LEAP for Homeless Veterans at Retsil
When Marcia and I conducted a three- hour pilot LEAP personal planning workshop for eight homeless veterans staying at “Building 9” we were pleased that the group found the experience so useful. We are pleased to announce that will be doing a series of these workshops in 2013. This is a facility established to provide transitional housing at the Washington Veterans Home in Retsil, in Port Orchard, WA. The 60-bed transitional housing facility is available to assist those in need of stable housing, vocational rehabilitation, and increased income potential. Veterans are surrounded with supportive staff and wrap-around services designed to lead to their successful completion of the program and a successful return to the community. Once admitted, they may stay for two years. Building 9 for Veterans focuses on three goals: (1) Increased residential stability of participants; (2) Greater self-determination of participants; and (3) Increased skill level and income potential of participants.
Eight residents of the facility joined us and worked through and completed seven personal-planning steps. It was a real grounding experience for me. Many of these folks, seven men and one woman, had served our country in Vietnam. Their stories showed that life had taken them around some difficult corners since they returned. Now they were trying to get back on a positive track. Their objectives were very basic and reflected what they had lost along their way. All wanted a home or an apartment of their own. Most wanted a car and, to get a car, most needed a driver’s license. Most had some kind of debt. All wanted to find meaningful work. It was an honor for Marcia and me to be with them and to provide support as they made plans to step into a better future
The eight participants who completed the LEAP evaluated it on a scale of 1-6 where 1 was “not at all” and 6 was “completely” satisfied. The objectives of the workshop were:
- I have identified some personal goals and objectives.
- I have clarified my directions toward a course of action.
- I have produced drawings which illustrate my present and my future.
- I have outlined some personal steps I can take in my transition.
- I feel motivated to move forward.
The average overall rating for the workshop was 5.1 with a range of 4.7 – 6. The item with the highest score (5.5) was I feel motivated to move forward and the next highest were I have clarified my direction toward a course of action and I have outlined some personal steps I can take in my transition. The comments made by participants were.
- Great Job. Outstanding Class
- Was a good educational experience.
- Gave light to the steps needed to achieve success.
- Thank you for your time to set goals for achieving our life goals.
- It was informing and education(al)
- Thank you
- Create workable resumes
- Thanks for helping me find direction to move in to move forward with my plans to become more independent.
- I feel better informed on focusing on my goals.
- Pretty well put together with good organization and presentation.
- Nice couple.