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Suffolk County United Veterans

Suffolk County United Veterans operates The Vets Place emergency shelter in Yaphank. Our 24-hour emergency shelter staff of professionals and veteran peers works directly with any vet,regardless of discharge status, who is homeless, or at risk of homelessness.Starting with a comprehensive assessment that pinpoints the veteran’s barriers to securing or maintaining permanent housing, our housing programs and services are offered on and off site and partner with a network of community based providers to help address all the barriers to housing, including health and behavioral health, economic insecurity, legal issues and/or family conflict. Services include case management, education and job training, social work services, homeless outreach, and job access transportation. SCUV operates seven sites of permanent housing in locations across Suffolk County that includes ongoing support services to help the veteran to maintain their housing while continuing to overcome any barriers that compromisetheir personal aspirations and success.

Additional services include:

  • Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) program, a collaboration with the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk and Touro Law School. Our staff meets with low income homeless or at-risk Veteran families and helps to provide them with critical resources to maintain or secure permanent housing and;
  • Pfc. Joseph Dwyer Veterans Peer Support program connects Veterans who have experienced post-service transition issues, including mental health and substance use
    problems, with trained veteran peers to help them successfully overcome barriers, such as PTSD or TBI, to civilian life.
  • Vets Place operates a food pantry on site that is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
  • Lastly, Health Home and NYSOMH Care Management: In concert with Hudson River Healthcare, care managers help to address health and behavioral health care needs, economic issues, and more

We are excited to announce we will be breaking ground this spring on the construction and rehabilitation of three houses in Medford, Mastic, and Riverhead that were gifted to our organization from Suffolk County. Grant funding awarded to us from the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the NYS Office of Mental Health will result in three new beautiful homes that will serve formerly homeless single Veterans, single Veterans who are senior and/or disabled, and a Veteran family.

Finally, we plan this Spring to complete a next-phase renovation of The Vets Place Shelter. Following a lead gift from the Wounded Warriors Project and our #Giving Tuesday Campaign, we have plans to enhance and expand our dining/community room, reception area, staff offices, meeting rooms, and a room for overnight/relief staff. We will install an elevator to assist Veterans with disabilities to access private services on the second floor. To date, we have raised $45,000 from the Wounded Warriors Project and another $18,000 from our #Giving Tuesday Campaign and other generous donors. Total project cost is anticipated at approximately $200,000.

Suffolk County United Veterans operates as a project under the Association for Mental Health and Wellness. All of MHAW’s programs and services support a broad mission, “to empower people and communities to pursue and sustain healthy and enriched lives”. At Suffolk County United Veterans, we believe that every Veteran is entitled by their service to our country to return to a safe and dignified home and opportunities for healthy and productive life roles.
Donated funds will support these vital programs and services. 

For further information, please go to www.scuv.org or contact Ruth McDade, Director of Development by telephone at (631) 471-7242 ext. 1329 or by email at rmcdade@mhaw.org

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