The New Directions Oasis for Veteran Women
According to the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority 2013 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, more than 350 female veterans are living on the streets of Los Angeles County. (The count covers more than 4,000 square miles, including all of Los Angeles County, except the cities of Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach.)
The New Directions Oasis for Veteran Women is a long-term transitional program for female veterans dealing with issues of homelessness, trauma and addiction. Based in two residential homes in the Mar Vista area on the Westside of Los Angeles, the program helps female veterans who have served in any branch of the armed forces. The houses are divided according to phases of treatment.
Mitchell House is an emergency shelter, where residents may stay up to 90 days before transitioning to our second phase house. In this first phase of treatment, women attend parenting and anger management classes, addiction and therapy groups and computer classes. Residents are able to further their education and resolve legal and/or financial issues. The second phase residence, Keaveney House, is designed for veterans who are employed and/or going to school.
New Directions Oasis for Veteran Women was the first program in the United States designed specifically for female veterans dealing with issues of homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, post-traumatic stress syndrome and other mental health issues.
All clients at the Oasis for Veteran Women houses have an on-site therapist. The two houses offer female veterans a safe place to turn their lives around and make constructive contributions to the community. The program integrates the Seeking Safety model, a trauma treatment initiative that was designed especially for women recovering from trauma and substance abuse. The program also has a long history of assisting clients in regaining custody of their children. Among other services, veterans who enter the New Directions Oasis for Veteran Women are able to receive:
For more information about New Directions Oasis for Veteran Women, please call Program Manager Sharon McClendon at (310) 398-0191 or (310) 709-5871.