Catholic Radio for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Published: November 11, 2017
Outreach Coordinator, Wendy Webber was on the Archbishop’s Hour show for Catholic Radio for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She discusses why she works for the VIC and what we do for our Veterans. (Read More
'Stand Down' offers homeless vets a 'Hand Up' The Nucleus
Published: November 02, 2017
The sun is already high in the crystal-clear blue sky typical of Albuquerque in October as people line up around the block to make their way into the New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers Stand Down event Oct. 26.
The VIC’s Stand Down and Project Hand-up is a yearly event. It lasts for two days, with the first day being only for veterans who are homeless or near homeless. The second day is open to all in the Albuquerque area who are struggling with homelessness or at risk of being homeless.(Read More
A way off the streets: Outreach Court offers hope for homeless in trouble Albuquerque Journal
Published: October 26, 2017
Those who are homeless often find themselves there during the very worst points in their lives.
Such was the case for Carla Dominguez, who found herself in recent years homeless in Albuquerque and battling substance abuse. She had several pending shoplifting and criminal damage to property charges to her name.(Read More
Coming Home Local Flavor Magazine
Published: October 2017
Humans do not thrive without a roof over our heads. We need the security of a home. Increasingly, this basic human need is out of reach for an ever-swelling segment of Americans. Beyond a few at busy intersections, holding signs that read: Will Work For Food, their ranks have been multiplying-their signs now saying, Please Help. It’s a simple request, but what’s the solution?
In 2009, then-Secretary Eric Shinseki of the Veterans Association, along with President Barack Obama, set an impossibly audacious challenge: to end veteran homelessness by 2015. In our national scandal that is homelessness, veterans are undeniable over-represented; why not start there? It’s an issue that everyone can support, Republican and Democrat alike. In mid-2014, as that goal loomed closer, First Lady Michelle Obama upped the ante with the Mayors’ Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.(Read More
Statistics: Mental illness, addiction common in vets needing housing
Published: April 29, 2017
The number of homeless and near-homeless veterans needing services is significant around the Albuquerque area, especially in those over the age of 60.
However, the services available for them have increased. The New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers (VIC) staff believes the resources are reducing the actual number of homeless veterans.
In 2013 the total number of homeless veterans was 170 people in Albuquerque, according to the Coalition to End Homelessness Point-In-Time report. They made up 18 percent of the homeless population.(Read More
Services help vets facing homelessness, legal trouble
Published: April 29, 2017
Veterans who have experienced combat face a special set of circumstances when integrating back into society.
Many veterans trying to integrate go through a period of thrill-seeking.
“It’s an invincibility complex; they are trying to achieve the adrenaline rush they lived with in the high-stress environment of deployment,” said New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers lead case manager Wilford Crain, an Army combat veteran.(Read More