Veterans Service Organizations and Groups
Veterans Council – We are a participant in a local veterans council that meets monthly at the VFW Hall at 4th & Olney in Bend, OR. The Veterans Council is a local consortium of representatives from veterans groups who meet to keep one another informed and advocate for veterans on various issues affecting veterans, such as housing, transportation and other services.
Disabled American Veterans Randy L. Newman Chapter 14, Bend, OR – Chapter 14 is a partner. Chapter 14 provides the telephone line that is located in our offices for the DAV Shuttle Van. We provide the staffing to answer the phone, make the reservations, coordinate with the Portland DAV representative and Portland VA Medical Center on coordinating appointments, coordinate with the local Bend CBOC outpatient clinic and work with the local veterans who are making reservations. The Shuttle Van Coordinator who is the primary person who staffs the reservation service is a disabled veteran.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 820, Bend, OR – In 2010 we received a $600 grant from our local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Bend for use in our outreach programs/projects. These funds have been received and expended. We partner with our local VVA chapter in participating in veterans events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day functions. Chapter 820 meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm at the VFW Hall, 4th & Olney, in Bend. www.vva.or-org.
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 821 LaPine, OR – We have been voted a $300 grant from the LaPine chapters of these two organizations who went together to provide us the grant. The funds have not been received and will be used toward engine repairs to get the donated medical van running. We partner with both these organizations in participating in veterans events such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day functions. The LaPine VVA meets at the LaPine VFW Hall, 16480 Finley Butte Road, LaPine, the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 pm.
Band of Brothers – Veterans of every generation from WWII to the present meet every Monday morning at 11 am at Jake’s Diner, 2210 NE Highway 20, Bend, OR 97701.
LaPine Veterans Group – Veterans of every generation from the South County area meet every Wednesday morning at 9 am at Gordy’s Truck Stop, Wickiup Junction.
Central Oregon Military Officers Association, P.O. Box 7826, Bend, OR 97708. – Meets the 3rd Sunday of each month at different locations around Central Oregon. A chapter of the national Retired Military Officer’s Association. http://www.comoaa.com
Veterans of Foreign Wars #1643, 1503 NE 4th Street (4th & Olney), Bend, OR 97701
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Deschutes Post #4108, 1836 SW Veterans Way, Redmond, OR 97756.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Crook County, 405 N. Main Street, Prineville, OR 97754.
American Legion Stevens-Chute Post #4, P.O. Box 784, Bend, OR 97708
American Legion Crook County Post #29, 405 N. Main Street, Prineville, OR 97754.
American Legion Lee Morton Memorial Post #86, 520 E. Cascade Avenue, Sisters, OR 97759
American Legion John Sloss Post 125, 860 SW Madision Street, Madras, OR 97741
County Veterans Services Officers
Other Community Partners
NeighborImpact - NeighborImpact is a regional community support organization that receives local, state and federal funding to assist at-risk populations. We are the recipient of an on-going $8,000 annual grant which is used to help us cover utility, maintenance and other costs associated with operating Home of the Brave, our transitional house for homeless veterans. NeighborImpact has donated us a van (which is not currently operable) that we will use for our program/project to take medical services out into the homeless camps. We also work with NeighborImpact in conducting an annual 1-Night Shelter Count of the homeless population of Central Oregon with our focus being on veterans in homeless camps.
Homeless Leadership Coalition -
Volunteers In Medicine – Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) is a local non-profit which provides medical care to low income residents of Central Oregon. VIM can provide no financial support but is partnering with us to help us develop 5 two-person teams of medical professionals to staff our medical van project to take medical services out to the homeless camps. VIM is also working with us to help identify the medical supplies we will need to support the medical van and will also allow us to keep the van parked at their location when it is not in use. We receive no funding from VIM.
Partnership to End Poverty – Partnership to End Poverty is a regional non-profit that sponsors various programs aimed at addressing poverty issues in Central Oregon. We are partnering with Partnership to End Poverty on two projects: Establishing a local Veterans Court and the medical van project. The Partnership is not supplying any funding but is providing staffing assistance and advice as we work to get these projects up and running. We receive no funding from the Partnership.
Bend’s Community Center – Bend’s Community Center (BCC) is a local non-profit that specializes in services to low income and homeless persons in Central Oregon. We have a sharing partnership with BCC. When we do not have items on hand for homeless veterans, we provide a voucher to BCC’s thrift store and when homeless veterans come to BCC, they are referred to us for services. BCC has agreed to provide warehouse space for us to store surplus DOD property that we dispense to homeless veterans at a much lower cost that what we have been paying to have the surplus property stored at a commercial storage facility. We receive no funding from BCC but we will pay BCC a small fee to store our DOD surplus property at their warehouse.
Bethlehem Inn – Bethlehem Inn is an area homeless shelter that provides shelter to single men, single women and families, including veterans. We have a reciprocal arrangement with Bethlehem Inn. When a new resident is identified who is a veteran, we are notified and we work with the veteran to get them into services. Bethlehem Inn allows us to refer veterans who first contact us for assistance and who are homeless. Bethlehem Inn provides us with some of the food we use to take out to the homeless camps.
Cascade Community Development – Cascade Community Development (CCD) is a partner. CCD is a community-based, non-profit organization whose purpose is to help Central Oregon communities develop affordable housing for special population groups, such as developmentally disabled persons, physically handicapped, seniors, etc. We are partnering with CCD in an initiative to seek funding that will allow us to renovate an old adult foster home into affordable independent living suites for elderly veterans.
HousingWorks – HousingWorks “HousingWorks” is the “doing business as” name for the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority. We are using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding we received to purchase a former public housing duplex from HousingWorks that we will use to provide affordable housing to female veterans and/or a veteran with a family. We are partnering with HousingWorks on the HUD-VASH program to help identify eligible veterans to receive vouchers and to advocate for them with the Veterans Administration.
Shepherd’s House -