Mission




OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE.
"To Enhance The Quality Of Life For All Veterans On Their Road To Self-Sufficiency."



We Help Empower The Lives of Military Veterans Through Comprehensive Social Reintegration Programs That Offer A Lasting Change For Veterans.

VEO is the true triage for homeless veterans on their journey from the streets to an empowered life.

VEO serves Veterans that have offered their lives to protect the freedom we all enjoy as U.S. Citizens. Upon homecoming, our Veterans have faced tremendous challenges finding affordable housing and sustainable employment to support themselves and their families.

VEO makes the mission of becoming self-sufficient possible for Veterans & Their Families.

Our Self-Sufficiency Model focuses on taking "Invisible Veterans" off the streets of our cities and placing them into a safety net of support that provides immediate and long-term housing, treatment and recovery for addiction, healthy meals, basic necessities, and clothing, as well as medical care, mental health counseling, life-skills training and workforce development support.

We honor those who serve in the military. When they have completed their service and made their often-painful sacrifices in defense of our freedoms and way of life, we believe it is our moral duty to continue to honor them for their service.

Our Long-Term Goals are to be nationally recognized as one of the leaders in the fight against homelessness among veterans, be part of the national effort by first - ending chronic homeless in Georgia, and continue to be one of the most successful organizations in the country serving homeless veterans.

Our Vision is to end veteran homelessness and return the dignity of self sufficiency to every veteran we serve.





"Government money, while important, is limited, and available services are often at capacity. It is critical, therefore, that community groups reach out to help provide the support, resources and opportunities that most Americans take for granted: housing, employment and health care. Veterans who participate in collaborative programs are afforded more services and have higher chances of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again."


Since 2008, Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) has provided Housing, Supportive Services, Job Training and Placement to Veterans and their families.  




There shouldn't be any questions of pre-existing conditions in order to receive services that every homeless veteran deserves. 

At VEO, our only requirements are that you be a veteran in need of support - and that's it.




Being Homeless 
Being homeless means having no place to save the things that connect you to your past, losing all contact with friends and family, and uprooting your children from school. 

It means suffering the frustration and degradation of living hand to mouth, depending on the generosity of strangers or efficiency of a government agency for your survival, and for your family’s survival.


In addition to the complex set of factors influencing all homelessness – extreme shortage of affordable housing, livable income and access to health care – a large number of displaced and at-risk veterans live with the lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) , TBI, and substance abuse, which are compounded by a lack of family and social support networks.



VEO HERO Stories
We have had many successful graduates complete our program and moved on to be productive members of the community. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to become self-sufficient.



GETTING VETERANS BACK TO WORK

Workforce Development is the heartbeat of the continuum of services offered at VEO in support of our veterans. Our program provides veterans with the skills needed to gain employment, in conjunction with the resources necessary to become economically self-sufficient.

In 2015, we served over 200 veterans. Of those employed, there is an impressive retention rate approaching 80%. In 2016, VEO intends to engage 300 veterans in this successful program.

ABOUT OUR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM >>




NEW PROGRAM FOR VETERAN FAMILIES

As of September 1st, VEO now has the capacity to house fourteen (14) veterans and their families in our NEW Veteran Family Supportive Housing Program. Veteran families now have access to the same Wrap Around Services as our current clients.

Our Self-Sufficiency Programs:
Housing First   |   Job Development   |   Case Management
Clothing Closet   |   Transportation   |   Healthy Meals




MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE EXPANSION

VEO is pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente Of Georgia has committed $25,000 to expand the mental health services that VEO can provide onsite for our residents.

Kaiser Permanente Of Georgia understands the importance of having access to proper mental health/substance abuse programs for our veterans.

EXPLORE OUR SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAMS >>





CITY PARTNERSHIP TO END VETERAN HOMELESSNESS ACROSS METRO-ATLANTA

In 2015 VEO partnered with a city wide initiative that has placed more than 400 veterans in housing and will continue this effort in 2016.

On November 11, VEO was recognized by Jack Hardin, Chairman of the Regional Commission on Homelessness (RCH) and Protip Biswas, Executive Director of RCH as a Key Partner to end Veteran Homelessness at City of Atlanta Mayor Reed’s press conference.

MEET OUR COLLABORATIVE PARTNERS >>