Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 2 reviews
Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Veterans
Location: 459 South Ave Rochester NY 14620 USA
Mission: VOC was founded in 1973 as a temporary "Vets Helping Vets" program in response to the Vietnam War. Twenty-five years later, we still help veterans and their families. Only now we help all veterans -- World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf; those who served their country during peacetime; and the men and women of the Guard and Reserve. Our services include the following: advocacy, benefits assistance, counseling (individual, group, couples and family), crisis intervention and case management, job development and employment assistance, outreach to homeless and at-risk veterans, and referrals.
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I have been familiar and involved with the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) in Rochester over 25 years. It's success in serving veterans of all eras and their families I believe is unparrelled in the entire country. The growth from a shared house offering limited services to now multi building complexes with continual foot traffic shows not only the need for services, but how the VOC has expanded to meet them. Rochester can be truly proud of not only the staff/operations of the VOC, but the volunteers and cooperative financial support of so many organizations the keep it functioning. VOC closes gaps of service for our veterans. One of a kind, it is a one stop veteran's needs shoping. Being a veteran in Rochester, means help is available without charge whenever needed. If you don't know where to start at the VOC, ask for Jocene Henderson ..she will make sure your needs are addressed.
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Jocene Henderson of the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) has been a tireless, dynamic champion for those who served our nation here in the Rochester, NY area. I first met Jocey as a guest at the Veterans Business Council of which VOC is an active supporter. Jocey later invited me to a meeting VOC was working as part of the Help Base Rochester project to engage the faith community of Rochester in HBR's initiative. The VOC is a stronger, more vibrant organization through the direct activities of Jocey and her team. I highly recommend VOC as a charitable not for profit with a focused mission here in the local community.
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Seeing and hearing the positive feedback from other citizens in our community. VOC's involvement directly affected the highly attended faith community attendance meeting in April 2010.
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Increase the outreach budget of which Jocey manages to be a force multiplier for such a dedicated professional to such a worthy cause.