The Homeless Veterans Fellowship is based in Ogden but they provide services throughout the Intermountain area, including Cache Valley. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Executive Director Jeff Kane said the organization has been in existence for about 30 years.
“Our main goal is finding homeless veterans and assist them to get back into housing if they’re able to and have an interest in it,” he explained.
Kane said they started off as just a storefront operation in Ogden, reaching to to homeless veterans.
“Then we developed into a transitional housing program ourselves,” he explained. “Today we have about 27 transitional housing units for veterans that are homeless and they’re trying to get back into housing. We have the full case management, the therapists to work with them to identify the hurdles that they have getting into housing.”
He said when someone becomes homeless they often become disoriented because there’s so much coming upon them at once, they don’t know what to focus on first. Case managers are provided to help identify the steps that it will take to get them back into housing in their areas they want to stay in.
Kane said they partner with all the community agencies that supply the other resources that are necessary, such as the Department of Workforce Services, the food banks, whatever it is that is going to allow them to reduce their expenses and obtain and maintain housing again.
If you would like to assist or want more information, go to www.homelessveterans.org. You can hear the entire interview with Jeff Kane below.
AUDIO: Jeff Kane of Homeless Veterans Fellowship on KVNU’s For the People with Jason Williams