"It becomes more than just a job" says Chambers
"I've learned about obstacles and hardships," said Rebecca Chambers, who has a nursing degree, and has been with Southwestern Community Action's SSVF program to help homeless veterans for three years.
Southwestern operates in eight West Virginia counties.
"While we're considered a crisis intervention program, it is rewarding to see that many have been lifted into having a home and getting a life," Chambers said.
"When a homeless veteran contacts SSVF, we do away with preconceived ideas about the homeless, and focus on finding them a home."
Doing the leg work and collaborating with other agencies to get the job done requires a lot of perseverance," said Chambers.
"It becomes more than just a job and lots of after hours work."
The Supportive Services for Veteran’s Families (SSVF) program in Huntington, which also serves several West Virginia counties, is designed to lift very low-income veteran families out of homelessness and into stable permanent housing.
Through this program Southwestern Community Action and their SSVF program provides comprehensive assistance in the areas of case management, outreach, temporary financial assistance, and referrals to help in obtaining VA benefits.