Inner Voice, Illinois’ oldest veterans program, provides housing and employment services

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Take care of the battle bearer, his widow and his orphan. It is the motto of the Department of Veterans Affairs. And the Inner Voice program honors that motto by offering support to veterans who are at risk of losing their homes, who are currently homeless and/or unemployed.

Inner Voice operates the longest running homeless veterans reintegration/HVRP program in the state and recently moved into their new location at the Eddie Beard Veterans Home at 8040 S. Western Avenue in Chicago.

“We take participants who might not be successful in a traditional residential treatment program,” Eddie Beard Vet House Director Halbert Williams said. “We meet participants where they are, work with them, house them first, and create a blueprint in their individual service plan for their goals and objectives to achieve independent living.”

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HVRP assists homeless veterans in Cook, Will, Kankakee, and Iroquois counties by gaining and maintaining gainful employment through training and job placement. They also work on interview preparation, online job search assistance, clothing, and transportation.

Some of the services offered include short-term rental assistance, emergency financial assistance, furniture, transit cards, emergency food, case management, financial literacy and skills of life.

For more information on Inner Voice and their veterans programs, click here.

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