New Ground identifies veterans on Long Island that are homeless, in recovery from substance abuse, and interested in getting back on their feet to eventually secure an independent future with the help of our intensive support services and educational assistance. Our veterans have served the United States in various areas of the armed forces and reside at The Catherine Martin INN communal residence while receiving the services of New Ground. They have all maintained their sobriety for a minimum of one year and work with a New Ground social worker on a weekly basis to outline their goals and the steps they must take to achieve independence. We provide the resources and encouragement necessary to make this happen.
Veterans in the program all must have a minimal income. Some are working but cannot afford market rent. Others also have debts and poor credit histories that prevent them from being considered as a tenant by most landlords. Once a veteran moves into the Catherine Martin INN, they immediately begin to outline their goals and with their New Ground social worker’s assistance, take steps to achieve them. If unemployed, they go through the process of generating a resume and conducting a job search. Their social worker assists with this process, referring veterans for more advanced assistance to local resources when the need occurs.
As New Ground focuses on permanent solutions to homelessness, advanced education is a necessity for most veterans in the program. Past and current program participants have pursued higher education including Bachelor Degrees, Associate Degrees, and various vocational certifications. Upon completion of such education programs, they secured careers with higher incomes in fields of their choice, allowing them to graduate from New Ground and launch independent and self-sufficient lives. Many of these veterans have families from which they are estranged because of their past homelessness and substance abuse. During their time with us, veterans work with their social worker to find ways to repair these relationships and reestablish connections with their loved ones. We provide a necessary support system for these men while they are a part of New Ground to help them get through the difficult times. While in the program, New Ground also assists our veterans with creating a greater support system to have when they finish the program and are successfully on their own.
- Academic Scholarship Program
- Education Assistance Program
- Financial Literacy Program
- Homeward Bound @ New Ground Program
- Adult Workshop Program
- Special Memories Program
- Tutoring Program