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Social Work Breaks Barriers in the fight to end Veteran homelessness

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Social Work Month occurs in March of every year to celebrate the incredible contributions of social workers in our society. Social workers make a positive impact in the lives of millions each day, and we want to thank the outstanding social workers in our programs who play an essential role in ending Veteran homelessness.

The theme for Social Work Month 2023—“Social Work Breaks Barriers”—focuses on the many positive contributions achieved by social workers while highlighting the barriers we still have yet to break. We continue to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, economic inequality, global warming, and other crises. Given that all these issues intersect with and exacerbate the homelessness crisis, we are forever indebted to our social workers for their continued commitment to helping Veterans in homeless programs.

We are very proud to feature some of these impressive individuals below. Learn about the people behind our mission by reading our 2021 and 2022 Spotlights and keep an eye out for new information on this page as we kick off Social Work Month in March 2023!

2023 Spotlights

St. Cloud Homeless Program Team

St. Cloud VA Health Care System, VISN 23

Julonette Cadet, LCSW

Senior HUD-VASH Case Manager
Miami VA, VISN 8

Orange County HUD-VASH Project-Based Team

Long Beach VA Healthcare System,

Melinda “Mindi” Rosson, MSW, LCSW-S, COR

HCHV Supervisor
Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System, VISN 17

2022 Spotlights

Ivan Ferrouillet

HCHV Outreach Social Worker
New Orleans, LA VISN 16

Katelyn Fox

HPACT Social Worker
Chalmers P Wylie Veterans Outpatient Clinic, VISN 10

Kristopher Vite

VAMC Social Worker
Orlando VAMC, VISN 8

Overton Brooks VAMC

VAMC Homeless Program Social Workers
Shreveport, LA, VISN 16

Danessa Bolling

HUD-VASH Outreach Social Worker
Houston TX, VISN 16

Tanya Thompson

HCHV Outreach Social Worker
Alexandria VAMC, VISN 16

St. Cloud Team Members

St. Cloud Homeless Program Staff
St. Cloud VAHCS, VISN 23

Teresa Lopez

HUD-VASH Outreach Social Worker
VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, VISN 10

Michelle Srader

Michelle Srader
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, VISN 22

Charla Killian-Young

Charla Killian-Young
Oklahoma City VAMC, OK, VISN 19


Homeless Program Social Workers
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, VISN 22

Brenda Witt

Homeless Program Social Worker
Fargo VAMC, North Dakota, VISN 23

Fargo Team Members

Fargo CRRC Program Staff
Fargo VAMC, VISN 23

Jaime Klosinski

Homeless Program Social Worker
Northern California HCS, CA, VISN 21

Jatoya Brunn

Homeless Program Social Worker
Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital, Houston Tx, VISN 16

Lisa Farsje

HUD-VASH Social Worker
Seattle VAMC, VISN 20

Michael Danielski

Homeless Program Social Worker
Fargo VAMC, North Dakota, VISN 23

Rachel Salquist

Homeless Program Social Worker
Fargo VAMC, North Dakota, VISN 23

Roy Cooper

Homeless Program Social Worker
Michael E. Debakey VAMC, Houston, Texas, VISN 16

Andy Truong

Homeless Program Social Worker
Greater Los Angeles VAMC, VISN 22

Battle Creek Homeless Program

Homeless Program Social Worker
Battle Creek VAMC, VISN 10

Bedford HUD-VASH Team Leads

Homeless Program Social Worker
Bedford VA HCS, MA, VISN 1

Dayton Homeless Team

Homeless Program Social Worker
Dayton VAMC, OH, VISN 10

Jeremy Floyd

Homeless Program Social Worker
Salem VAMC, VISN 6

Homeless Program Social Worker
Tarrytown Network Office, VISN 2

Health Professions Trainee & Preceptors Spotlight

Aleda E Lutz Homeless Team

Saginaw, MI, VISN 10

Adam Soule

MSW/HPT Intern
Michigan State University, School of Social Work
Aleda E Lutz VAMC
Saginaw, MI, VISN 10

2021 Spotlights

April Barney

GPD Liaison
VISN 16 GPD Lead

Angele Cote

HUD-VASH Case Manager
William C. Tallent VA, VISN 9

Allison Earle, LCSW

HCHV Outreach Social Worker
William C. Tallent CBOC, VISN 9

Amy C. Jones LCSW

HUD-VASH Lead Case Manager
Mt. Home VA Knoxville Outpatient Clinic, VISN 9

Vangie Ligons

HUD-VASH Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA, VISN 22

Raymond E. Mitchell

HCHV Outreach Coordinator
Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System (Biloxi VA) Mobile CBOC, VISN 16

Sofia Nava

Supervisory Social Worker, Orange County HUD VASH Triage Team
Long Beach VA, VISN 22

Eric Oleson

Homeless Program Manager, Assistant Chief, SWS
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, VISN 16

Mary Pico

HUD-VASH Senior Social Worker
Puget Sound American Lake Division, VISN 20

Robin Rollins

HUD-VASH Case Manager
Columbia VAMC, VISN 7

Richard Sells

CRRC Senior Social Worker
Long Beach, CA, VISN 22

St. Louis Team

VA St. Louis Health Care System, VISN 15

Ellecia M. Thompson

Homeless Program Supervisor, Durham VA Health

Winterhaven Lite Team

Washington, DC

Gabriel D. Wordlow

HCHV Outreach Social Worker
Miami VAMC, VISN 8