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Veterans Life Changing Services (VLCS) is a transitioning Veterans program; located at 501 West Ridge Road, Gary, IN. It is specifically designed to assist Northwest Indiana and Illinois service men and women in their transition back into civilian life; but yet open to all Veterans geographically.

VLCS opened in September 2009, and began providing transitioning housing to both men and women Veterans in February of 2010. The nearest Veterans’ transitional home is located in Lafayette, IN and Chicago, IL both facilities are located more than 1 to 1 ½ hours from Gary, IN. Currently the nearest Veterans Administration Center is located in Crown Point, IN, 10.5 miles.

VLCS provides temporary housing 120 days to 1 year. We have provided services for over 600 transitioning Veterans; assisted 79 with permanent housing; assisted 23 with obtaining employment and assisted 3 in obtaining 3 college degrees; and the number continues to increase. VLCS provides essential support services; case management; transportation to medical appointments and three meals a day.

Our Staff consist of a National Certified Veterans Benefit Officer, available to assist Veterans with entitlements on Mondays; a Director, a Residential Manager and Residential Coordinator which oversees operation and security, interns from various academies, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and volunteers.The pillars of our sustainable enterprise are: financial strength, high-performance people, customer-inspired innovation, operational excellence, and world-class sustainability.

We developed and implemented this framework because we know that managing the company as a sustainable enterprise helps us better serve and communicate with key stakeholders, including customers, investors, employees, and the communities in which Owens Corning operates.

The work described in this report reflects the way that this sustainable enterprise framework is now embedded throughout the organization. It is the foundation of the company’s strategy of building market-leading businesses, global in scope — human in scale, and reflects the company’s purpose: our people and products make the world a better place.

With that aspiration and a firm belief that business must play a leadership role in achieving the priorities established in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we are challenging ourselves to make greater progress, faster. For example, while experiencing uncertainty in global climate policy in 2017, we sustained our resolve to make progress against our committed 2020 sustainability goals aligned with Climate Action. 


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