Benefits and Resource Assistance

Benefits and Resource Assistance

Non-Clinical Case Management

 

Our Generalist Navigator assists with supportive social services and resourcing emergent needs such as housing support, utility resource assistance, financial classes and counseling, food, clothing and employment assistance, and resources to legal services. In order to provide superior non-clinical case management, the Generalist is constantly looking for creative ways to support Veterans, Service Members and their Families. The Generalist’s compassion and support provides a level of dignity and caring that is absolutely necessary during difficult times. In collaboration with community partners, the Generalist Navigator works to better assist with the ultimate goal of overcoming adversity and gaining sustainability.

Eligibility: Active Duty Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and Family members.
Contact: To schedule an appointment please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

Benefits

El Paso County Veteran Service Officer –

The VSO located at Mt. Carmel assists veterans and dependents in applying for benefits and navigating the many federal, state, and local resources that may be available to them. Whether it’s to file a disability claim, initiate or reopen a claim, order a discharge, award or decoration or to ask a specific question, the Veteran Service Officer is ready to help.

Eligibility: Veterans – post separation from military service.
Contact: For more information please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714 or to schedule an appointment please call David Donohew, El Paso County VSO at 719-667-3816

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program –

The VA’s Voc Rehab can assist with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. It’s a great opportunity to get personalized counseling to guide you down the career path of your choice and ensure the most effective use of your VA benefits.

Eligibility: Veterans and Service Members
Contact: For more information please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714 or to schedule an appointment please call Dwayne Robinson “Rob” Employment Coordinator at 720-322-3172

Veteran’s Benefit Administration –

Through our Federal Government partner the Veteran’s Benefits Administration (VBA) you have the ability to file disability claims, check status of claims, gather information on non-service connected pensions, and ask general VA disability questions.

Eligibility: Veterans – post separation from military service.
Contact: To schedule an appointment please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

El Paso County Department of Human Services –

DHS strives to protect our most vulnerable citizens while giving them efficient access to the services provided by local, state and federal governments. With the aim of keeping families together, the DHS assists in ways that will support the goal of being self-sufficient. DHS is available to discuss and help veterans who are applying for programs such as Medicaid and Food Assistance as well as other cash assistance and medical programs. The Mt. Carmel location is a smaller office geared toward offering one on one customer service.

Eligibility: Active Duty, Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability, Family members and the general public. There is an income eligibility requirement for some services.
Contact: Walk-ins welcome. To make an appointment please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714 or DHS, El Paso County’s office at 719-667-3834

Financial Coaching, Education & Assistance

 

We recognize that a contributing factor to a person’s well-being and security is the health of their finances. To support the breadth of those needs, we have partnered with several providers who work directly with veterans and their families on more aspects of managing their financial needs.

Financial Point Program –

American Tax & Financial Planners provide no-cost financial planning and counseling for Service Members Group Life Insurance Recipients (Including Traumatic, family & veterans).

Eligibility: Military survivors & TSGLI recipients (any service member who lost a limb, vision and/or hearing).
Contact: For more information please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714 and to make an appointment please call Eric Jackson, American Tax & Financial Planners at 719-244-2450

Financial Coaching –

Free financial coaching is provided through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center’s financial coach. Liz Foster focuses on helping people change behaviors to achieve their personal financial goals. Along with assisting you in creating a budget she will also provide education about ways to better manage your finances.

Eligibility: Active Duty Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and Family members.
Contact: For more information please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714 and to make an appointment please call Liz Foster, PPWFC at 303-501-0807

VA Mortgage Education & Financing –

Through a strong partnership with imortgage, staff members volunteer their time at Mt. Carmel to assist veterans and their families with mortgage services, purchasing, refinancing and general financial questions. They are able to provide information regarding the VA Renovation Mortgage to be used on a purchase or refinance up to $35k and the Reno Loan can also be used for home improvements i.e. injured veterans needs to make modifications for handicap accessibility as well as energy efficient improvements and remodels.

Eligibility: Active Duty Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and Family members.
Contact: For more information please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714 and to make an appointment please call Sterling Campbell with imortgage at 719-210-4353

 

Legal Support & Assistance

 

Mt. Carmel has partnered with several local legal advocacy groups and organizations to provide support to our clients on legal matters.

Pikes Peak Justice & Pro Bono Project –

Attorneys volunteer their time to assist veterans with civil legal matters by providing legal advice. Cases they can help with: Family Law, landlord cases, debt collection, harassed by debt collectors, disability SSI cases, overpayment from SSI cases, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, probate planning & estate planning (wills), public benefits, food stamp issues, Veteran benefits, ID protection (can’t get drivers licenses, etc.). What they cannot help with: any fee generating cases (i.e. sue someone etc.).

Eligibility: Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability). There is an income eligibility requirement.
Contact: To schedule an appointment please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

Civil Legal Advice –

Private attorney Bob Warren volunteers to assist veterans with civil legal matters. Cases he can help with: Filling out legal paperwork, Family Law, landlord cases, debt collection, harassed by debt collectors, disability SSI cases, overpayment from SSI cases, bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, probate planning & estate planning (wills), public benefits, food stamp issues, Veteran benefits, ID protection (can’t get drivers licenses, etc.).

Eligibility: Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability). There is no income eligibility requirement.
Contact: To schedule an appointment please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

Self-Represented Litigant Services 4th Judicial District –

Are you representing yourself in court? The Self-Represented Litigant Services volunteers are here to assist you in being as prepared for court as possible. The volunteers can’t offer advice as they are not lawyers, but they can assist self-represented litigants in the effective and efficient processing of court cases while educating self-represented litigants on court statutes, rules, policies and procedures within legal limitations to ensure that court cases are handled properly and expeditiously.

Eligibility: Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability). There is no income eligibility requirement.
Contact: To schedule an appointment please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

 

Veteran Higher Education Support

 

 

Education Counseling -

There are many different educational programs offered through the VA that are dependent on your individual service. There are many different career paths available to transitioned veterans that may require additional education. We’ve brought together the resources you need to sort this all out.

Through partnerships with University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and CSU Pueblo, Mt. Carmel is able to offer assistance in maneuvering through the GI Bill so that your benefit can be used effectively. When speaking to one of the educational partners, you will be able to identify what higher education institution (private or public) best fits your college goals.

Eligibility: Active Duty Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability).
Contact: For more information regarding our education partners and walk-hours, please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

Veteran’s Upward Bound –

This program is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas.

Eligibility: Active Duty Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability).
Contact: For more information regarding our education partners and walk-hours, please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

SecureSet Academy –

This program enrolls participants into a 20 week CORE Program taking individuals form Basic IT skills and transforms them into Mission Ready, Cybersecurity Professionals. Special programs thru Mt. Carmel include: resume review, internships, career skills programs and FREE cyber workshops.

Eligibility: Active Duty Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability).
Contact: For more information regarding this program, please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714

LeaderQuest –

This organization provides IT and project management training geared toward certification and job openings in Colorado Springs.

Eligibility: Active Duty Military, Veterans (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability).
Contact: For more information please call Mt. Carmel at 719-309-4714 or to schedule an appointment please call Kim Archer, LeaderQuest at 419-699-8786

 

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