This month, we recognizeKayla Jackson whojust celebrated two years with HVAF last month and isone ofsevenCase Managers with the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
Kayla’scontributions tothe nonprofit sector began 7 yearsagoin Hendricks Countywheresheworked one-on-onehelping families. Then, she worked inMarion Countyandhelped elementaryschool childrenwith skills training.
Kayla iscurrentlypursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at IUPUI. When asked why she choseto work at HVAF, Kaylarecalls an emotional time in her life,“Ihada close friend who joined the military when he was 20 years old. When he returned home he struggled with PTSD and hestruggled with depression. In 2013 we lost him tosuicide. Thisled me to want to make a difference,” adds Kayla. “And IknewthatHVAF was the place I wanted to work to put the skills I have learned into action.”
Kayla’s role as Case Manager involvesworking with near homelessand homeless veterans. Shetells usthat what inspires her are seeing clients, “accomplish the goals they have established for themselves after having to overcome so many barriers in their lives. Whether that’s finding gainful employment that increases their positive sense of self-worth, finally getting access to the healthcare they’ve needed to treat illnesses that affected their lives for years, or having a small apartment they can call their own.”
“These are things most of us take for granted.” says Kayla but for people who have experienced chronic homelessness in their lives, it means the difference between barely surviving and actually living the life they’ve dreamed for themselves.”