The Veteran & Family Resources Team

assist transitioning service members, veterans of all eras, spouses and family members with resource assistance and benefit navigation

The Veteran and Family Resources Department supports the community through careful case management, resource navigation, and financial wellness during challenging life transitions focused on sustainability and resiliency.

Our services are provided at no cost to our clients.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for any of our programs, please call the VFR Appointment Line at 719-309-4752, or email us: VFR@mtcarmelcenter.org.

Supportive Services offers a bridge to sustainability. Our case managers provide short term non-clinical case management. We provide financial and non-financial resources by setting realistic attainable goals and offering support in meeting those goals, through resource connection. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Financial Assistance with essential needs (rent, mortgage, utilities, etc.)
  • Food Security
  • Connection to education partners, legal partners, veteran benefits, and more

Eligibility: Veterans, Military and their Families (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and Family members.

Contact: To schedule an appointment please call Veteran Family Resources Appointment Line at 719-309-4752

We’re committed to teaching our veterans how “to do money” and achieve a level of financial wellness that allows them to live a financially flexible life. The program focuses on building money management skills through financial education teaching personal finance concepts, financial coaching offering guidance and support, and credit counseling teaching the basics of credit management. We recognize that a contributing factor to a person’s well-being and security is the health of their finances. To support the breadth of those needs, we have partnered with several providers who work directly with veterans and their families on more aspects of managing their financial needs.

Financial Coaching:

Free financial coaching is provided through financial coach, Liz Foster. Support helps change behaviors to achieve personal financial goals. Liz also assists in creating budgets and provides information to better manage personal finances.

Eligibility: Veterans, Military and their Families (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and Family members. Please call Liz Foster at 719-309-4716 .

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The Veterans’ Climb program is piloted by Mt. Carmel Veterans
Service Center in partnership with El Pomar Foundation and is designed to
deliver long-term and intensive assistance to at-risk veterans, through:

  • Case management
  • Supportive services
  • Personalized mentorship
  • Career & technology education programs
  • Employment preparation & acquisition
  • Heath & wellness coaching

Who qualifies?
Program is available to all veterans, primarily those who are:

  • Justice-involved
  • Dealing with an unexpected separation from active duty
  • Facing imminent homelessness

Expectations:

  • Committed to long-term participation for the
    entire length of program
  • Enrollment in educational certificate or degree
    program
  • Consistent communication and documented effort

Rewards:

  • Minimize homelessness
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Reduce recidivism

Eligibility: Veterans, Military and their Families (regardless of discharge status, era of service, or disability) and Family members.

Contact: To schedule an appointment please call the Veteran’s Climb Program at 719-309-4766 .

For more information or to schedule an appointment for any of our programs, please call the VFR Appointment Line at 719-309-4752, or email us: VFR@mtcarmelcenter.org

Meet the Veteran & Family Resources Team

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Katie Travis
Director of Veteran
& Family Resources
ABOUT

Katie has been with the Mt. Carmel Family since January 2017. She recently completed her Bachelors of Social Work and is currently working towards her MSW. After working as a case manager with the VFR team for three years, Katie has now taken on the role as director and is ecstatic to take the program to the next level while continuing to support our veterans in becoming the best versions of themselves. As a proud Army Brat of 27 years, Katie is a strong advocate for the military community. Although she spent her childhood traveling the greater Army bases, she has lived in Colorado for 17 years now and intends to call it home for quite some time. When she’s not at Mt. Carmel VSC or working on homework she enjoys everything from adventuring in the great CO outdoors to singing, cooking, and DIYing.

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Andrea Singleton
Supportive Services
Case Manager
ABOUT

Andrea is a proud Navy veteran. Both of her parents served in the Army, her father was a Vietnam vet who received a Purple Heart. Colorado has been her home since the age of 2. She spent 7 years working as a Dental Assistant on Fort Carson. In 2010 she joined the Navy as a Gas Turbine Mechanic and was assigned to a CG-55 Leyte Gulf in Norfolk VA. She returned home to Colorado Springs in 2014, and returned to Fort Carson as a Dental Assistant. She graduated from Colorado State University Pueblo in May 2020 with a Bachelors in Social Work (BSW), and a Bachelors in Sociology. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW) at Colorado State University Pueblo. When she isn’t busy advocating for clients, or attending college classes, she is spending time with her two daughters.

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Madison Bell
Supportive Services
Case Manager
ABOUT

Madison is a proud military spouse and has lived in Colorado for a little over a year and a half after living in Florida all of her life. She received her Bachelors in Psychology (BS) from the University of Central Florida in May 2018 and will receive her Masters in Clinical Social Work (MSW) from Florida State University in August 2021. As a Supportive Services case Manager for the Veteran and Family Resources Department, Madison will work hard to advocate for her clients as well as connect veterans, and their families, with the resources that they need. When Madison is out of the office, she is spending time with her husband and son exploring the beautiful state of Colorado that she now calls home.

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Liz Foster, AFC, FFC
Financial Wellness
Coordinator
ABOUT

Liz manages the Financial Wellness Program, which is geared toward teaching our Mt. Carmel community “how to do money” and achieve a level of financial wellness that allows them to live a financially flexible life. The Program focuses on building money management skills through financial education teaching personal finance concepts, financial coaching offering guidance and support, and credit counseling teaching the basics of credit management. Additionally, Liz is a certified Financial Fitness Coach and Accredited Financial Counselor, supporting and teaching her clients to develop the strategies and find the tools they need to build a solid financial foundation. Raised in a military family, married to a veteran and a veteran herself, Liz has a passion for teaching the basics of sound money management principals and has an understanding of the unique situations faced by many (military and non-military) every day. Liz gets great satisfaction in helping her clients learn to finesse managing their finances, resolve financial problems and reach their long-term goals.

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Don Mainard
Veterans Climb
Case Manager
ABOUT