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Nicholas Strother: Leading the Charge to Support Homeless Veterans

By February 12, 2024March 4th, 2024No Comments

In the heart of Austin, there’s a man on a mission – Nicholas Strother, the Program Manager for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program at Front Steps. With a journey marked by resilience, determination, and a commitment to serving others, Nicholas embodies the spirit of compassion and leadership.

Nicholas’s journey began at the age of 18 when he joined the military, where he honed his leadership skills and rose to the rank of sergeant. After his military service, Nicholas sought new challenges, eventually finding himself in Hawaii, where he pursued higher education, graduating with a degree in Business and Health Administration. However, despite his qualifications, Nicholas faced setbacks in finding employment. Undeterred, he relocated to Texas in 2015, where he began working in mental health hospitals. It was during this time that Nicholas discovered his passion for helping others, particularly those in need.

In 2020, Nicholas’s path led him to Front Steps, where he joined as a Case Manager for the SSVF program. This role marked his first hands-on experience assisting homeless veterans, igniting a deep sense of purpose within him. Over the years, Nicholas’s dedication and hard work earned him promotions, eventually leading to his current position as Program Manager for the SSVF program.

For Nicholas, the SSVF program is more than just a job – it’s a lifeline for homeless veterans. He emphasizes that

“the program isn’t about handouts but rather providing a hand up”,

empowering veterans to become self-sufficient before completing the SSVF program.

Nicholas understands the unique challenges facing homeless veterans, including lack of awareness about available resources and feelings of shame associated with asking for help. To combat these challenges, Nicholas and his team work tirelessly to engage with veterans, using outreach strategies and ensuring each client is treated with dignity and respect.

Collaboration is key for Nicholas, who regularly partners with organizations like ECHO and the Vet Only program to better serve veterans in need. He believes that by working together, we can make a greater impact in preventing veteran homelessness and providing essential support to those who have served our country.

Looking ahead, Nicholas is focused on raising awareness, expanding supportive housing programs for veterans, and equipping case managers with the knowledge and experience needed to make a difference. He firmly believes that with knowledge comes options, and by empowering veterans with resources and support, we can help them rebuild their lives and thrive.

As we honor Nicholas Strother’s dedication to serving homeless veterans during the month of March, let’s recognize his unwavering commitment to making a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for our country.