Strengthening Women and Men of Service and Their Families
Since 2008, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has partnered with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to support military members, veterans, and their families in maintaining their well-being through a program called C.O.R.E. (Casework, Outreach, Referral and Education).
The first program of its kind in the nation, C.O.R.E. provides free, confidential services statewide for eligible veterans, military members and their families. We also work with organizations in the community to de-stigmatize behavioral health issues.
Our dedicated, trauma-trained staff have experience working with veterans, military members and their families. Several are veterans themselves. We believe our model of veterans serving veterans builds trust and resilience while supporting the healing process.
- Individual and Couple’s Counseling
- Family Counseling and Support
- Deployment and Reintegration Support
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Trauma-Focused Behavioral Therapy
Whatever challenges you are facing, our case managers assess each individual’s situation. They create a personalized plan identifying beneficial services and resources found at LSS or through our large network of providers across the state.
Financial counseling can help veterans, military members and their families strategize for a stable financial future. We offer expertise in budgeting, debt management, home buyer education and student loan counseling.
Our Behavioral Health and Housing Services partner together to offer options for short- and long-term shelter for veterans. If you are a veteran and unable to find shelter, please contact us for more information.
Our support, therapy and wellness groups are facilitated by staff trained in trauma-informed care and experienced in working with veterans, military members and their families. Some of the groups we offer include:
- Military Sexual Trauma Support Group
- SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery Group
- Veteran’s Caregiver Support Group
- Veteran’s Family Recovery Support Group
- Veteran's PTSD Support Group
- Women's C.O.R.E. Support Group