1. The Journey Home specializes in connecting Veterans to their communities and the community to their Veteran. This makes us different than most transitional housing facilities, and extremely capable for the mission to “end Veteran homelessness.” We honor, empower, and provide essential programming to homeless and at-risk Veterans for their journey to achieve and sustain health interactions, healthy connections and healthy relationships.
2. The Journey Home requires all residents to complete housekeeping chores, cooking their own meals, doing their own laundry and to participate in community activities and volunteer efforts.
3. Our core values center around rebuilding lives and rebuilding relationships with communities that love and support Veterans. A Transitional Housing Facility and our Harm Reduction Veteran Outreach programs are resources and tools that help us reach the ultimate goal, ‘ending Veteran homelessness.” These resources and tools don’t determine the outcome. It’s our philosophy that when health connections and healthy interactions between the Veteran and their communities are established with empathy and compassion and safety, homelessness is eliminated.
4. Homelessness involves issues of both a medical and/or mental health illness. We staff our programs and services with credentialed clinical and qualified social work professionals. These professionals are experienced and trained in assessing treatment and transitional needs of at-risk and homeless Veterans. They are skilled evidence-based decision makers, and in providing interventions and in supporting Veterans as they navigate their transition from uncertainty and homelessness into permanent housing.
5. The Journey Home does not give up on a Veteran. Nationally, an average of 20% of homeless Veterans entering a Transitional Housing Facility will be kicked out or denied services because of mistakes made or behaviors chosen while at a facility. At The Journey Home, less than 10% of our Veterans are removed annually or denied transitional services due to mistakes or behaviors chosen. House rules are maintained, daily living activities of self-care and cleaning of the facility are enforced, and the safety of every Veteran is protected. Yet yearly, between 70 and 75 percent of Veterans entering our transitional housing facilities are placed permanently into housing or treatment programs.
6. The Journey Home individualizes transitional plans for each Veteran using a defined evidence-based decision-making process that tailors each Individualized Recovery Plan (IRP) to the specific needs of the Veteran resident.
7. Our Board of Directors are expected to be active participants in Board program initiatives & integrity of services; budget planning and accountability; strategic planning; fundraising; and ongoing review/revision of TJH’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.