United Way of Tarrant County has awarded $332,782 in Veterans Fund grants for 2016-2017 to nonprofits serving military service members who are returning to civilian life in the Tarrant County area. The services include information and referral, employment and training programs, financial coaching, legal and mental health services, and family counseling.
The Veterans Fund grants have been awarded to CLC Inc.; 2-1-1 Texas at United Way; the Center for Transforming Lives; Tarrant County Veterans Treatment Court; Marriage Management; and the Recovery Resource Council.
Established three years ago, the United Way of Tarrant County Veterans Fund was the brainchild of Lockheed Martin, which has provided most of the funding each year. The Fund is underwritten this year with $300,000 from Lockheed Martin, $25,000 from Bell Helicopter and $7,782 from individual donors.
The grants will support these services:
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
2-1-1 Texas at United Way has been allocated $50,800 to continue providing callers with access to a Military Specialist who will follow up on calls from military families/veterans. The specialist assesses the needs of veterans and military families who call the free 2-1-1 service and refers callers to the most appropriate services.
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
CLC, Inc. is receiving $87,906 to provide training and employment services to veterans and their families. The program includes female and hard-to-reach veterans. Participants work with Employment Specialists to create individual placement plans and undergo training and placement activities that lead to employment.
The Center for Transforming Lives is receiving $20,576 for financial education and coaching. Financial coaches who have been trained in trauma-informed care will provide the evidence-based services once a month.
Tarrant County Veterans Treatment Court is receiving $60,000 for an alternative program for veterans returning from combat who face prosecution for non-violent offenses. The program locates veterans, assesses their needs and diverts them to supervised, intensive treatment. Addiction treatment services will be enhanced and services will be provided to indigent clients after successful completion of the program.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Marriage Management is receiving $38,500 to provide marriage education classes using a curriculum called Active Military Life and Resiliency Skills. The evidence-based curriculum focuses on communication and conflict resolution.
Recovery Resource Council is receiving $75,000 for its Enduring Families program. The program provides evidence-based individual, group and family counseling for anxiety and depression reduction, consumer advocacy, and peer navigation for veterans.