Colo. center aims to help ‘invisible’ homeless: women veterans

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — It’s the “invisible population” that officials from an Aurora shelter want to see more often.

Jamie Hall, the Nexus coordinator for Comitis Crisis Center, sets up a booth at a November fundraising event. The center is opening a floor dedicated to helping homeless female veterans. (AP Photo/The Aurora Sentinel, Marla R. Keown)

Jamie Hall, the Nexus coordinator for Comitis Crisis Center, sets up a booth at a November fundraising event. The center is opening a floor dedicated to helping homeless female veterans. (AP Photo/The Aurora Sentinel, Marla R. Keown)

As the last remaining days pass before final approval from Department of Veterans Affairs comes in for the Aurora program, Comitis Crisis Center spokesman James Gillespie says getting the word out now about homeless female veterans is important.

“A lot of these women have come back to surprises, unfortunately,” he said. That means female veterans who left to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan have increasingly come back to find homes in shambles, spouses who’ve left or family finances broken beyond repair.

Combine those stressors with mental illness from war, often Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury — often complicated by substance abuse — and Gillespie said what’s left are one of the most underserved populations of homeless people.

“These women are 100 percent homeless but tend to stay with family or friends, instead of on the street,” he said.

As a result, Comitis will open at least eight of their beds to homeless female veterans in a program operated with the VA. Gillespie said the VA will help pay for the veterans to stay at the shelter, up to 8 months to 12 months if necessary, with Comitis picking up the tab for the rest of the family if necessary.

Gillespie and other officials from Comitis said keeping families intact was paramount to helping those veterans.

“One of the core pillars of Comitis is to keep the family unified, and if they’re not together . to reunify them,” he said.

Jeanette Early, national president for Gold Star Wives, a veteran spousal support group, agreed.

“Women coming back, they’re having . psychological issues, they’re suffering from traumas, they’re coming out with all these issues, and it’s important to keep them together,” she said.

Dave Romero, shelter supervisor, helps prepare to provide new beds for female veterans at Comitis Family Services.  (AP Photo/The Aurora Sentinel, Marla R. Keown)

Dave Romero, shelter supervisor, helps prepare to provide new beds for female veterans at Comitis Family Services. (AP Photo/The Aurora Sentinel, Marla R. Keown)

According to a 2012 survey of homeless within the metro area conducted by the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, roughly 10 percent of homeless veterans were female. That’s because most homeless female veterans “couch hop,” according to Gillespie, who estimates that the number is almost certainly higher.

Even at 10 percent, the number of homeless female vets for the metro area is higher than the national average. According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, only 5 percent of homeless vets are female, with an overwhelming majority being either black or Hispanic.

According to the NCHV, over 75 percent of the homeless veterans have substance abuse problems, which contributes to chronic homelessness for many of them. In the metro area, 41 percent of the homeless vets surveyed said they had been homeless two or more times in the last 3 years, with 75 percent of those surveyed saying they had been homeless for one month at a stretch or more.

Gillespie said giving those veterans a stable home and a stable place for their children can help.

“To keep the kids in the same school is a big deal,” he said.

According to the survey conducted by MDHI earlier this year, 30 percent of homeless female veterans reported being single with having children younger than 18 years old.

Part of that process, too, is finding work for veterans, officials said.

“It’s so needed right now,” Early said. “Providing to take care of some of their concerns, medical needs and getting them back on track to help themselves and getting them trained.”

According to the metro area survey, more than 70 percent of the homeless vets surveyed said they hadn’t received money from work in the past month, with 35 percent saying they were homeless due to a lost job or unable to find work.

Gillespie said the impetus for opening the beds for women was the shelter’s proximity to the coming VA hospital and access to services.

“It was a real no-brainer, We have a large veteran population in Aurora, and a long history with the Fitzsimons area. We wanted to participate to serve them. It’s an inequity that shouldn’t be in our culture,” he said.

“The vision that Comitis has for the program looks very promising to help (female veterans) with medical concerns and getting them back in the job market and . re-integrating into the community,” Early said.

The program at Comitis hasn’t started yet, Gillespie said. There are still a few more approvals to receive from the VA and paperwork to push through, but he anticipates the eight beds will be open in the coming weeks.

Comitis too has been preparing for the program to begin. The shelter recently received the Eagle Award from Housing Colorado as providing “outstanding leadership in housing and support services.”

Those support services are playing an increasing role too for veterans. According to the survey, nearly 1 in 4 homeless veterans reported visiting some sort of “transitional housing” within the past week.

But Gillespie said the crisis center and VA are hoping that the multi-state program will be able to keep some families together by giving mothers a place to call home, even if it’s temporary.

“It’s one of the most important aspects for a mother who became a soldier, to become a mother again.”

