Location: Aletha R. Wright “Vision of Hope” Center and Home for the Brave
The Nurse’s Role:
All residents of the Aletha Wright Center and Home for the Brave are required to turn all medication, prescription and over the counter, into staff upon intake into the program. All medication is kept safely locked in a secure closet behind the staff station. Medication is logged on an inventory sheet and every dose administered is documented on a weekly medication record.
The nurse will be responsible for administering medication to residents on an as needed basis. Additionally, the nurse will check weekly medication records to ensure all residents are taking their medication as prescribed. Any issues or discrepancies will be documented on a Medication Discrepancy form. If it is found that the resident has not been taking their medication, the nurse will speak with that resident to inquire about why they have not been taking the medication and provide feedback and education. The nurse will complete random medication counts to ensure there are no discrepancies. Lastly, the nurse will be available to speak with residents regarding and medication or general health questions they may have.
Other duties will include meeting with clients to answer any general health questions the clients may have. Additionally, the nurse will be able to provide blood pressure checks, check vitals, provide wound care and check blood glucose.
Named for former Camden freeholder and advocate for children and families, Aletha R. Wright, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley’s Aletha R. Wright “Vision of Hope” Center, is a 69-bed low barrier, emergency housing program for single, adult men experiencing homelessness in Camden County. The Aletha R. Wright Center offers far more than just shelter. Once admitted, residents of the program can expect to participate in individualized assessment, service planning, and case management for the duration of their stay. Our goal is to provide residents with both the direct services and referrals to community-based services needed for them to obtain housing and remain stably housed long after discharge.
Opened in 2012, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley’s Home for the Brave program is a 30 bed, low demand transitional housing program for single, male veterans. Eligible veterans may reside for up to two years at Home for the Brave while working on recovery, employment and independent living skills. Funded through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs’ Grant and Per Diem (VA GPD) program, Home for the Brave is the only low demand housing program for veterans in New Jersey. With a focus on harm reduction and trauma-informed care principles, the purpose of Home for the Brave is to provide supportive housing and supportive services to veterans experiencing homelessness with the goal of helping them to achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.
In addition to assessment and case management services, residents of the Aletha R. Wright Center and Home for the Brave are provided with a broad range of services and supports, including:
• 24/7 access to on-site support staff
• connection to mainstream benefits and entitlements
• assistance with healthcare enrollment and obtaining state identification
• referral to treatment programs for mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorders
• support in locating employment and educational resources