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Information on the Tacoma Community Collaborative

Background

Give an Hour is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free and confidential mental health services to service members, veterans, and their loved ones. Over the past ten years, our nationwide network of approximately 7,000 volunteer providers have donated nearly 120,000 hours of free counseling and consulting services to individuals, couples and families, children and adolescents, and other organizations.

Give an Hour has launched this community collaborative initiative in the Tacoma Metro Area in recognition of the challenge that all communities experience in their effort to support local veterans and active duty forces. No single agency or entity can provide all the services that are needed to assist those who are serving, those who have come home from war, and their families. Give an Hour has developed expertise in harnessing and coordinating local networks of engaged stakeholders from across public, private, nonprofit, government, and military sectors to improve a community's support for its military population. The goal for this project is to create a comprehensive and integrated system of care for service members, veterans, and their families in these communities so that they have the knowledge of and access to the resources and services they need to lead the productive lives they deserve.

Our Objectives

Give an Hour is actively working in the Tacoma Metro area to accomplish the following objectives:

Within the community:

  • Greater knowledge about available community resources and services among local agencies and organizations serving veterans
  • Increased collaboration and coordination among local agencies and providers serving the military community
  • Increased knowledge among healthcare professionals within each community regarding the behavioral health issues that affect this population
  • An established and shared system for tracking efforts and measure progress
  • An established and sustainable coalition within each community to facilitate and support ongoing collaboration

Among veterans, service members, and military families:

  • Increased awareness of and knowledge about the issues that affect them, with emphasis on the behavioral health issues
  • Greater likelihood of willingness to seek treatment or support for behavioral health issues
  • Greater knowledge of where and how to access care
  • Experience of greater support from the community at large
  • Increased opportunities for veterans and military families to participate in these coordinated efforts

For more information on the importance of community impact, watch a 90-minute presentation on Key Components of Building Community Networks to Support Our Military, presented by Army OneSource.

The Community Partners

Please contact Dug Y. Lee, Project Coordinator, at dlee@giveanhour.org or Shaida Hossein, Assistant Project Coordinator, at shossein@giveanhour.org to join our effort.

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Suggested Pages

The Washington Information Network 2-1-1 provides a comprehensive list of mental health resources. Call 2-1-1 in order to be connected to a local 2-1-1 office or visit their website for a statewide database.

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