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Program Goals

Veterans Christian Network exists for the sole purpose of providing local support for local heroes. We will work closely with congressional and state representatives as well as Illinois Delegates, city, county, and local organizations on behalf of Illinois veterans to ensure that veteran support programs continue to meet the needs and demands of veterans and their families.

With your support, Veterans Christian Network can provide:

  • Housing
  • Utility Bill Assistance
  • Medical Supplies
  • Transportation Assistance For Doctor Appointments
  • Service animals
  • School/Training
  • Job Assistance
  • Resume Building

We want to continue to grow and add more support programs for our local Illinois veterans to help meet the needs of veterans and their families.

Fulfilling Veteran Needs

Service Animals: Many veterans are in need of service animals, we want to offer assistance in helping local vets get the help they need in finding the right service animal for them.

Bill pay assistance: like anyone else, veterans have to pay bills. We want to offer to pay part or all of the bills they have until they are able to do so themselves. This is for utilities, cell phone bills, car insurance, gas for going to a doctors appointments, car repair bills, medical supplies, and rent.

Housing: We will assist in the process of locating a home as well as helping with the cost of moving in. We will also help provide essential kitchen supplies needed to cook at home.

Housing

One of our main goals is to provide housing to veterans and their families. These veterans and their families have given their lives to protect our life here and they need to be treated and cared for like they are our family and none of them should be living in the streets in Illinois. So one of our goals is to at the very least provide them with housing until they are able to pay for it themselves. Our goal is to make sure they are not living on the streets in the state of Illinois. Help us to provide the housing they need by making a donation today.

Our goal is to purchase 12 homes in 12 months and utilize volunteers to help us remodel the homes to be used by veterans and their families. We plan to purchase these homes in auctions for less than $260,000 each. We will then spend no more than $150,000 remodeling each home. This will be done by reaching out to stores in our area to request donations for supplies and appliances to be used for the home. Any money left over from the project will be used toward property taxes and to prepay for utilities for the home. This will allow each veteran and their families the financial freedom to catch their breath and get back on their feet.

About Our Tiny House Community

Our organization’s projects, implemented by a well-trained staff, offer many opportunities for the reduction of depravity and poverty through needed intervention. Supporting the development of mind, body, and soul, Veterans Christian Network provides as many military families as possible with a thorough foundation for future success.

Recognizing the needs that exist among our target population, Veterans Christian Network’s staff provides low income military families with a transitional housing program and resource center that focuses on individual empowerment.

Through the establishment of our programs, our organization will continue to address the needs of our target communities, brighten lives, and assist each participant achieve their personal goals. Our organization’s objectives are accomplished by implementation of stimulating activities
and materials that are organized around a well-developed prospectus.

In order to operate this program, our organization is seeking the funding required to purchase multiple acres of land that will accommodate dozens of tiny homes. Every fully furnished unit will include sleeping area, bathroom, kitchen, and living area. The community will also include a resource center, recreation area, and laundry facilities.

After the enrollment process has been completed, our residents will be registered in social services opportunities and life skills development programs that are offered by our organization, outside community programs, and government agencies. The subject areas that our clients may be enrolled in, and provided with transportation to, include personal development planning, vocational development, financial literacy, substance abuse prevention, interpersonal skills development, religious services, personal and emotional development, community involvement, and independent living preparation/follow up. The customized action plan created for each individual will be based upon their needs and personal goals. Our organization will purchase the vehicles necessary to accommodate the transportation needs of those who do not have the means to access their own transportation services.

Veterans Christian Network will also facilitate a community access center that allows veterans to enroll in vital human services offered by the government and community organizations. These services may include, but are not limited to, food stamps, health insurance, housing opportunities, basic needs resources, literacy programs, and financial planning. Every participant may come to the center during operating hours to participate in our programs and benefit from our directors’ guidance. Our qualified staff members will briefly speak with the individual to assess their needs and prepare an action plan that serves the client in the most efficient manner. The representatives of our organization will guide the individual through the application process of each social service or human need they are seeking to enroll in. This may include gathering essential identification and financial documentation, filling out any required applications, and submitting the application via internet, phone, mail, or in person.

Housing

One of our main goals is to provide housing to veterans and their families. These veterans and their families have given their lives to protect our life here and they need to be treated and cared for like they are our family and none of them should be living in the streets in Illinois. So one of our goals is to at the very least provide them with housing until they are able to pay for it themselves. Our goal is to make sure they are not living on the streets in the state of Illinois. Help us to provide the housing they need by making a donation today.

Our goal is to purchase 12 homes in 12 months and utilize volunteers to help us remodel the homes to be used by veterans and their families. We plan to purchase these homes in auctions for less than $260,000 each. We will then spend no more than $150,000 remodeling each home. This will be done by reaching out to stores in our area to request donations for supplies and appliances to be used for the home. Any money left over from the project will be used toward property taxes and to prepay for utilities for the home. This will allow each veteran and their families the financial freedom to catch their breath and get back on their feet.

About Our Tiny House Community

Our organization’s projects, implemented by a well-trained staff, offer many opportunities for the reduction of depravity and poverty through needed intervention. Supporting the development of mind, body, and soul, Veterans Christian Network provides as many military families as possible with a thorough foundation for future success.

Recognizing the needs that exist among our target population, Veterans Christian Network’s staff provides low income military families with a transitional housing program and resource center that focuses on individual empowerment.

Through the establishment of our programs, our organization will continue to address the needs of our target communities, brighten lives, and assist each participant achieve their personal goals. Our organization’s objectives are accomplished by implementation of stimulating activities
and materials that are organized around a well-developed prospectus.

In order to operate this program, our organization is seeking the funding required to purchase multiple acres of land that will accommodate dozens of tiny homes. Every fully furnished unit will include sleeping area, bathroom, kitchen, and living area. The community will also include a resource center, recreation area, and laundry facilities.

After the enrollment process has been completed, our residents will be registered in social services opportunities and life skills development programs that are offered by our organization, outside community programs, and government agencies. The subject areas that our clients may be enrolled in, and provided with transportation to, include personal development planning, vocational development, financial literacy, substance abuse prevention, interpersonal skills development, religious services, personal and emotional development, community involvement, and independent living preparation/follow up. The customized action plan created for each individual will be based upon their needs and personal goals. Our organization will purchase the vehicles necessary to accommodate the transportation needs of those who do not have the means to access their own transportation services.

Veterans Christian Network will also facilitate a community access center that allows veterans to enroll in vital human services offered by the government and community organizations. These services may include, but are not limited to, food stamps, health insurance, housing opportunities, basic needs resources, literacy programs, and financial planning. Every participant may come to the center during operating hours to participate in our programs and benefit from our directors’ guidance. Our qualified staff members will briefly speak with the individual to assess their needs and prepare an action plan that serves the client in the most efficient manner. The representatives of our organization will guide the individual through the application process of each social service or human need they are seeking to enroll in. This may include gathering essential identification and financial documentation, filling out any required applications, and submitting the application via internet, phone, mail, or in person.

MCCAIN Family Support Services

This program we offer supportive services to the families of the veterans. We offer weekly support group meetings in our office. We will be showing the families how to help their loved ones that had just came back from combat and help them to adjust to civilian life again.

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