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May 14

May Monthly Luncheon: Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program

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My Friends,
In like a lion, out like a lion… I’m excited to share our final luncheon of the 2014-2015 season!
We are proud to have Carolyn Bateson of the VA Portland Health Care System to talk about the VA’s efforts around the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.
Carolyn Bateson, LCSW, Program Director, Community Reintegration Services

Carolyn Bateson is a daughter of a WWII Veteran and a granddaughter of a WWI Veteran. She began working at the Portland VA as a social work intern in 1995 on the Geriatric Management Evaluations Service. In 1996 she was hired as a full time medical social worker and spent 10 years working on the kidney dialysis unit and in the renal clinic. She then spent 2.5 years working as an executive assistant to the Chief of Staff. In 2008 she moved over to the Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Program and worked as the Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator where she worked three multidisciplinary teams serving Spinal Cord Injured Veterans, Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis, and helped to develop a team to serve patients with ALS. In Spring of 2012 Carolyn became the manager of the Portland VA Homeless Program. In this capacity she oversees the VA Portland Health Care System Homeless program that is tasked to End Veteran Homelessness. Carolyn currently oversees several programs serving Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

In this capacity she oversees a staff of nearly 100, operating in all VA programs tasked with ending Veteran homelessness. Under Carolyn’s leadership, the homeless programs of the VA Portland Health Care System have placed 874 formerly homeless Veterans in permanent housing, and have over 1,000 under care.
I’m honored to welcome Carolyn to our forum. Please join me in our final luncheon blast, as we prepare to kick off the summer!
So please RSVP to our luncheon if you are in the Portland area on the 20th:

1) Date: Wednesday, 20 May
2) Location: The Old Spaghetti Factory,
715 SW Bancroft St., Portland (off MacAdam Blvd just south of the Aerial Tram)
3) Time: 11:45 AM
4) Lunch is $20 for all

For planning purposes, please RSVP me if you can attend. A quick email reply is fine. As always, your guests and friends are always welcome to join us.

 

GO Army!
KevinKevin J. Byrne ’93
Captain, USA (Retired)
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