The Veterans Service Center is a One-Stop Center and outreach program dedicated to providing referral assistance to homeless veterans in our community. The Veteran Center seeks to provide a safe haven for veterans seeking access to community support support services and stable housing. By providing an environment that is safe and veteran friendly, the HomeFirst Veteran Center hops to create a foundation for a “Veterans helping Veterans” support system that is self-sustainable and inclusive. In conjunction with community social service agencies, Veteran Administration of Palo Alto and other Bay Area veteran centers, we hope to offer accessible services for the homeless veteran population throughout the county.
The Veterans center provides homeless and at-risk vets in Santa Clara County with workshops and drop-in assistance to build community, manage mental and physical health issues, and achieve overall stability. Services include counseling, health care, employment assistance, and connection to mainstream benefits. On-site access to these services allows HomeFirst staff to assist clients with various needs at one central location.
The Veteran Center is located in the Boccardo Regional Reception Center (BRC) and is open Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. While at the center, veterans are able to work one-on-one with a case manager to address their housing, employment, and benefit needs. Workshops are available to improve on skills related to living, communication, money management, and employment.
Services available at the Service Center Include:
- On-site VA Doctor Services
- Life skills workshops
- Computer and Internet access
- General Assistance/Cash aid help
- Vet2Vet peer group meetings
- Veteran compensation disability & pension services
- Minor dental work
- Rent and deposit assistance
- Social Security advocates
- Exercise Equipment
- Various group classes throughout the day and evening
- Snacks and coffee
If you would like more information on the Veterans Service Center please call Robin Robin McGovern at (408) 510-7520 or e-mail Robin McGovern.
The Veterans Service Center is located at the Boccardo Reception Center (BRC): 2011 Little Orchard Street San Jose CA 95112. Clients may take Bus lines #66 or #68 and exit at Curtner Avenue Monterey Road. The center is open Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.