The Veterans Representative Payee Program (VRPP) is a representative payee program similar to MAP, but specifically for veterans. It operates from offices located at the Veterans Administration in West Los Angeles.

A representative payee (in this case St. Joseph Center) receives a person's public benefit (such as social security insurance or veteran's compensation ) and ensures that these benefits are first used to meet basic needs and then to establish some form of savings. VRPP serves homeless veterans, many with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Support services provided include socialization and life skills training with a goal of moving veterans toward increased stability and self-sufficiency so that they will eventually be able to manage their own finances.

 

Based on more than two decades of pioneering work in the money management field, St. Joseph Center has developed and implemented a comprehensive program at VRPP that provides money management education, case management services, and housing assistance. A 1997 study conducted by a UCLA Veterans Administration research psychologist found that St. Joseph Center's Veterans Representative Payee Program saves taxpayers $1 million annually by dramatically reducing participating veterans' hospitalization rate.

Volunteer Opportunities

VRPP volunteers help with such administrative tasks as filing bank records and checks and other with office tasks. Please note: this position is located at the VA Medical Center in West LA.