Derrick Venzen understands the power of collaboration. The Andrews Institute cohort five graduate partnered with the Salvation Army’s “Operation Bootstrap” program, which provides transitional housing for up to two years for highly motivated homeless men who have been drug and alcohol-free for at least 30 days.
Venzen’s pilot program, the Rescue Our Children (R.O.C.) Life Skills program was implemented with participants from the Boot Strap Unit - all single homeless men. He employed counseling courses and pre- and post-assessments that led to an improvement in life skill readiness. Upon completion of his projects, Venzen said he was "convinced that we as a community, with the help of our stakeholders, have an vested interest in building an umbrella of services which insures that every opportunity for advancement and intervention must be offered to restore and build hope."
This past March, WZTV Fox 17 News covered a memorable, life-changing event for the men in the program and a gratifying moment for Venzen. Watch the video here.