In 1981, Ivory Smith was honorably discharged from the US Army after four years of service. As a Veteran, Ivory struggled with substance abuse and homelessness. After some self-reflection, he decided to seek assistance from Villa Serena, a San Antonio drug and alcohol rehabilitation center operated through the Department of Veteran Affairs, where he was connected with a Lead Navigator from Endeavors™’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). The Navigator explained to Ivory, “This is an empowerment program. In order for you to improve your situation, you have to be dedicated to maintaining sobriety and addressing your mental health.”
Ivory was ready and took initiative to help himself. With veteran services and Intensive Case Management from his assigned Navigator, he was able to maintain sobriety and obtain part-time employment. Ivory utilized financial support to obtain his Certified Nursing Assistance license through the State of Texas where he is now currently employed full-time, helping to achieve his ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and continued sobriety.
The Veteran Services program offers Homelessness Prevention & Stabilization Services to Veterans and their families in Texas, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina. These supportive services include outreach, case management, help in obtaining VA benefits, emergency financial assistance for rent & utilities and assistance in obtaining and coordinating other public benefits.