We are halfway through 2021, and RBLP has surpassed our established goals for Giving Back partnerships! Our latest update is about the fine folks at Operation Homefront, whose staff are currently being instructed in Building Resilient Teams™!
Based in San Antonio, Texas, Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, they have provided programs that offer relief (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs); resiliency (through permanent housing and caregiver support services); and recurring family support programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems.
At Operation Homefront, 90 percent of expenditures goes directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need it most. Critical Financial Assistance helps military families address critical financial shortfalls through assistance with mortgage payments, rent, utilities, car repairs, home repairs, overdue bills, critical baby items, and groceries. Operation Homefront’s process is managed by professional caseworkers who validate financial needs before support is provided in the form of grants.
Operation Homefront also offers Transitional Housing (Villages) designed to enable families to heal together, while bridging what can be a lengthy gap between military pay ending and veteran benefits beginning, or when veterans’ disability claims are reviewed and received. The Villages provide rent-free, two and three bedroom apartments to wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their families as they leave the military and transition into civilian life. There are three locations: San Diego, California; Gaithersburg, Maryland; and San Antonio, Texas. Also, as some do not have the funds for the down payment on a home or they are unable to sustain home ownership, Operation Homefront launched the Transitional Homes for Veterans (formerly knows as Transitional Homes for Community Reintegration or THCR) program, which offers families the opportunity to live in a rent-free, single-family home for a period of two to three years while receiving financial counseling and community support.
For more permanent solutions for military families, The Permanent Homes for Veterans (formerly known as Homes on the Homefront or HOTH) program prepares veterans and their families for home ownership by providing a mortgage-free home and the opportunity to work directly with Operation Homefront caseworkers and financial counselors and learn how to prepare for home ownership. Since the program began in 2012, more than 700 families have entered the PHV program. Of that group, 600 families have graduated from the program and have been deeded their home.
The Operation Homefront staff are being instructed by Maria Hamelers, Michael Young, Brent Sheehan, Davon Copeland, Todd Sullivan, Ian Harris and Katrina Patillo, who volunteered their time to teach the exam prep training course.
Watch a clip about Operation Homefront’s continuing efforts to assist military families financially impacted by COVID-19:
Taking care of our community is a core value at the Resilience-Building Leader Program. Our primary Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative is to provide RBLP exam prep and leadership certifications to front-line supervisors, middle managers, and senior leaders at selected charitable nonprofit organizations at no cost.
Learn more about how we are Giving Back to the community.