Social Wellness

Cohen Veterans Network: With funding from the Steven A. Cohen Foundation, Dixon Center aided in the design, development, and initial distribution of the Cohen Veterans Network. The Cohen Veterans Network, Inc., a not-for-profit philanthropic organization was created to serve veterans and their families by providing high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care. Through our client-centered, customized outpatient care, we support veterans, active duty, and their families as they begin their next mission: healthy and happy lives.

Legacy Corps Caregiver Support Services Corporation for National and Community Services—a multi-site, evidence-based health intervention and community-based caregiver support program that utilized highly trained AmeriCorps volunteers to provide a range of caregiver support services focusing on in-home respite care for service members, veterans and their families. Dixon Center trained AmeriCorps volunteers to provide respite support for military and veterans families; topics trained included military culture, home life and family issues, veteran personal care, amputation, burn injuries, blindness/visual impairment, depression, substance abuse & suicide prevention, TBI, PTSD & Alzheimer’s disease, privacy, legal & financial issues.

Community Forums & Veterans Rally Points Newman’s Own Foundation: Dixon Center formed a partnership with several local community-based organizations to map, plan and evaluate the current state of veterans and military family services and identify associated gaps in the Indianapolis, Indiana and St. Cloud, Minnesota communities. The scope of this assessment included employment, mental health, education and access to healthcare. Rally Point sites were identified and developed to provide veterans with a place to meet for peer-to- peer support, camaraderie, resources, and other services, as determined by the communities.

Women Veterans Mental Health Program: An award was granted to Dixon Center to develop a pilot program with Easter Seals New Jersey to identify the mental health support services available to meet the needs of women veterans. The project focused on convening community organizations, businesses, government agencies and veterans groups to identify, leverage, and coordinate the system of supports needed by women veterans in selected community, as well as educate them on the needs of women veterans. The project included a peer-mentoring program for women veterans to create a sense of belonging.

Social Innovation Summit: Dixon Center has been asked to attend and participate in ongoing annual discussion’s about the challenges of transition and reintegration of our veterans and military families and the role of social networks and social innovation with this process. The Social Innovation Summit is a private, invitation-only forum that explored the “What’s Next?” in the world of Social Innovation. The summit connects and inspires a global network of leaders to discuss the key strategies and business innovations creating social transformation across the corporate, investment, government, and non-profit sectors.