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Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

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"This work is important, because whether it's a secular group advising families facing foreclosure or faith-based groups providing job training to those who need work, few are closer to what's happening on our streets and in our neighborhoods than these organizations. People trust them. Communities rely on them. And we will help them."

-- President Barack Obama, National Prayer Breakfast, February 2009

Welcome

Welcome to the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our mission is to develop partnerships with, provide relevant information to, and expand participation of faith-based, nonprofit, and community/neighborhood organizations in VA programs in order to better serve the needs of Veterans, their families, Survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries.

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Center for Faith-based and Neighorbood Partnerhships

In 2009, President Obama appointed a diverse Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and asked them to make recommendations for strengthening the social service partnerships the Government forms with nongovernmental providers, including strenthening the consitutional and legal footing of these partnerships.  While Council members differed on some important issues in this area, they were able to come to agreement on a number of significant recommendations.

In in response to the Advisory Council's recommendations, on November 17,2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13559, Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships with Faith-based and Other Neighborhood Organizations, which amended E.O. 13279 (December 2002), Equal Protection of the Laws for Faith-based and Community Organizations.  E.O. 13559 outlines principles and policymaking criteria to guide Federal agencies in developing policies to ensure equal protection of the laws for faith-based an other community organizations.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is now proposing to amened regulations first promulgated in 2003 implementing E.O. 3279 at 38 CFR Part 61 ("Equal Protection of Laws for Faith-based and Community Organizations") to conform with E.O. 13559.  The proposed rule is available at www.regulations.gov.  Other changes required by E.O. 13559 do not require new regulations and will be made through changes in VA guidance documents, practices and communications strategies.

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VA Partners with YMCA of the USA to Support Veterans

"This enhanced agreement makes it easier for local VA faccilities and YMCAs to collaborate on helping transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans connect to the resources and opportunites that they need," said McDonald.

"Our nation's Veterans, and their families, have dedicated so much in service to our country.  The Y is honored to have the opportunity to show our appreciation by doing what we do best-improving the lives of individuals in the communites we serve," said Kevin Washington, President and CEO of Y-USA.  "The are many YMCAs across the nation that are already working with VA and providing services directly to Veterans, this formal acknowledgement between the Y and VA will make it easier for that work to continue, expand and flourish."  VA is committed to working closely with nongovernmental organizations, such as Y-USA to identify new and innovative ways to support VA's commitment to care those who"have borne the battle" and their families.  Strengthening collborations within communities and with community-based organizations helps to achieve VA's goal of improving the lives of Veterans, servicemembers, their families, caregivers, and survivors.

While the collaboration might look different in each participating community, the mutual goals of improving the lives of Veterans and their families will remain consistent nationwide.

Go to the YMCA New Release link:  http://www.ymca.net/news-release/va-partners-ymca-usa-support-veterans

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 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership (CFBNP), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Benefits Assistance Service (BAS), and the VBA San Diego Regional Office (RO) invite you to attend the VA Regional Outreach Event September 15, 2016 in San Diego, CA.  Please RSVP by September 8, 2016.

Date:September 15,2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Time:8:00am - 8:30am Registration; 8:30am - 4:00pm Program

Location: Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

RSVP Registration via this link: goo.gl/j4rdh1 or via email: Elona.Williams2@va.gov or by phone 202-461-7606

This Outreach Event is an opportunity for our faith-based, nonprofit, community/neigborhood leaders, and organizations to learn about the programs and services VA provides to Veterans, their family members, Survivors, caregivers, and other beneficiaries.  Our goal is to provide you with information on ways to collaborate with VA at the local, regional, and national levels to assist you in providing support to our Veterans.  Local and national speakers will share information on how we can work collaboratively in assisting our Nation's Veterans.

Speakers at the event will discuss the spiritual, medical and social needs of recently returned Veterans, as well as financial, employment, and educational concerns.  As a part of the event, you will hear from Rev. E. Terri LaVelle, Director, VA CFBNP.  Other speakers will share information about VA's healthcare services,Veterans homelessness, claims processing, Women Veterans' program and other beneficial information.  We look forward to you joining us at this important informational outreach event.

Please register at EventBrite via goo.gl/j4rdh1 or RSVP via email or phone to Elona Williams at Elona.Williams2@va.gov or 202-461-7606.  Please register by September 8, 2016.  Please share with others.  We request that everyone RSVP.

If you have additional questions or require special accommodations, please contact Amanda Matthews at 619-929-6833 or Alejandro Mendiolaflores at 619-400-5400.

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Contact Information

Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Phone: 202-461-7689
Email: VAPartnerships@va.gov 

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