 

 

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    FUNNY THAT JENNI RIVERA’S HUSBANDS NAMES MATCH THE INCIDENTS OF WHAT IS GOING ON HERE WITH ME; THE NAME TRINO, WHO IT IS SAID THAT I WAS MARRIED TO, AND THE SWITCH OFF OF OTHER SAID TRINOS; CLAIMS OF BEING THE FATHERS OF MY CHILDREN, KIDNAPPING CASES, WITH SAID JUDICIAL SYSTEM INVOLVED; MY CHILDREN BEING HELD HOSTAGE; WITH AUDIO, KNOW TO BE USED IN THIS AREA, KNOWN AS ELK GROVE, SAID CALIFORNIA, IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF SACRAMENTO COUNTY; AMONG MANY OTHER PLACES BY CULT MEMBERS; USED IN VIETNAM, ETC~ AND CONCENTRATION CAMPS, SUCH AS WHAT THEY REFER TO AS THE PRISON SYSTEMS HERE AS WELL AS EVERYWHERE ELSE INCLUDING, AND ESPECIALLY MEXICO ETC, WHO HELD TRUE AMERICANS HOSTAGE THERE, AS I WAS ON VARIOUS OCCASIONS ~ THEY ARE TORTURING, AND TORMENTING FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FAMILY CHILDREN, INCLUDING AND ESPECIALLY MINE! 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JENNI RIVERA’S OTHER HUSBAND WHICH MATCHES FIRST, NAME AND LAST NAME TO OTHER CASES OF RAPE, HOSTAGE, KIDNAPPINGS, CHILD MOLESTATION, MURDERS, TERRORISM HUMAN TRAFFICKING AS WELL AS CHILD TRAFFICKING TO, AND FROM OTHER SAID COUNTRIES, INCLUDING, AND ESPECIALLY MEXICO, ETC; MURDERS, AND BODIES TAKEN TO SAID JUAREZ, NOT TO MENTION THOSE BURIED UNDER BUILDINGS, OR HOUSES; NEW HOMES ETC… THE HOUSING/ CONTRACTOR CONSPIRACIES… THIS DONE TO MY FAMILY MEMBERS, AND FAMILY CHILDREN ETC, ALL AMERICAN MILITARY~ CONNECTED TO MEXICO, ETC… THE CLAIMS THAT I WAS MARRIED TO HIM; A JUAN LOPEZ/S/ THEM ALSO~ FALSE MARRIAGES, CLAIMED, AND FORCED BY RELIGIOUS ORDERS, METHODIST, MORMONS, CATHOLICS, BAPTIST, JEHOVA WITNESSES, ETC; METHODIST/ JIM JONES CASE, ETC; THIS TAKING PLACE IN SAN LEANDRO/ HAYWARD SAID CALIFORNIA, ALAMEDA COUNTY, AS WELL AS MANY OTHER PLACES; EVERYWHERE~ THE NAME JUAN LOPEZ/S CASES OF RAPES ABDUCTIONS; CONNECTED TO THE SAID TRUCKING INDUSTRY, AND MEXICO ETC; SHUTTLE CASES; THE REST STOP ABDUCTIONS MURDERS, SADOMASOCHISM; LOS BANOS CONNECTION ETC~ IF IT WERE NOT THAT MY CASES OCCURRED BEFORE JENNI RIVERA’S, THE SELF PROCLAIMED AUTHORITY WOULD CLAIM THAT I TOOK THE NAMES FROM JENNI RIVERAS CASES, AND THAT I WAS MAKING IT UP; THE ZODIAC MASSACRES , WHERE PART OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH BOMBING OF THE AMERICAN WORLD TRADE CENTERS, WHICH INCLUDE, AND ARE CONNECTED TO THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHICH HAS BEEN OVERCOME, AND OVER TAKEN; THIS WHICH IS CALLED THE ZODIAC BOMBINGS~ I THE VOICE AT THE AMERICAN HOMELAND SECURITY WHEN THE OKLAHOMA BOMBING TOOK PLACE; AND I THE MOTHER, AND AUNT, GRANDMOTHER, ETC OF THE CHILDREN WHO WERE FORCED TO EAT GIRL/BOY SCOUT COOKIES, LACED WITH CYANIDE, BUT MANY STILL MISSING, AND STILL BEING HELD HOSTAGE; VANISHED CASES; LAURA MAR CASES ETC; OBAMA’S PHOTO MATCHED UP TO THE SKETCH OF THE ZODIAC MURDER; THIS EXPOSED REPEATEDLY, BUT JUST AS IT WAS PROVEN REPEATEDLY, SO DOES THE FALSE JUDICIAL SYSTEM, AS WELL AS MILITARY, AND FALSE GOVERNMENT DENY IT. 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JUST TO MUCH COINCIDENCE TO ALL WHICH INVOLVES SUCH CASES, AND MINE… OH AND THE CLAIMS THAT I AM THE MOST HATED WOMAN IN THE WORLD… YEAH… TO NAZIS’ AND ISLAMIC TERRORIST; I HAVE BEEN IN MOST, OR MANY BOMBINGS, AND I AND FAMILY MEMBERS, THE TRUE AMERICAN OFFICIALS AS THE TARGETS, EVEN AT THE ENGLISH EMBASSY IN SAID ENGLAND, WHERE CIA WAS NAMED, AND IDENTIFIED AS THE ONES SEEN AT THE SCENE~ I WAS LATE, AND CHANGED THE MEETING TO ANOTHER LOCATION; THE SHOOTING DOWN OF OFFICIALS OUTSIDE THE ENGLISH EMBASSY I HAVE BEEN WRITING REGARDING THIS SINCE FOREVER, AND HAVE HAD MANY WEBSITES, BEFORE THE ONES LISTED BELOW~ TAKE NOTE THAT MY SITES ARE MESSED WITH, AND THEY ERASE THINGS, AS THEY HAVE ILLEGALLY ERASED MY OTHER SITES, WHICH HAVE BEEN LISTED AS THE SO CALLED FACEBOOK/ MYSPACE CELEBRITY LIST ON MANY VARIOUS OCCASIONS… http://www.facebook.com/ilsedesiree.bauer http://www.myspace.com/tah_tah_guzman/photoscebook.com/ilsedesiree.bauer http://www.myspace.com/tah_tah_guzman/photos

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