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October 6, 2016

$450,000 Grant Will Create Easier Access to Services for Jacksonville, Wilmington and Goldsboro area Veterans

$450,000 Grant Will Create Easier Access to Services for Jacksonville, Wilmington and Goldsboro area Veterans

U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Wilmington area service members, veterans and their families will soon have better access to human services and care via the NCServes Coastal network going live in November. The grant, awarded by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, launches their fourth AmericaServes public-private led network in the Carolinas.   

ncserves_coastaloutline-rgbJACKSONVILLE, NC (October 6, 2016) The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) has awarded a $450,000, multi-year grant to the East Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. (ECHSA). The ECHSA, in partnership with the United Service Organizations of North Carolina (USO-NC), will use the grant to launch NCServes Coastal, a local network of human services providers linked together to ensure accurate and timely human services referrals are made to veterans, service members and their families.  In addition to U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, the initiative will cover bases at U.S. Marine Corps Air Stations Cherry Point and New River as well as the greater Wilmington area.

The initiative utilizes a shared software platform that connects all the participating regional providers in order to make referrals and track outcomes. The software, training, implementation and the licenses are all provided at no cost to the Coastal Carolina community due to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, the Leon Levine Foundation and The Foundation for the Carolinas.

The ECHSA was selected following a very competitive request for proposal process in which dozens of community and government organizations were given an opportunity to compete. The organization has a 50-year track record delivering services throughout the counties of South Eastern North Carolina and is a fixture in the local community. “The ECHSA has been there to meet this community’s needs for more than half a century, and now with this generous grant and support from the IVMF, we can deliver more and better services to veterans and the active duty families in a coordinated way,” said Daphany Hill, Executive Director, ECHSA.  “I’m a U.S. Marine Corps wife and born and raised locally. Our staff of veterans and spouses know these struggles first-hand, so we are excited to join this network and partner   with the USO-NC and others in order to raise the bar.”

The partnership with the USO-NC helps the ECHSA broaden the network’s appeal to the active duty military in the region.  “For 75 years, the USO-NC has accomplished its mission of keeping America’s service members connected to family, home and the country by delivering innovative programs and leveraging key partnerships in the community,” said retired Army Lt. Col. John Falkenbury, President, USO-NC.  “By partnering with the IVMF and the ECHSA, and leveraging our access to the active forces, we are extending this proud tradition to serve the broader community.”

When the network launches in November, individuals looking for services will be able to utilize the NCServes Coastal network four different ways: by phone, online, through the North Carolina state resource directory, NC4vets.com or in person at the ECHSA or any of the dozens of network affiliates.

“What started as an ink-blot strategy, a single localized AmericaServes network in Charlotte has steadily grown into a movement that spans multiple states from South Carolina to Virginia,” said retired Army Col. Jim McDonough, Managing Director of the IVMF. “This work is transforming the landscape of veteran service in a life-saving way. One life at a time.”

 

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Media Contacts:

IVMF Media Contact: Ilario Pantano, 910 .616.9961, igpantan@syr.edu

ECHSA Media Contact: Daphany Hill, 910.347.2151, dhillechsa@earthlink.net

USO-NC: John Falkenbury, 919.840.3000, jfalkenbury@uso-nc.org

 

About Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
The IVMF is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Supported by a world-class advisory board and public and private partners committed to advancing the post-service lives of America’s service members, veterans and their families, the IVMF and its professional staff deliver class-leading programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training. The IVMF also provides actionable and national impacting research, policy analysis and program evaluation; coordinates comprehensive collective impact strategies; and works with communities and non-profits to enhance service delivery for veterans and their families. Read more at vets.syr.edu.

About Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. (ECHSA)
Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency, Inc. (ECHSA, Inc.) is a nonprofit community action agency established in 1964, which provides comprehensive services to low income families, including veterans and our military, in Onslow, Duplin, Pender and New Hanover Counties. ECHSA, Inc. has successfully accomplished its mission for over 52 years by empowering families to become economically and socially self-sufficient.  We are excited about the opportunity of being able to broaden our scope of services offered through advocating on behalf of the veterans, their families, and the service members of America.  ECHSA, Inc., as the resource and referral center for NCServes Coastal market, through coordination and collaboration will continue to exhibit quality services in meeting the needs of America’s service members, veterans and their families. Read more at echsainc.com.

About the United Service Organizations of North Carolina (USO-NC)
For 75 years, the United Service Organizations of North Carolina has accomplished its mission of keeping America’s service members connected to family, home and the country, throughout their service to the nation by delivering innovative programs, morale-boosting services and leveraging key partnerships in the community that demonstrate North Carolina’s appreciation for their service and sacrifice.  The original USO formed as a result of a request made by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II for six key community organizations to come together and lift the morale of service members both on the home front and downrange.  This heritage of community networks has demonstrated a lasting impact on service members, veterans and their families. For more information, please visit uso-nc.org.

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