MORRIS COUNTY — Community Hope has received a grant in the amount of $12,500 from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. The donation made by the Foundation will be used to fund services which will assist veterans with transporting and navigating through their health appointments including: Scheduling, Transportation, Pharmacy visits and Follow-up appointments. .
“We help veterans who served in various wartime periods and conflicts, many with complex medical histories including severe PTSD, multiple physical ailments, and struggling with substance use. Some veterans have been living on the streets or in shelters for many years with no access to healthcare and no mental health treatment services,” said Carmine V. Deo, Executive Director of Community Hope. “Veterans Navigator Services is aimed at encouraging veterans to participate in managing their own health, practicing illness prevention, symptom management and appointment attendance. As a critical component of these services, we provide veterans with transportation to improve access to routine medical and preventative care.”
“This year’s grant will make it possible to continue to provide the guidance and assistance veterans need to help them manage and access services they need to maintain their health and well-being,” said Deo. This year alone, Community Hope estimates that through their through their programs and services more than 1,000 veterans and family members will be saved from living on streets and overcrowded shelters. In addition, each day 150 individuals reside in Community Hope supported housing in their mental health residential recovery programs.
“Horizon is pleased to support the important work being done by Community Hope,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “Veterans Navigator Services aligns with Horizon’s commitment to helping our members access the resources they need to manage their health. We are improving the health of the communities we serve by helping people access health services. The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey works across New Jersey with grantees who share our commitment to improving the health and communities we serve.”
Community Hope is a leading nonprofit organization serving veterans in need and at-risk veteran families in and around New Jersey. Founded in 1985 by caring families of young adults whose lives were impacted by severe depression and other debilitating mental illnesses, Community Hope is on a mission to help veterans and their families overcome mental illness, addiction, homelessness and poverty by providing housing and support services. The Hope for Veterans umbrella of programs has saved more than 6,000 veterans and their family members. To learn more about Community Hope, click here.