VETERANS SUPPORTIVE SERVICES

INFORMATION PAGE

Below you will find information on several supportive service agencies for veterans. You may connect with them through the contact information that they have provided.

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American Red Cross

Disaster Relief And Recovery and Military Family Support

You are not alone! The thousands of staff and volunteers of the Red Cross are here for you with emergency aid when you need it most, and also advice and assistance to help you recover from a disaster or become better prepared to face one in the future.

Emergency communication and financial assistance for a military family, when other means of communication and assistance have not worked.

You can start the process by calling (877) 272-7337.

The Brookfield Institute

The mission of The Brookfield Institute is to build resilience in veterans and military families through targeted programs and resources in order to aggressively combat the causes and impacts of veteran suicide.

Our vision is to ensure every military and veteran family has the necessary support to achieve optimal social, spiritual, physical and mental health for joyful, meaningful lives.

We offer public events, trainings, support groups and outreach.

You may call (508) 499-9589 to ask your questions about services and support.

Or please email, Jennifer Baublitz, Program Director, at this email adress jennifer@brookfieldinstitute.org

Visit the Brookfield Institute website

Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA) is the free civil legal aid provider for residents of the five counties of Central and Western Massachusetts. CLA specializes in assisting tenants threatened with eviction or the loss of a rent subsidy; homeless families trying to access shelter; individuals and families trying to access public benefits programs and unemployment compensation; domestic violence victims in family law matters; students in need of services to help them thrive in school; elders facing threats to their autonomy, independence, or safety; and persons seeking help with a civil legal problem connected to the fact that they are a victim of a crime.

To connect with Community Legal Aid, you may contact, Rebecca Spinner, Veterans Advocate

Email: rspinner@cla-ma.org – Phone: (508) 556-5068

Quinsigamond Community College

Veteran Affairs Dept.

Our mission is to provide support to assist student Veterans and members of the Armed Forces in the adjustment to becoming successful in civilian and college life. We are committed to promoting college spirit as well as establishing and maintaining fellowship among veterans and students on campus.

Our Services Include: Veteran Benefits Support, Veteran Benefit Certification, Financial Aid Support, Academic Advising Assistance, Student Accessibility Services Support, First-Time Freshman Support Program, Mentoring Program, Assistive Technology Loan Program, Textbook Loan Program

To connect with QCC Veterans Affairs Dept., you may contact Paula Ogden, Director.

Phone: 508-854-4290 – Email: veteranaffairs@qcc.mass.edu

US Army Reserves 99th Readiness Division Family Programs

US Army Reserves 99th Readiness Division Family Programs provides support to all Army Reserve commands and units within the geographic area of operations. They establish relevant and responsive programs and services to Soldiers, Family members, command teams and Civilians throughout the Army Reserve community.

Family Readiness Support Assistants are standing by to assist you with school support services, health and behavioral wellness, employment resources, military and community based partnerships.

Kristina Cottrell-Walsh – Email: kristina.l.cottrell-walsh.civ@mail.mil – Phone: 910-598-2786

Gloria Lumbra – Email: Gloria.l.lumbra.civ@mail.mil – Phone: 910-598-9002

Veterans Business Outreach Center of NE (VBOC)

In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, VBOC equips veteran and active duty service members and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses. The VBOC of New England provides information on small business ownership to service members and military spouses by facilitating and instructing the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Boots to Business, “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” course.

Additionally the VBOC provides: counseling, training, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and mentoring.

– To request services and counseling, you must complete a Request for Counseling Form. To do so, click the button below.

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Veterans Inc

Veterans Inc. is a national leader in ending homelessness among veterans. A 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Massachusetts, Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of support services to veterans and their families in New England. Since 1990, we have helped more than 80,000 veterans in need and today operates offices and programs in all six New England states.

To connect with Veterans Inc., you may contact James D. Acker Jr., Employment Services

Phone: 508-614-8120 – Email: Jamesacker@veteransinc.org

Worcester Veterans Center

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.

You may connect with the Worcester Vet Center by contacting Bruce Ware – Email: bruce.ware@va.gov – Phone: 508-753-7902

*If this is an Emergency, please contact local emergency services. After hours crisis counseling is available through the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Press 1 for veterans. *

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