Five Star Veterans Center is a nonprofit corporation that opened in 2012. Our goal is to get homeless veterans mentally and physically healthy so they can return to work, reunite with their families and successfully regain control of their lives. Toward this end, we offer safe and secure housing, food and other support.
Mission Statement: The Five S.T.A.R. Veterans Center puts military veterans who are experiencing homelessness back to work by providing safe and secure housing with wraparound services, intensive case management and counseling that promotes mental and physical wellness.
Eligibility: Five Star serves homeless U.S. Military Veterans with honorable and general under honorable discharges. All veteran men and women are welcome, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation; most are between the ages of 22 and 55. Five Star is not equipped to provide assisted living care.
Challenge: PTSD, TBI, substance abuse and addiction disorders are more prevalent in returning soldiers than most realize. The result is once loving, law-abiding, bright, confident and caring individuals have difficulty sustaining relationships, conforming to rules, and functioning normally in public situations. Marriages fall apart, relationships with parents and children are strained, legal issues surface and jobs are lost. Our heroes are faced with unimaginable personal and financial challenges. They feel hopeless, often become homeless …and we’ve all heard the statistics on returning soldier suicide (22/day). The Five Star Veterans Center exists to give these heroes a hand up. This population of veterans clearly represents an under-served group.
While providing safe housing, meals, assistance obtaining VA Benefits and medical care, Internet access and basic job training is a good start, military veterans can never fully recover until they acknowledge and learn ways to manage their mental injuries. In response, Five Star recently worked with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the University of North Florida to secure funding for, and begin delivering on-site mental health counseling to its residents. This program, which began in early 2015, includes individual and group therapy sessions delivered by a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a team of four interns under her supervision. Every resident participates in this program, which also focuses on general health and wellness. For example, three times a week, residents have access to personal trainer in the Centers exercise room. Thus far, feedback and results are very positive.Take a Tour
The Five Star Veterans Center is a nonprofit founded in March 2012 to assist veterans in need. We have a specific focus on veterans aged 22 - 55 suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Depression, Anxiety and other related mental health issues. The common goal for each veteran is re-integration into society.
Our in house Licensed Mental Health Counselor provides intake mental health assessments, treatment plans, individual and group therapies and supervises Clinical Mental Health Counseling Interns from the Master’s Program at UNF.
Our Passport to Independence Program provides housing and wrap around services, including: education and benefits review, job placement, transportation to and from medical appointments, and assistance in attaining jobs.
There is no charge to the veteran for these services.
We have a capacity to house 43 veterans. Our uniqueness is the population we serve and the way in which we serve them. We are veterans serving veterans in a country that we believe is grateful. We will continue to serve. We believe that these veterans deserve our support in getting their lives back. THEY ARE OUR REAL AMERICAN HEROES.
In the past 27 months we have successfully graduated 123 veterans who returned back to independent living after a 9 to 12 month residence at the Center.