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Community Engagement

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! Through our work, we’ve learned that many people in our community have great resources, great ideas, and are eager to support local warriors.

This “Together, we are stronger” mantra led to Upstate Warrior Solution becoming a “community quarterback.” We are committed to leading the coordinated effort to serve our warriors. Our community engagement initiatives include:

Community Action Boards (CAB)

In 2016 and 2017, Upstate Warrior Solution established Community Action Boards (CABs) in Greenville County, Spartanburg County, and Pickens County. These CABs are community specific and are composed of residents, business owners, professionals, first-responders, and various social service agencies, all of whom support our collective mission to serve local warriors.

Upstate Veterans Alliance Network (UVAN)

In 2016, Upstate Warrior Solution worked with community partners to create UVAN. One of four Community Veteran Engagement Boards (CVEB) in the state, UVAN brings community veteran providers together with VA leadership to help bring a “boots on the ground” perspective to veteran care at the local level.

UVAN is a collaboration of over 200 community organizations across Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, and Oconee Counties. Together we are dedicated to creating stability in all aspects of life for the veterans, service members, and family members whom we serve.

Upstate Warrior Solution’s president, Charlie Hall, has been an active participant in UVAN since its founding and now chairs the board.

Justice-Involved Veteran Outreach

Our justice-involved outreach is a coordinated effort in cooperation with the VA’s Veterans Justice Outreach Program. We take a proactive approach to help veterans with military-related charges get back on track.

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 law enforcement, criminal courts, Veteran Treatment Courts (VTC), and probation, parole, and pardon services 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

Upstate Warrior Solution believes that collaboration is the key to ending veteran homelessness. Our Functional Zero Veteran Homelessness Project seeks to build working relationships with national and local organizations to find solutions.

Our president, Charlie Hall, serves on Secretary Wilkie’s VA led task force dedicated to ending veteran homelessness. Upstate Warrior Solution participates in the annual Point-In-Time count to help determine the scope of veteran homelessness in the nation. We also work with the National League of Cities and several upstate mayors to develop a collaborative approach to veteran housing issues.

Want to Get Involved?

We are always seeking to connect with local business owners, nonprofit organizations, and individuals in our community who want to support our warriors. Do you know of a resource? Do you have a professional skill or a great idea to share? Call us today at (864) 520-2073, or click on the button below to send us an email.