Veterans Volunteers In Partnership (Veterans VIP) Program
Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program Inc. has expanded its services to include a dedicated Veteran’s program to help make a difference in the lives of the Veterans we serve. We offer support and assistance to our Veterans in need, and we recruit Veterans to volunteer to help other seniors and Veterans. Additionally, RSVP is here to assist Veterans by providing suicide prevention and awareness support. We want to help Veterans in any way we can so they know they are NOT forgotten. We would like to say “Thank You” and extend our gratitude by offering our services. “You are not alone, we are here for you”.
To Our Veterans:
We want our Veterans out there to know that there is help. We honor your service and have trained volunteers who can lead you to the resources you need and answer questions related to:
- Benefits available to you
- Eligibility for benefits
- Help with paperwork when applying for benefits
- Continuing your education
- Volunteer opportunities
RSVP’s direct service programs allow our Veteran seniors the support to remain in their own homes independently and help lift them from poverty. We have trained volunteers who can assist you with the following services:
- Home Companion
- Pro-bono legal services – Care Law Program
- Homemaker Services
- RSVP’s Farmer’s Market Coupons
- Resistance Exercise Program
- Respite Care
- Personal Emergency Response Systems
RSVP’s Veterans VIP Program is a collaboration with numerous groups dedicated to assisting Veterans. Below is a sample of ways we work together to help our Vets!
- Working with our AmeriCorps VISTA – we have partnered with the Carson City Sherriff’s Office to provide wellness checks, emergency medical transportation and a referral system for homeless and needy Veterans. We have developed a VIPS for VETS Request Sheet to identify needs and work to provide assistance or appropriate referrals.
- RSVP AmeriCorps VISTA participated in the Point in Time initiative and assisted in counting homeless Veterans in Carson City. One female homeless Veteran was identified, and has subsequently been placed in permanent housing.
- RSVP worked with the general public, local FISH (friends in service helping) and the local Rotary Club to gather items for homeless Veterans as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 16. Items such as blankets, gloves, toiletries, hats, basic hygiene items were collected and distributed to WAVE (welcome all vets everywhere) and at the local Resource Fair for homeless Veterans at the community center.
- RSVP strives to support Veterans and community members, with suicide prevention and awareness training. In partnership with the Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention, we hosted an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Suicide prevention training event March 22 & 23, 2017. Click here for the Office of Suicide Prevention http://suicideprevention.nv.gov/Training/