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About the Veterans Transition Center

The VTC seeks to end Veteran homelessness in Monterey County, working towards "Functional Zero" - where no Veteran is forced to be homeless. Since 1996, this 501(c)(3) non-profit has operated on historic Fort Ord land to provide meals, clothing, and housing to Veterans who are homeless or have been incarcerated. We are one of very few programs in the Nation that welcomes Veterans and their families, as well as pets.

 

Each Veteran is paired with a dedicated VTC Case Manager who designs and supervises their recovery program while addressing medical, psychological, occupational, financial, educational, and social issues. We offer several housing programs, including emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing. Additional resources available to Veterans are essentials such as:

  • Food

  • Clothing

  • Furniture

  • Transportation

  • Benefits assistance

  • Mental health counseling

  • Substance abuse recovery

  • Employment resources

  • Community enrichment

VTC has been instrumental in creating the nation's first dedicated prison yard for Veterans at California Training Facility (CTF) Soledad, marking an historic moment in the pursuit of rehabilitation and reintegration for our incarcerated Veterans. We bring in enrichment programs into the Veterans Hub, including Narration Therapy, DeCruit, Wiley's Wish, Anger Management, Domestic Violence Prevention, Crochet Comer, Road to Freedom, Milliati Islami, Narcotics Anonymous, and Breathwork. By creating a dedicated space within the prison system, we envision a future where Veterans can access resources, positive programming, guidance, and camaraderie. To date, we have helped over 160 formerly incarcerated Veterans with their transition back into society, and into our Transformative Re-entry program, also known as LTORR. Compared with California's recidivism rate of 42% - where a person released from prison commits another crime - our program participants have a 0% recidivism rate

On average, Veterans stay with VTC for seven months while they pursue self-sufficiency; a successful transition entails a Veteran securing reliable housing and sufficient income to support their needs. We receive federal and state funding to support these efforts, but we rely on donations from the public to ensure all VTC's residents needs are met through our wraparound services.

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