Fargo VA Health Care System
Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center
The Fargo Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System (HCS) has awarded a lease for North Dakota’s first-ever Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) in Fargo.
The Fargo CRRC, to be located at 721 1st Ave. N., Fargo, is expected to be ready for occupancy in June 2020. The contract with MDM Construction LLC is a 20-year lease.
CRRCs support Veterans who are experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness, by assisting in securing and maintaining housing, promoting physical and mental health, and by working with Veterans to achieve increased community integration.
At almost 10,000 square feet, the Fargo CRRC will be staffed by the Fargo VA HCS’s Homeless Veterans Programs Team, a home-based primary care team, as well as a primary care team specifically designed to care for Veterans at risk of homelessness. The Fargo CRRC will be equipped with a primary care clinic with two exam rooms, one of which will be dedicated specifically to female Veterans, multipurpose room with a kitchen, laundry, showers, community room, clothing closet, food cupboard, computer lab, and on-site parking. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Fargo CRRC will help Veterans get connected to a myriad of resources to include housing referrals, counseling, medical care, employment services, substance abuse treatment, and personalized psychosocial programs. The Fargo CRRC is strategically located in downtown Fargo to be in close proximity to the many existing resources for the homeless such as the Salvation Army, shelters, employment services, transportation, and meal services.
Many of the services that will be provided in the new Fargo CRRC were previously provided over the past several years by the Gladys Ray Shelter in Fargo.
“The Gladys Ray Shelter did a phenomenal job providing these services,” said Diana Hall, Fargo VA HCS Homeless Programs Coordinator. “The City of Fargo deserves a special thank you for contracting to provide these services as we transitioned to the build-up of the Fargo CRRC.”
According to Dr. Breton Weintraub, Fargo VA HCS Director, the new Fargo CRRC will be a valuable resource to help at-risk Veterans overcome the barriers keeping them from achieving their life goals.
“The Fargo CRRC is another example of how the Fargo VA Health Care System continuously strives to innovate to meet the needs of our Veterans in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota,” Weintraub said. “We are eager to open the doors of the CRRC to provide these necessary services in a convenient location for our Veterans.”
For more information, call the Fargo VA HCS Public Affairs Office at 701-239-3724.