The Community Service Council and Ability Resources announce a new initiative to support local veterans with disabilities who are experiencing a time of financial crisis. The project gives temporary financial relief by helping with utility deposits, housing deposits, transportation needs related to employment, or even one month’s rent, so veterans with disabilities can avoid further hardship, and instead get back on the path toward financial stability.
The initiative, called the 2019 Path to Empowerment Project, is a partnership between Ability Resources and the Community Service Council’s Oklahoma Veteran Connections aimed at providing veterans with disabilities one-time financial assistance in Creek, Osage, Tulsa, Rogers and Wagoner Counties.The project has taken off and is already working to serve veterans in need. To date, Ability Resources has dispensed more than $2,400 of $20,000 available to local veterans with disabilities.
For example, on March 7, a Tulsa veteran in a tough spot called Oklahoma Veteran Connections seeking assistance with an electric deposit to keep the power on in the apartment he was moving into that day. He was referred to Ability Resources, and the next day through the Path to Empowerment Project, his bill of $155.85 was paid to AEP, enabling him to keep the lights on and pay his rent.
“This grant fills a need in the community to prevent veterans with disabilities from becoming homeless,” said Pete Luitwieler, program manager for the Community Service Council’s Oklahoma Veteran Connections. “It also helps them to secure affordable housing if they’re already experiencing homelessness.”The Path to Empowerment Project is made possible through a grant from the National Council on Independent Living and the Craig Neilsen Foundation.
“Ability Resources is proud to be able to directly impact a veteran’s life in this way,” said Carla Lawson, Executive Director for Ability Resources. “It’s a much needed lifeline that helps get them back to a place of independence where they have full control over their lives.”
To get help through the Path to Empowerment Project, or to receive any type of assistance, veterans can go through Community Service Council’s 211 Eastern Oklahoma by dialing 2-1-1 or texting 211OK to 898-211, or by submitting the Oklahoma Veteran Connections online assistance form at csctulsa.org/veterans-support
To learn more about the program, please contact Pete Luitwieler, Program Manager, Community Service Council’s Oklahoma Veteran Connections, at 918-630-1891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ability Resources is a 501c3 nonprofit that assists people with disabilities in attaining and maintaining their personal independence through advocacy, education and service. We are a Tulsa Area United Way Partner Agency. To learn more, contact Maria or Sandie at Ability Resources at 918-592-1235.