Veterans Assistance of San Diego

Veterans Assistance of San Diego focuses on assisting veterans in need to acquire and maintain stable income and permanent housing.  VASD, a subsidiary of Interfaith Community Services, offers an array of programs in North San Diego County, using trained staff to provide veterans with transitional housing, residential housing, employment assistance, psychological therapy, physical health monitoring, homeless prevention assistance and temporary recuperative care after hospital discharge.

Clients initially receive a thorough assessment of their needs to create an individual service plan.  Each client’s progress in meeting goals of the plan is continuously monitored by their client advocate.

The following are the programs available to North County veterans and their families:

 

Veteran Housing

We offer 144 beds of transitional housing in three North County locations to qualifying veterans for up to 24 months.  Our program focuses on preparing veterans to reintegrate into independent living by attaining health, education, and a stable income, resulting in personal wellbeing.  All veterans who received discharges other than dishonorable are eligible to apply.

 

Employment Assistance

We are committed to helping veterans find sustainable employment opportunities.  We network with local employers and vocational training programs and provide coaching to help our veterans become job ready.  These services include: work readiness training, resume preparation, job search assistance, and access to our computer resource labs in both Escondido and Oceanside.  Specialized employment assistances is also available for female veterans and veteran families.

 

Recuperative Care

In partnership with the VA, Tri-City, and Palomar hospitals, we provide emergency housing and support to homeless veterans recovering from an illness or injury.  Our goal is to stabilize the clients’ health condition and help them learn to manage their own ongoing care in order to achieve long-term stability.

 

Mental Health Services

We employ a clinical staff of professionals to provide individual and group mental health services.  These include treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, and other mental health afflictions.  Group therapy focuses on transitioning veterans to independent living, co-occuring mental disorders and relapse prevention.  We also provide psychiatric referrals when necessary.

 

Supportive Services

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is a federally funded program through the VA, operating out of both Interfaith Community Services in Escondido and PATH located in downtown San Diego.  SSVF helps low-income veterans and their families who are at-risk or facing homelessness obtain permanent housing and/or remain in their current homes.  The overall goal of the SSVF program is to provide the temporary financial assistance and case management to veterans in order to help them achieve self-sufficiency.

 

To learn more about a specific program, please contact:

 

Employment Services:

Marinea Goodson

mgoodson@interfaithservices.org

(760) 489.6380 x 254

Housing:

Andrea Moore

amoore@interfaithservices.org

(760) 489.6380 x 265

Recuperative Care Program:

Ciera Christensen

cchristensen@interfaithservices.org

(760) 739.9358

rodSupportive Services for Veteran Families:

Roderick Santulan

rsantulan@interfaithservices.org

(760) 484.1059

 

 

 

 

Dean-Photo1-150x150Director of Veterans Assistance:

Dean Dauphinais

ddauphinais@interfaithservices.org

(760) 489.6380 x 208