New Directions for Veterans

Program Name

Oasis for Women

Program Site

Main Facility:  11303 Wilshire Blvd., VA Bldg. 116, Los Angeles, CA 90073

Oasis for Women:  Location is confidential

Why New Directions for Veterans?

According to the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, more than 350 female veterans are living on the streets of Los Angeles County. Oasis for Veteran Women was established in 1994 as the first program in the U.S. designed specifically for female veterans dealing with the impact of homelessness and trauma. Located in two community-based homes, Oasis serves displaced female veterans and dependents of veterans, offering two levels of long-term transitional housing with the goal of permanent housing and economic self-sufficiency. Mitchell House is an emergency shelter, where residents may stay up to 90 days before transitioning to our second phase house. In this first phase of treatment, women attend parenting and anger management classes, addiction and therapy groups and computer classes. Residents are able to further their education and resolve legal and/or financial issues. The second phase residence, Keaveney House, is designed for veterans who are employed and/or going to school. All 15 clients at the Oasis for Veteran Women houses have an onsite therapist. The two houses offer female veterans a safe place to turn their lives around and make constructive contributions to the community. Oasis places an emphasis on issues impacting women veterans, such as Military (or non-military) Sexual Trauma (MST), as well as PTSD and depression. Other services our women veterans are able to receive include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Case Management and Advocacy
  • Medical Assistance
  • Legal Support
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Job Education and Training
  • Family Reunification
  • Financial Literacy Education

About New Directions for Veterans

Since 1992, New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) has helped our nation’s veterans successfully address the challenges of life after military service. Guided by our mission to empower men and women who served in the military, and their families, to lead productive and fulfilling lives, NDVets helps Los Angeles area homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness effectively transform their lives. Founded by two formerly homeless Vietnam veterans and a local advocate for homeless persons, NDVets initially operated out of a five bedroom home serving eight homeless Vietnam War veterans. Experiencing our largest growth in the last few years, we now operate four transitional residential programs and six permanent supportive housing facilities in Los Angeles County where hundreds of veterans are helped each year to receive mental health and substance abuse counseling, improve education and vocational skills, find employment or obtain benefits income, reunite with their families, and find permanent housing.

www.ndvets.org

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