Honor Their Service: Cornerstone Rescue Mission helps veterans in need

Our country was built on people fighting for freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Every hour, every minute of every day, our service men and women are across the globe, putting their lives in danger for us.

NewsCenter1 would like to recognize those people and the people who advocate for them here at home. In this week’s edition of “Honor Their Service,” we take a look at how the Cornerstone Rescue Mission helps veterans in need in the Black Hills.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Cornerstone Rescue Mission is known for the help they provide to those in need throughout the community, but it also has housing available for veterans to come in off the street.

Veterans can get assistance with case management, they can have their own bed, meals, and clothing if they need it.  Once they’re at Cornerstone, they are also put in touch with the local VA medical center so that they can receive any medical care they may need.

The Supportive Services for Veterans Families program is now at Cornerstone and works to help veterans find housing and help those who are at risk of homelessness. With the statewide Supportive Services for Veterans Families grant, the Cornerstone Rescue Mission has been able to house 51 veterans between October and November in West River, with the majority of them being in Rapid City.

“We’ve always had a veteran’s section. We had a much larger section before but we have reduced it to 14 beds, because between a partnership with us and the VA Medical Center and their HUD-VASH vouchers, we’re able to get all these veterans housed. The program is working. It’s working really well. And we’re just really glad to be able to help these guys out,” said the Executive Director of the Cornerstone Rescue Mission, Lysa Allison.

HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development AND the Veterans Affairs. This combines the HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help veterans who are homeless and their families find and keep permanent housing.

Teena Conrad has worked as the coordinator of the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program at Cornerstone for six years and she says she’s definitely seen improvements in the number of homeless veterans in our area.

“I enjoy working with them and helping them to make better decisions in their life and to get their feet on the ground and move forward. It always gives them a sense of accomplishment when they can get into their own place and they can start handling their rent and the things they need to be doing to move forward,” said Conrad.

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