Right Turn for Yuma Veterans is a new program within Child and Family Services, Inc. of Yuma, Arizona. Child & Family Services of Yuma, Inc (CFS) is a non-profit agency that has provided quality services to children and their families since 1979. We are a community based program that relies heavily on local fundraising and donations.
Right Turn for Yuma Veterans offers transitional housing in a group home setting for up to six male veterans at any given time who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. A clean, comfortable, and safe environment provides our residents with a reliable stepping off point for their return to independence.
We offer coordination of services with various local programs and life coaching where needed to assist veterans in taking the necessary steps to solve their own problems.
When a qualified veteran enters into the program, he meets with the program manger to discuss his specific needs for services. During this one on one interaction, the veteran identifies the problems that he must resolve in order to, once again, become an independent and contributing member of society. With the assistance of the program manager, he develops a detailed written plan for addressing these problems.
Right Turn focuses on the individual goals of each unique veteran. These goals include, but are not limited to:
- Improving mental/physical health
- Developing financial independence
- Re-engagement with their family and community
- Obtaining military benefits
- Finding valuable employment/schooling
- Finding independent living
Right Turn provides to its veterans mental health counseling, case coordination, transportation, and life coaching in the areas of healthy living and financial planning and job seeking skills. Services that we coordinate include transportation to medical appointments, employment activities, volunteer activities, and employment searches.
Veterans are encouraged to volunteer in the community, participate in community activities, seek out and participate in healthy recreational activities, and to build beneficial friendships.
The interaction between residents in the group living environment is very beneficial. The men practice many social skills necessary for living together in a positive and uplifting manner. This contributes to the success of each veteran upon returning to work, and in becoming involved in community activities. They actively practice appropriate conflict resolution, shared responsibility and shared goal setting activities. The men share the responsibilities of household chores, cooking, yard work and minor maintenance activities. They develop friendships which will be valuable to them indefinitely as they return to independent living.
When our veterans initially enter our program we observe that they had lackluster expressions, seemed dejected and/or anxious. Most have no income or income prospects. They communicate minimally with staff members and little or none with other residents. Several have unresolved medical issues. Most are not participating in any community activities and had very limited or no ties to the community.
During their continued participation, we observe increased expressions of hope, a sense of pride, and increased self-confidence in all of the residents. The veterans verbally express appreciation and often celebrate their achievements openly with staff members and other residents.
Donations are such a vital part of our organization and we appreciate any and all donations made towards our program. Various examples of donations include; Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, CFC Combined Federal Campaign, Arizona State Employee Charitable Contributions.
Provide homeless or at risk of being homeless veterans with a permanent transition from homelessness to financial and social independence by providing transitional housing to include room and board, assistance in obtaining financial independence, medical benefits and services, and re-engagement with community and family
Right Turn Yuma Veterans Assistance
Recent Fundraising Events
When: April 14, 2018 8 AM
Where: Cocopah RV & Golf Resort