Safe Haven Program Pilots New Paradigm for Veterans Services
The Safe Haven program is a 10-bed short-term transitional housing program for veterans with current substance abuse and mental health issues located in Dorchester, MA. This is a pilot program and one of only four throughout the country. The Safe Haven program targets chronically homeless veterans who have had difficulty with traditional housing programs.
The program utilizes three evidence-based practices for care: Motivational Interviewing, critical time intervention, and stages of change. Safe Haven provides a low-demand and non-intrusive environment to its guests. The guidelines to the program are minimal and the focus is on the safety of the individual. The ultimate goal is to facilitate a safe and healthy transition for the veterans into permanent housing.
In addition to housing, three healthy meals per day, snacks, counsel, spiritual guidance, and referral services are provided at the request of the client. The staff will strive to provide an environment that is conducive for the veteran to find hope, opportunity, and strength for a life transformation.