Providing impactful supportive services for veterans is what we do! Building collaborative relationships, developing innovative programs, and increasing our community’s capacity to serve is how we do it! Over the last four years, we’ve learned that many people in our community have great resources, great ideas, and are interested in supporting our efforts.
This “Together, we are stronger” mantra led to Upstate Warrior Solution becoming a “community quarterback,” one who is committed to and leading the coordinated effort. Initiatives already established are as follows:
- Community Action Boards (CAB) in Greenville County (est.2016), Spartanburg County (est. 2016), and Pickens County (est. 2017). CAB’s are community specific and are comprised of residents, business owners, professionals, first-responders, and various social service agencies, all of whom have expressed an interest in supporting our collective mission.
- Upstate Veterans Alliance Network (UVAN), known as the Community Veteran Engagement Board (CVEB), developed in 2016, has 50 participative organizations representing virtually every service line in the Upstate. Our President, Charlie Hall, has been an active participant and now chairs this Board.
- Justice-Involved Veteran Outreach is a coordinated effort, in cooperation with the VA’s Veterans Justice Outreach Program, and is a proactive approach to an identified need within our community. During the initial stages we worked with the Greenville County Detention Center to define the scope of the problem through data collection. Today, we are in every detention center in the five upstate counties, we work with probation, pardon, and parole, local law enforcement, criminal courts, and Veteran Treatment Courts (VTC) in Greenville, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties. We are continuing to develop this proactive approach through early identification, resource referral, and case coordination.
- The functional zero veteran homelessness project has led to working relationships with local and national organizations. We are locally active and participate in the Point-In-Time count each year. Hall serves on Secretary Wilkie’s VA led task force dedicated to ending veteran homelessness and is working with the National League of Cities and several Upstate Mayors to find solutions so we, as a community, can end veteran homelessness.
If you own or are a key player in a business, have a special talent or professional skill, have free time and want to help, know resources, or a have great idea and want more information on how to get involved, call us today at 864.520.2073.