Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
The Servant Center began as an Episcopal Servant Leadership Project with church volunteers working with those experiencing homelessness to apply for SSI/SSDI benefits. Since that time, The Servant Center has grown organically and has stepped in to meet numerous gaps in service. In 1993 The Servant Center became a 501(c) 3 and began operating under a Social Security Administration grant to continue assistance with SSI/SSDI access. While working with those on the street experiencing homelessness, it was alarmingly clear that many of those persons were veterans with disabilities who needed more services than could be provided by a traditional shelter. In 1999, as a response to this need, the organization opened Servant House, the first transitional housing program in Greensboro.
THE SERVANT CENTER AT A GLANCE
The Servant Center spent much of its early history assisting low-income and disabled persons in applying for SSI/SSDI benefits. In 1997, a contract with Cone Health Systems allowed the agency to continue helping their under and un-insured patients, establishing the Disability Assistance Program.
The Servant Center often had difficulty finding appropriate housing for its graduates of Servant House. Eager to find a solution to this problem, The Servant Center constructed two permanent, supportive housing complexes. These complexes offer 17 apartments along with supportive services to disabled individuals exiting homelessness.
In 2005 the Center became involved in coordinating the first Triad Stand Down, a one-day event of comprehensive services to approximately 200 homeless veterans from 12 counties.
Since 2008, The Servant Center has been the lead agency of the AmeriCorps Partnership to End Homelessness, a national service program through which AmeriCorps members commit a year of their lives to serving those Guilford County who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Most recently, the Servant Center began operating Fast Track, a Rapid Rehousing program for veterans and those waiting on VA benefits and/or SSI/SSDI income. This program provides temporary financial assistance along with housing stability services.
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