Group supports vets, families with several Dec. donation drives
Published: December 16, 2016
Support for veterans and their families takes on a new level of meaning and comfort during the holidays at the New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers, with several donation drives to help.
The VIC is a small non-profit with focus to support veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“This is our heritage and we see it as our responsibility to care for the generations before us and to look after those who will follow us,” said Wendy Webber, VIC outreach coordinator.(Read More
New Mexico to share in veteran homeless prevention grants
Published: September 05, 2016
Getting back on two feet after being homeless is never easy. It’s especially difficult for veterans. New Mexico has been awarded millions of dollars in homeless prevention grants, and it’s already helping people right here in the metro.
Every Friday hundreds of veterans show up to the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center for a vets-only food bank. This center not only tries to keep vets from going hungry, they try to keep them off the streets.(Read More
Rail Runner Partners with Local Veterans Centers
Published: April 2016
Albuquerque, NM – As the New Mexico Rail Runner Express approaches its 10 year anniversary this July, we are looking back at the many programs and partnerships that have developed over the years. (Read More
Veterans centers mark 10 years
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Albuquerque, NM – Veterans Integration Centers celebrate 10 years of helping homeless veterans in New Mexico with an open house for the community and partners. (Read More)
"Deployments" support Veterans Integration Centers
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Albuquerque, NM – To help raise funds, the Veterans Integration Centers are deploying volunteers to extreme and harsh environments such as Mars, the moon or Mount Everest.(Read More
Coat and Blanket Collection Drive to benefit the Veterans Integration Centers
Published: Monday, November 18, 2015
Albuquerque, NM – Starbucks and APD's COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) have teamed up to collect coats and blankets. These items will benefit the VIC as well as John Marshall Community Service.(Read More
Program offers struggling vets help, not jail
Published: November 12, 2015
New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers have a new program aimed at getting veterans help instead of jail time.
The local nonprofit has added a jail diversion program to its transitional housing program. Fermin Ortega, transitional housing manager and Army veteran, said VIC received money from the New Mexico Department of Health to serve veterans referred by judges or seeking help after incarceration.
Although the jail diversion program is in its first year, Ortega said it’s growing. Of the 42 veterans in VIC transitional housing, 11 are part of the jail diversion program.(Read More
Attorney General Announces Bedding, Household Items & Cleaning Supplies Drive for Homeless & Transitioning Veterans
New Mexico Attorney General Press Release
Published: Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General is conducting a bedding, household items and cleaning supplies drive for New Mexico’s homeless and transitioning veterans. The Office of the Attorney General is partnering with the Veterans Integration Centers for the drive. Donations of bedding, household items and cleaning supplies will be accepted through the end of November. Donations can be dropped off at any Office of the Attorney General or Veterans Integration Centers location in Alamogordo, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. (Read More
ReCARnation Veterans Day Sale and Event to benefit the Veterans Integration Centers
Published: Monday, November 02, 2015
Albuquerque, NM – ReCARnation is having a Veterans Day Sale and Event to benefit the Veterans Integration Centers. The event will take place November 11-14th. They’re collecting donations and a percentage of sales will be donated to our organization. (Read More
Event reaches homeless vets
Published: Thursday, October 22, 2015
The annual Project Stand Down and Hands Up event brought together hundreds of homeless veterans and dozens of organizations offering them help at a church center near Second Street and Interstate 40 in Albuquerque on Oct. 15.
The first day of the two-day event, which took place at Noon Day Ministries, was a hub of activity as it has been in years past.
Army veteran Steven Ambler came to the event early Thursday. He recently moved to Albuquerque from Kansas City, Missouri, and said it is hard to find resources when one is homeless. (Read More
Albuquerque veterans get a helping hand
Published: October 15, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Veterans that need a home got some much needed help today.
This year’s “Stand Down and Hands Up” project at Noon Day Ministries provided food, hygiene kits and winter gear.
Veteran organizations were also there to enroll the veterans into health and housing programs. (Read More
Homeless can get free goods, services
Published: October 14, 2015
Homeless and near-homeless veterans can receive free goods and services Thursday and Friday during the annual “stand-down” – an event modeled after military stand-downs popularized during the Vietnam War to offer battle-weary soldiers a respite from the battlefield.
Thursday’s stand-down, reserved for veterans, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Noon Day Ministries, 2400 Second NW. Friday’s stand-down, also at Noon Day, runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to anyone – including nonveterans – who is homeless or nearly so. (Read More
Veterans Integration Center will pick up unwanted items
Published: September 08, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Part 2 with anchor Todd Kurtz and what donated items the Veterans Integration Center will accept.(read more
Integration center offers support for veterans
Published: September 08, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Part 1 with anchor Todd Kurtz shows us a group that gets veterans off the street, gives them a place to live and teaches them to function in society again. (Read More
New Mexico-Veterans Integration Centers: Meeting Veterans’ Needs Year-Round
Roadrunner Food Bank
Published: May 21, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With Memorial Day weekend coming up, we wanted to take some time to honor those who offer some of the deepest public service in our country: our armed forces and veterans. At Roadrunner, we know all too well the troubled reality for veterans returning from combat, be it in the last few months or decades since their formal service concluded. One in four of the households Roadrunner serves have a family member who qualifies as a veteran. Yet, our organization alone cannot feed this sizable population of our state and why we are beyond grateful for the support of our partner agencies. Partner agencies such as the New Mexico-Veterans Integration Centers.
