Mission Statement: It is our mission after a disaster is to prevent homelessness. To mitigate and to aid in rebuilding lives of Veterans and their communities, and to connect Veterans to communities and communities to Veterans.

Vision Statements: To collaborate in a coalition of mission driven organizations in responding to relief needs of both individuals and churches, businesses, and municipalities. To help all, and along the way ask, “Are you a Veteran.”

Core Values:

  • Rebuild Lives and Relationships
  • Community Connections
  • Safety
  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Positive Resource Support and Connections

Objectives:

  • First Responder – Rebuild Communities
    • Organize TJH’s disaster relief network of local, regional and national response teams.
    • Nurture and support established coalitions of disaster relief responders.
    • Be on site, in the disaster area, within 24-48 hours.
    • Identify and connect with local networks and make connections
      • Churches
      • Business
      • Charitable Organizations
      • Municipalities
    • Assess and mitigate rebuilding needs
      • Identify rebuilding pain points and supply needs
      • Connect local needs to TJH’s MOU networks of support
      • Manage allocation of rebuilding resources
  • Offer Harm Reduction Case Management
    • Involve case management to reduce harm and safety concerns
    • Link to local, regional and national services
  • Find Veterans
    • Ask and encourage others to ask, “Are you a Veteran?”.
    • Connect Veterans to local, regional and national resources

Operational Model: TJH

  • Goal: To assist in rebuilding communities and to ask victims of disasters, “Are you a Veteran”
  • Objective: To support a coalition of partners with similar missions to rebuild communities and community organizations servicing rebuilding lives and helping others.
    • Sustain onsite presence in order to case manage rebuilding and harm reduction response
      • Working with Churches
      • Local Organizations
      • Government
    • Collaborate with the Hope Disaster Relief Coalition (DRC) network to provide supplies and volunteer resources 
    • Support food missions and other organizations in feeding and supplying local victims of disaster relief needs
    • Onsite management of Volunteer work teams and supply distribution
    • Provide specialized Case Management to Veterans

disaster relief counselor

This Give Butter campaign directly impacts the TJH’s ability to help Veterans rebuild after a disaster. In order to make the greatest impact, TJH is investing $25,000.00 in equipment and training in 2021. Making this investment gives us the assurance that TJH can and will be there for Veterans, now and in the future. We are asking you to invest your financial re-services to this important mission. Together, we can meet the demands of this investment. Our request is significant in two ways.  

  1. The focus of TJH’s mission and vision in response to a natural disaster, is to lift up Veterans with unique and special recovery needs. This is significant. Asking, “are you a Veteran” when connecting with disaster victims is seldom explored by relief organizations. When TJH asked this question in 2020, about 30% answered “yes.” Those needing help did not know how or where to get started. The PTSD, medical or mental health illnesses, and/or substance abuse disorders experienced by Veterans are uniquely challenging. These challenges become even more overwhelming during, or after a crisis or a disaster situation. Making available a team of social workers and volunteers that know how to support Veterans, and to assist them in navigating the challenges of rebuilding and recovery, is not only significant. It’s an approach or a model in disaster response that few organizations attempt. It is also why TJH created their Disaster Response Team. When found it essential to sit down with Veterans and walk them through the collecting of, and completing and submitting the paperwork required for applications to resources. Like other relief organizations, we love to help in food and supply distribution lines. TJH works side-by-side with others as we together cut down trees and clear debris. But our social workers and volunteers are also there to sit with Veterans. To listen and to ask questions and to make sure Veterans are connected to important local, regional and national resources. This personal step is vital for a Veteran struggling with PTSD, a medical or mental health illness, or a substance abuse disorder. These issues, illnesses, and disorders are common factors of those who enter homelessness. If we can quickly find these Veterans after a hurricane – to give support and to link them to vital resources – the greater the chance we have of keeping them off the streets or preventing them from entering homeless shelters or choosing to make a bed under a bridge.
  2. The Disaster Relief Coalition spoken of in this campaign is made up of experts in managing onsite (command center) logistics, mitigation and resource management, food and meal distribution, and emergency supplies and resource logistics. People helping people versus people helping organizations that help people is significant in its approach and design. The determination of the TJH to help build a coalition and to join together with experienced disaster organizations for the purpose of linking people directly to those in need speaks directly to our organization’s core values. Without a coalition like this, organizations or individuals who want to help, and do not know how to get started or where to go to make an impact, stay home. These individuals and their organizations now have a resource that will connect them directly to those most in need. This coalition offers logistical, mitigation and resource management, and emergency food and supply infrastructure so that organizations throughout the United States can bring their “mission” or “ministry” directly to the people.