Agencies join forces to help veterans in need

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Two local agencies serving veterans have formed a partnership to "streamline" the care they offer.

Phoenix Programs, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility, has subcontracted Welcome Home, a shelter for veterans facing homelessness, to help those receiving treatment make the transition from their program to long-term housing.

The partnership aims to ease the grant administration process for the Veteran's Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant that both agencies previously received individually, according to a news release from Phoenix Programs.

The supported services grant was awarded to Phoenix Programs in the amount of $413,929 for 2019 and will be used entirely to help homeless veterans, according to its website.

Phoenix Programs has offered inpatient and outpatient services for drug and alcohol addiction since it opened its doors in 1974. In 2018, it was home to 32 veterans receiving treatment.

Welcome Home acts as both a shelter for homeless veterans and their families and as a support group for finding permanent housing. In 2017 alone, it was able to help 175 veterans in Columbia.

"We certainly can do more together," Teresa Goslin, executive director of Phoenix Programs, said. "It is a natural fit for Phoenix Programs to partner with Welcome Home, and we look forward to improving services and providing the best quality of life possible for the veterans we serve."

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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