VIC Board Director Wins National Award
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Marc Powell, the owner of ReCARnation, and Board Director for the Veterans Integration Centers (VIC), accepted the National Quality Dealer of the Year Award for 2014. (Read More
The New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers Announces Homeless Veterans Van Grant Complete
DAR Zia Chapter Press Release
Published: Monday, October 06, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers (VIC) announced today that their Van Grant for Homeless Veterans is complete.
The VIC provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans. They recently received a VA grant for two vans to transport these Veterans to appointments such as medical, employment, social security or benefits. The DAR funded a lift gate for one of the vans to enable the VIC to transport wheelchairs needed by some of these Veterans. (Read More
ABQ event helps struggling local veterans
Published: October 16, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Local homeless veterans got the help they needed Thursday. The two-day event called Stand Down and Project Hand Up is modeled after military stand downs that became popular during the Vietnam War. (Read More
Wounded Healers: Veterans offer a pioneering approach to caring for fellow veterans
Published: Summer 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Upon returning home from combat, some veterans discover that their battles are not yet over. Reintegrating into the world they once left, they may find unexpected roadblocks. Securing employment, affording homes and reestablishing relationships can be difficult. They may be troubled by psychological issues or trauma. For some, even their spiritual lives seem empty and they may feel disconnected from God. (Read More
Veteran gets new home: Tierra West Estates
Published: June 12, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tierra West Estates manufactured home community in Albuquerque collaborated with the New Mexico Veteran’s Integration Center (VIC) to surprise a one-time homeless wounded Iraqi veteran with a new manufactured home for him and his family.(Read More
Veterans helping veterans
Published: Thursday, January 23, 2014
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — Answering the needs of those who once answered their nations call to duty is the Supportive Services for Veteran Families goal.
SSVF reached out to Alamogordo veterans by hosting two veterans outreach events at Walmart, 233 N. New York Ave, and the Disabled American Veterans office, 821 Alaska Ave, Thursday. (Read More
Casino gears up for charitable effort
Albuquerque Business First
Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Santa Ana Star Casino donated more than $140,000 to four local charities during the recent holiday season through a giving program called Play it Forward.
“We’ve led the effort to pull our community together to make a profound difference,” said Santa Ana Star Casino General Manager John Cirrincione in a news release. “Play it Forward provided a platform for our guests to help those in need while having fun here at Santa Ana Star Casino. In addition to money, Play it Forward also provided each charity with much needed public awareness.” (Read More
Ron and Ted's Excellent Adventure
United Way's Community Fund
Published: October 09, 2012
Ron and Ted visit NM Veterans Integration Center. (Read More
Program Helps Homeless Vets Recover, Thrive
Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Local experts on the homeless said more veterans are finding themselves on the streets due to a tough economy and a lack of programs that help, but one organization is doing everything it can to help homeless veterans turn things around.
While people took the time to celebrate Memorial Day, veterans wanted people to remember there are thousands of homeless. (Read More
N.M. Veterans' Integration Center Gets Donations
Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico American Legion Riders has donated $25,000 to the Veterans' Integration Center.
The check presentation last week launched the New Mexico Veterans Challenge, which wants all New Mexicans to donate at least $5 to raise money for a permanent integration center for homeless veterans. (Read More
Agencies help homeless NM veterans get new start
Published: Friday, December 10, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When Air Force veteran Chris Jerman Jr. entered the New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers, or VIC, in 2002, his jeans were tattered and his dirt-caked hands trembled, he says, from cocaine and alcohol withdrawal.
Fermin Ortega, operations manager at the integration centers, offered coffee. Jerman refused for fear of spilling it, so Ortega gave him half a cup.(Read More
Vets center sees more PTSD
Published: January 14, 2010
n employee of a residential veterans center on East Central in Albuquerque says that he's seeing more
cases of PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Especially with the war going on, we see a lot of younger veterans coming in, said Garfield Lopez, who works at the
New Mexico Veterans Itegration Center. But there is help out there. You've got to reach out and look for it. (Read More
Volunteers upgrade Veterans Integration Center
Albuquerque Business First
Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 150 volunteers will spend Saturday helping residents of the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center with a major renovation of the facility.
The center is a former motel at 6101 Central Ave. NE that serves more than 70 homeless veterans, including two families and their children. It provides veterans with employment training, housing and other support services. The center hopes that with the renovation, it can expand to 124 rooms, according to a news release. (Read More