'One-stop Center' opens in Buffalo in April to help WNY vets
Submitted by Billie Owens on February 14, 2013 - 2:30pm
The Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York, Inc., (“One-stop Center” or “VOC of WNY”) announced Tuesday that it will open a “one-stop” veterans advocacy and service center at 1280 Main St. in Buffalo in April.
VOC of WNY is intended to serve the seven counties of WNY, including Genesee County, which is estimated to have a veterans population of more than 4,500.
The VOC of WNY is an independent, nonprofit collaborative, that will offer U.S. veterans, service members, and their families the convenience of a barrier-free “one-stop” location to access coordinated, individualized and integrated social, health, educational, economic, and supportive services.
The “One-stop Center” will feature the comfort of a “home base” environment to welcome, affirm, and respond to each individual veteran’s specific needs. A variety of services will be provided by existing, independent providers working together in a coordinated, seamless way to provide programming to assist veterans and their families in developing wellness, successful achievement of their goals, realization of their full potential, and reintegration into the community.
Services include: accredited benefits counseling; employment resources and services; peer mentoring; readjustment, behavioral, and mental health counseling; legal services and veterans treatment court mentorship; financial counseling and coaching; education resources services; and housing and emergency services.
The VOC of WNY will be able to tailor all services to have a male, female or a family-specific focus.
The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY has launched a Web site, Facebook page, and Twitter account that contain additional information and provide the opportunity to support the initiative. They can be found at www.vocwny.org, www.facebook.com/VOCofWNY, and on Twitter at @VOCofWNY.