American Sheroe

We stand for you.

Who we are

American Sheroe, Inc. is a newly-­formed nonprofit organization committed to providing a continuum of services to homeless, female veterans and their families. We offer a safe place that will allow the veteran to heal her military wounds, find inner peace, regain her self-­esteem and improve her academic and job readiness skills. This path will lead to permanent housing, employment and self-sufficiency.

American Sheroe’s mission is to provide a healing and nurturing environment that encourages mental, physical and spiritual wholeness. We will treat the mind, body and energy of each participant, empowering her with self-­help tools that will enable her to reclaim the essence of what her life was before entering the military.

American Sheroe is an expansion of TuTTie’s Place.  TuTTie’s Place is a residential wellness center for disconnected youth in the foster care system. TuTTie’s Place is now in it’s 14th year of providing quality services to over 250 of Maryland’s homeless youth. Many of these youth have avoided the penal system, enrolled in higher education programs and are successfully maintaining their independence, through the efforts of the TuTTie’s Place’s programs.

We are builders – Builders of friendships, happiness, hope, opportunity, self-­worth, strength, success, trust, assurance and confidence.

We are inspirational leaders – We encourage people to practice the essence of the spiritual teachings that have been given to them, regardless of the source of their authority.

We are love – We love the Creator. We love life.  We love giving of ourselves and our resources.

Background

Unique women, with unique experiences – Female veterans today face new challenges both in the military and at home. Women in the military overall still represent only 10% of the military, yet today women comprise 20% of new military recruits. As more and more women enter into the new culture of the Armed Forces, they are more likely than ever before to experience combat which increases the risks that lead to homelessness when they return home.

Homelessness affects millions of people in the U.S. recent data shows that 1.6 million people accessed shelters during 2010 and estimates that some 664,722 people were homeless- 131,000 were veterans. According to the United States Veterans Administration (VA), the percentage of female homeless veterans has grown from 3% a decade ago to 5% today.

Due to the Persian Gulf War and the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, there are more women veterans who exhibit risk factors for becoming homeless. Many of these women suffer traumas. This often includes military sexual trauma and post traumatic stress disorder which, upon discharge, can lead them to becoming incapable of securing employment, affordable housing and proper child care. According to Mulhal (2009), there are 13,100 female, homeless veterans in the United States. Female veterans are 4 times more likely to become homeless compared to civilian women and male veterans. What’s even more startling is that the risk for death is higher for female veterans than women in the general population, especially among younger cohorts.

Unique women, unique responsibilities – About a quarter of female veterans in the VA’s homeless programs have minor children. Finding shelters that permit children and offer a safe environment is a major undertaking for female, homeless veterans. These women also have issues with the Veteran’s Administration and the male bias that still exists within the military system. Many female veterans elect not to be identified as being a veteran because of the traumatic effects of sexual abuse they have experienced in the military.  As a result, they will not access the services that the VA provides as a result.

Who We Serve

The women and children who come to American Sheroe will reside in our transitional housing program. Single women will share dormitory-­style sleeping quarters, while ladies with children will have private living quarters.

Each person who seeks our assistance will be treated with dignity and respect. If they do not qualify for our services, they will receive referrals to other programs. American Sheroe is a safe haven, where women can engage in intimate conversations, develop friendships and relationships with caring people who can aid them in their reintegration into society.

American Sheroe stands for all homeless female veterans. We stand for them by seeing the Divine within each of them and by giving them tools to help them rediscover the Divine within themselves. Our continuum of services are designed to provide transitional housing, mental health counseling, workforce development, family reunification, life skills, health education and wellness workshops, job placement and permanent housing assistance.

To Apply

If you are a female veteran who would like to apply to our American Sheroe program, Click Here.