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VETERAN H.E.L.P.

Our duty is to serve those who have served our great nation. We facilitate Veterans Services for our service members, veterans, and families by streamlining access to Veterans Housing, Education, Life Skills, and Physical Wellness services. In support of our military and families, we are bridging the gap from military service to civilian life.

HOUSING at Victory Village

Victory Village Veterans Center is within walking distance to Savemart, Walmart, and Martell Plaza where you can enjoy shopping, group counseling, fast food, and entertainment.

  • 18 Program Beds
  • Community Laundry
  • Community Kitchen
  • Community Recreation Area
  • On-site parking
  • Supportive Housing
  • Classes on-site for PTSD & spiritual wellness
  • Sober Living Environemnt
  • Link to services such as Financial Assistance, VA Benefits, Mental Health, Etc.
  • Life Skills Classes
  • Veteran Support Group
  • Family Support
  • VA Navigation and Advocacy

EMPLOYMENT and EDUCATION

Victory Village offers the following employment services:

Employment Workshop, open to all.  The workshop includes: 

  • Skill Assessments
  • Resume Writing
  • Mock Interviews
  • Self-assessments…. and more!

Assistance in obtaining Veteran or veteran spouse hiring preference:

  • Connection to local employment services
  • Motherlode Job Training
  • Assistance with interview/career clothing
  • Exclusive Job opportunities with local employers
  • Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

Veterans CWT Program:  a recovery-oriented model.

The Veterans CWT Program is to be provided to participants with mental illness, substance use disorders, homelessness, physical disabilities and other disabilities that contribute to occupational dysfunction. There is no exclusion from treatment or participation in CWT Therapy based on diagnosis, limitations of disability, vocational treatment goals, or entitlement eligibility for Veterans Benefits Administration service-connected or non-service connected benefits, Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or similar programs.

The Veterans CWT Therapy Goal is to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Opportunity to earn allowance
  • Development of new skills
  • Increased community participation
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Increased consumer empowerment
  • And improved quality of life.

Victory Village can help you obtain your Education Benefits.

Please contact us to set up an appointment to serve you by contacting us.

We also collaborate with Amador Community College Foundation through referrals to their services.
http://www.amadorcommunitycollege.org

You can learn more about the benefits you may be eligible for by visiting
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

You can also contact the County Veterans Service Officer in your area.
http://www.cacvso.org/

LIFE SKILLS

Any Veteran can attend classes onsite as long as they register with the office and sign in upon arrival.

1) Veterans living at Victory Village have the opportunity to gain life skills through learning to live with others in a shared environment and gain the skills to prepare for living and caring for their own permanent housing.

2) Daily living chores are assigned to each participant according to their ability.

3) Two classes per week are also required; church services, onsite classes, classes at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, and 12-step Programs are some examples of acceptable classes.

4) Veterans acquire the ability to resolve interpersonal communication issues with mediation.

5) Program Fees are based on 18% of income, If a veteran cannot pay a program fee, they agree to give a certain number of hours per month.

Requirements:

  • PC 1170.9 program (Vet Treatment Court)
  • Needs Assessment
  • Case Management
  • PTSD Peer Coaching
  • Drug & Alcohol Counseling
  • Process Groups

PHYSICAL and MENTAL WELLNESS

Peer Coach/Anger Management/Relaxation Techniques
Tod Dorris, US Army Veteran (Vietnam)   

12 step program/Addiction Services
Chaplain Jason, USMC Veteran (Gulf/Iraq War)

Devotional/Mentorship
Chaplain Howard Grover, Navy Veteran

Life Skills & Veteran Support Group
Michele Siefer, ACSW

NAMI Homefront
Nichole Mulford, MBA
Michele Siefer, ACSW

 

FAMILY SUPPORT

Support Group for Spouses and Families – Established by Nichole Mulford, a DAV spouse, the purpose of the group is to provide resources and support for veteran spouses and family members in order to assist spouses and families to never give up, “nunquam redono”. Spouses and family members are the number one support for our military members; active or not. We play an important role in the healing process. The scars of battle have a deep impact that should not be endured alone.

NAMI Homefront – Also available at VV is a 6-week educational course designed to assist family members of veterans dealing with diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health conditions.  The class is taught by certified instructors.

Military Community and Family Policy – Office of the Secretary of Defense website 
Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.

Outward Bound for Veterans provides FREE outdoor adventures nationwide for Veterans. Outward Bound helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through the use of the natural world.“ They are an organization with the utmost sincere mission. If you have a share list, or know of any businesses looking for a very worthy cause to make a tax-deductible donation, please share our email: info@victoryvillageamador.org

Testimony of past participant: “I am a two-time combat vet that rarely has time to enjoy life. This is a new beginning for me and has lifted e out of my
depressed state of mind. This program has given me a reason to start living and not want to die. Thank you!”  – Jacob

Military One Source Magazine – Whether you’re looking for some great health-related resources to pass along, some tips for putting a little joy into a PCS move, or the latest information from some of our programs, the MilitaryOneSource eMagazine has you covered.

  • Learn about important new health initiatives such as the Guard Your Health website or the Real Warriors Campaign.
  • Find out the latest from programs such as Troops to Teachers and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
  • Get some great tips and resources to pass along to service members and their families relocating this summer.

VETERANS SUPPORTING VETERANS

If you are a veteran who would like to volunteer to help other veterans, please contact us through our Veteran’s Registry, or call us at 209-223-2286.

‘I’m Not Home’ is a song about a Veteran who made it back from the war, but ends up on the streets as a result of the debilitating effects of PTSD.  Please watch and share with others! Together we can help to increase awareness with the goal of helping Veterans in need.