Strength in Support’s (a 501c3, Tax ID 46-1896501) founding board members have served veterans and their families in Southern California for decades through their private clinical practices and informal mentoring. In the last few years, as they saw how military funding did not meet the needs of the simultaneous wars over the past decades and how lack of funding impacted veterans services available and wait-times and reduced advocacy for military families, they knew something needed to change. Thus a small group of passionate people, including veterans, military family members, therapists, and businesspeople formed SIS.
Extensive family services are not offered by the VA, while our low-cost counseling, free mentorship, and workshops are open to military members and their families.
SIS provides faster access to needed services such as counseling. Wait-times for services can take nearly two years with the VA, compared to immediate responses, minimal wait times, and less paperwork at SIS.
As a nonprofit organization, it is not required and even prohibited that SIS share details of mental health status and treatment that could affect veterans’ military records and careers. Practicing under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, SIS ensures the privacy of our clients.
While the VA does its best to support veterans, as a small nonprofit, SIS is able to treat each veteran and family member as an individual, not only tailoring counseling sessions, but even workshops and events to fit the current needs of our clients.
SIS acknowledges the efforts of other nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families, as there are organizations offering counseling, education, workforce development, housing, and other supportive services to veterans. However, there are very few who offer our comprehensive range of services under a mission focused solely on military members and their families. Furthermore, we are not aware of any other formalized program that specifically facilitates veteran and family mentor relationships here in Orange County.
We believe that this combination of individualized clinical treatment, mentoring, and education can help veterans progress toward healing and reengagement in community life. Our staff and volunteers acknowledge and understand the sacrifices these families make, and we are passionate about doing whatever we can to meet their needs.
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SIS serves all military and family members, including active, non-active, reserve, guard, or veteran, from any branch of the military to address their challenges in a timely, competent, and supportive manner. All ages are welcome, and while no family will be turned away, most are low-income. As described in our mission statement, SIS structures its programs on three pillars:
Building on the experience of its founders in offering low fee and pro bono mental health services to veterans and their families, SIS allows our military, our vets and their families to receive low-cost (and free if necessary) individual, couple, family, or group therapy and counseling each week. Read on »
There are many reasons why our clients choose to enter our mentorship program. Our mentorship program can help you manage conflict and stress, as well as ease the transition of deployment or reintegration into civilian life. Our mentors are veterans and spouses of veterans who can act like a friend and guide. Read on »
Pageant of the Masters Recreational Workshop for Military Families: Laguna Beach, CA
To register contact Connie Thomas at 949-505-5015 x 5
(first come first serve basis)
Thursdays in August 2017
August 10, 17 and 24th
SIS workshops are founded in the belief that not everything therapeutic happens in a counseling room. Often the social, educational and physical components of our workshops offer just the right help one needs!
Financial Planning, VA Home Loan Benefits, Resume Building, Salary Negotiations, Wellness Education, and more….