NCServes Coastal now operated by Veterans Services of the Carolinas
Coordination for veteran services in Jacksonville and 20 counties throughout Eastern North Carolina has taken a step forward as a new operator takes over the coastal section of a state assistance program for active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
In late 2017, Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency of Jacksonville began running the Coastal region of NCServes, a network part of AmericaServes, the country’s first coordinated system of public, private and nonprofit organizations serving military communities. During the same period, Asheville-based nonprofit Veterans Services of the Carolinas, the new operator of NCServes Coastal, ran the program in Western North Carolina.
“Eastern Carolina Human Services Agency has helped and has gotten the program going,” said Ron Massey, deputy city manager of Jacksonville. “They did a great job doing that, and now we have the opportunity to further grow and build on the work that they’ve done.”
Veterans Services of the Carolinas, a division of the Asheville Buncombe Christian Community Ministry, has seven offices in the state with one in Morehead City and another likely to come to Jacksonville in the future. The organization provides services such as rehousing, homelessness prevention, service coordination, employment, training and outreach resources to veterans and their families within 74 counties in North Carolina.
Marine Corps veteran Brandon Wilson, managing director for Veterans Services of the Carolinas, says his organization plans on bringing a family-like environment to the area in order to effectively impact the veteran community.
“There are so many good resources already established [in Jacksonville],” Wilson said. “It’s just a matter of pulling everybody into a tighter collaborative, so we are all communicating and talking together in support of our veterans.”
The role of Veterans Services of the Carolinas in the NCServes network is to facilitate services and connect veterans in need to providers that can offer help at no cost in most all cases. According to its website, NCServes Coastal offers service connections to more than 40 providers in over 20 categories.