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Our Services are VAST 
The winning Elevation Strategy

Step 1
Meet them where they are in the jails or on the streets. Building the bond early  helps move them into the next step.
The elevation process begins.



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VAST mentors over 120 veterans in coping, and anti violence skills twice a week in the Harris Couty Jails:  "Brothers in Arms, and the Stars in Stripes.

Step 2
Now the trust bond has been created. Move the veterans/ family into getting their basics needs met: food, water, shelter,  Mental hbehavorial, substance use. The is second step of their elevation. 

Homeless to Housed


VAST works with our community partners to elevate the behaorial health  of our veterans and their familes through CPT, DBT sessions

Step 3
Educate the veteran.
Wholistic Health to include Behavioral Health techiques for a more positive mindset

Path to Wellness


VAST works with our community partners to elevate the behaorial health  of our veterans and their familes through CPT, DBT sessions

Step 4
Educate the community Organizations on  behavioral health strategies to better assist the veterans 

Community  Education

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VAST facilitaes an annual Justice Involved Veteran Summit. with representatives for over 50 veterans service organizations

Step 5
Move the veteran, now empowered with improved emotional intelligence into a successful career.

Trauma to Triumph
Job  Placement

VAST has serval careers paths from construction, to drilling, trucking, warehousing, Mental Health Peer Specialist, and more. In most cases VAST can pay for the trainings. 

Why we serve

"Because, at the end of the day, it costs, between shelters and emergency rooms and jails, it costs about $40,000 a year for a homeless person to be on the streets." ~National Alliance to end Homelessness. 

VAST is the solution to the question.

" How do we get veterans off the revolving door of homelessness and incarceration?"

Solution: We meet the veterans where they are and address the behaviors that have kept them on this broken path.  

The VAST family of community partners gets veterans housed, trained and employed., some as Peer Mentors. VAST then deploys them back into the community to walk with others the w
ay we walked with them. The veterans go from costing taxpayers, to becoming one of them.

"To get them off the revolving door you have to show them a new one." ~VAST CEO Valerie James


What is a justice involved veteran?
Justice Involved Veterans 
The term justice involved Veterans is used to describe former service members who have been detained by or are under the supervision of the criminal justice system. Their involvement can range from arrest, to court involvement, to incarceration in jail or prison. ~Veterans Administration
Veterans sometimes enter the military seeking a better life from trauma, a trauma that can be exacerbated during their military service. After their military service you now have a veteran suffering compounding trauma. When these traumas escalate the ensuing behavior if not treated may lead to run ins with the law. This is the justice involved veteran.

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Army Master Sargent Jake Hicks

Why he has such a heart to serve the veterans and their families

How VAST serves the community

VAST receives a Proclamation from the City of Houston for our work with veterans!


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Your donation can help VAST transition a  homeless veteran to a life saving shelter. Your funding helps us Mentor our mentally ill veterans while they are incarcerated.  

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