A Success Story Featuring Aaron

By Terry Jones, Employment Recruiter Aaron B. is a residential treatment client with WestCare Gulf Coast and is part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Treatment, Recovery and Workforce Support Grant program. He is also a U.S. Army Combat Veteran. In February, he began working at Hammer Haag Steel, Inc. Glen […]

Puerto Rico

Guara Bi Yocahú Gets a Spotlight on Their Services

By Yolanda Gonzalezmalave, Program Assistant & HR Coordinator Ms. Karina Cruz, Case Manager from Guara Bi Yocahú was interviewed as part of a recent radio broadcast on Victoria 840 AM. During the show, Ms. Cruz discussed the housing and medical services that are offered at our facility for homeless men and women who have tested […]


Nevada Colleges Make the COVID-19 Vaccine Possible for Our Clients

By Rhonda Davisson, Transitional Coordinator Beginning this past March, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Schools of Medicine and Nursing partnered with their Student Health Center as well as the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and Nevada State College (NSC) to hold a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on the UNLV Campus. In mid-March, we were […]


Guidance Center Celebrates its Second Graduate

By Ray Cox, Program Director On April 1st, 2021, amidst a year-long pandemic of epic proportions, Christian A. became the second resident to successfully complete the Guidance Center’s residential treatment program which serves men between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six who are residing in Georgia. Graduations are a special time of celebration at WestCare […]


Caesars Entertainment. Inc. Gives Back to Our Ladies in Need

By Emily Selby, BHT, Case Manager Caesars Entertainment, Inc., which operates the Harrah’s and Tropicana hotels in Laughlin, AZ recently donated some very useful items to WestCare Arizona’s Women Helping Women program. Through our work, we are able to assist women who are fleeing domestic abuse or other traumas with obtaining shelter, clothes, and other […]

Pacific Islands

Community Connections

By Sonia Taijeron, Veteran Advocate and Regina Shiroma, Research Assistant For the month of April, the WestCare Pacific Islands team enthusiastically returned to conducting in-person outreach in the community. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) team showed up and suited up for the 2021 Passport-to-Services event. In collaboration with the Guam Homeless Coalition (GHC), […]


Introducing the Jail In-House Program (JIP)

By Kristin Flores, MCAP, Lead Substance Abuse Counselor When people think about counseling settings, they often imagine cozy spaces and a silent office. Imagine sitting in a counseling session while hearing slamming steel doors, jangling keys, arguing voices, and constant phones ringing. These are the sounds present at the Monroe County Detention Center (MCDC) in […]


Ten Years of Volunteering

By Barbara Ruiter, Data Entry Family Alliance for Veterans of America (FAVA)/WestCare Iowa has had several volunteers and interns to help with various tasks throughout FAVA’s ten years. Linda Parmley is our glowing star that we want to acknowledge and show appreciation to for her consistent help throughout the years. She was a member of […]


Drive-Thru Resource Fair Provides Winter Storm Relief

By Linda Papayanopulus, Community Engagement Coordinator On March 17th, WestCare Texas held our Community Blood Drive & Drive-Thru Resource Fair to bring winter storm relief and recovery resources to low-income families following the crippling snowstorm that Texas faced in February. “While many have had their power turned back on and water restored, there are still […]


Addressing Food Insecurity Among Local Veterans

By Donald Lachman, Special Projects Coordinator, and Andrea Talmadge, Regional Coordinator Food insecurity is a term that we have heard frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic to describe the challenges many people are experiencing as they try to put food on the table. We have all witnessed scenes in the news of long lines of people […]