ensure our Veterans establish a solid relationship with all resource representatives within our community.

Background Statement

Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center (NCVRC) is a 501(c)(3) organization based in Greeley County Colorado. Founded in 2018 by veterans, the organization serves as a hub of services for individuals returning from combat, as well as those who may continue to struggle with civilian integration. The mission of NCVRC is to help veterans and their families receive

the resources, benefits, and education they deserve. Since its founding, NCVRC has served over 985 Veterans since 2018. As of August 2022, the NCVRC has averaged 27 Veterans each Month. October 2022 was the NCVRC busiest month serving 40 Veterans total! Each year the number of Veterans we see increase and the needs of our Veterans are becoming more complex. With your support, we will be able to provide efficient and effective services regardless of how many Veterans we are serving each Month.

The capstone program of the NCVRC is the Peer Support Navigation Program (PSNP). This client-centered program is designed for accessibility, utilizing peer relationships to assist veterans in navigating the challenges of reintegration into civilian life. The Center also serves as a hub of community resources, with four organizations meeting clients on-site offering services both to veterans and their families and a network of dozens of other service providers offering impactful services, originating with NCVRC contact.

Clients of NCVRC present with a variety of needs along a wide spectrum of needs--from emergency housing to health care access to support applying for college. They are guided through these processes by peer navigators, trained to support other veterans using the

framework of social-determinants of health. While clients may present with a variety of initial concerns, navigators typically assist them in accessing an average of three types of support

The peer support model has proved extremely valuable for returning service men and women, who may have a lack of knowledge or trust for VA services. While national efforts to address education about the VA and to improve its services continue, it is vital to ensure that each individual receives the care they critically need. NCVRC clients report feeling understood and heard by peer navigators and return for continued support. In this way, peer navigation bridges the gap between important VA benefits and services and the veterans who required them. By streamlining the process of accessing benefits and providing a clear path to overcoming challenges, with a safe and trusted navigator, more veterans in Northern Colorado are receiving the support for which they qualify, and so badly need.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Northern Colorado Veterans Resource Center

other names

NCVRC

Year Established

2018

Tax id (EIN)

82-0842029

Category

Military & Veterans Organizations

Organization Size

Medium Organization

Address

777 8th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631

Mailing

777 8th Ave
Greeley, CO 80631

Service areas

Weld County, CO, US

Phone

970-888-4249

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