SAFE is a not-for-profit charitable and patriotic organization created to provide adequate and affordable housing, both permanent and transitional shelter. Additionally, SAFE works with existing organizations to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), especially military sexual trauma, and to coordinate support services ranging from financial education, job training/placement/retention services, food, clothing, and other human services to afford women veterans an opportunity to build decent lives.
Was created to instigate social change and meet female veterans at their needs. SAFE is committed to:
– Addressing the root causes of homelessness among women veterans
– Developing and expanding access to affordable housing
– Providing financial education to help female veterans achieve self-sufficiency
– Increasing public awareness about Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
– Building a comprehensive “one-stop” portfolio of support services for women veterans
SAFE was birthed out of founder, Catrina Howard’s experience while serving in the U.S. Navy. During her tour, she observed the psychological devastation sustained by women who were traumatized by sexual abuse in the military.
The vision of Saving Another Female Enlistee NFP (SAFE) is to be a safe haven and a vehicle for providing affordable housing and support services for homeless women veterans. Many female veterans are unaware of the benefits available to them; seemingly unaware that they have the same benefits as male veterans.
Transitional housing is SAFE’s community project with resources that provides temporary housing and support services for homeless women veterans until they can find permanent solutions. Clients are offered support with surviving PTSD/MST (military sexual trauma), employment services, managing mental and physical health, financial education, and in other areas that can assist with regaining a life of dignity and stability. Transitional housing are women escaping various types of unhealthy situations. Transitional housing offers multiple benefits to veterans and their families.
– Emotional support
– Self Esteem
– Using Life Skills to achieve self-sufficiency
– Reduced Crime
– Must be an eligible veteran over the age of 18
– Must be certified as being homeless
– Must be drug and alcohol free for 30 days
– Must be willing to follow and abide by all program rules and service planning
– Provide safe and affordable housing
– Develop a individualized service goal / treatment plan for each veteran
– Provide case management services
– Increase job skills and training
– Improve income stability
– Assist each resident to secure permanent housing and achieve self-sufficiency
Each resident will stay in program between 6 to 24 months
Linkage agreements in conjunction with organizations including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to provide a comprehensive support environment.
– Job training and employment assistance
– Life skills training: basic home management, budget counseling and self-care skills
– Case management: Treatment plan development; referrals, coordination, and advocacy to appropriate agencies to address needs
– Housing counseling and referral plus continued follow up for 6 months after discharge
– Medical treatment and medication monitoring
– Substance abuse treatment / counseling
– Mental health treatment / counseling
– Benefit entitlement: VA benefits and VA pension
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continues to make women Veterans one of its top priorities, through the increasing quality and accessibility of its services, through outreach and education campaigns that specifically target women Veterans, and through the creation of additional surveys and research agendas that focus on the needs of women Veterans.
The women Veteran’s population is growing and more women are looking to use benefits and services that VA provides, giving even more importance for VA to anticipate and address the challenges that women Veterans are currently facing. The most recent cohort of women Veterans, those who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, are using VA benefits at historically high rates. VA has initiatives in several areas to ensure that the quantity of services and the quality of care for women Veterans is at its best.