Jaye Blythe, 47, joined HVAF in June 2013 as our Housing Specialist. She helps veterans who leave HVAF transitional housing program to enter permanent homes of their own. Blythe has a BSW in Social Work.
What attracted you to the position at HVAF?
I’ve always wanted to work with the homeless population and veterans hold a special place in my heart.
I handle all the applications for our GPD Housing Program and help the veterans who are on the housing wait list. I manage the wait list and the housing roster for the case managers. Another aspect of my position at HVAF is permanent housing. I get referrals from the case managers for the veterans leaving our program and going into their own permanent housing. I work with those clients to determine their priorities for housing; provide housing resources and assist in obtaining the housing.
What do you enjoy most about working at HVAF?
I enjoy giving back to a population of our society that has given so much for the people of this country. It is very rewarding to be a part of the process of getting someone off the streets and into a warm home out of the elements. I am very grateful for the things that I have and the comforts of my own life. I believe that part of being grateful, for me anyway, is to give back in some way. Helping those that are most vulnerable is a part of what I am committed to as a social worker. I have been through a lot of challenges in my own life and I would not be where I am today if I didn’t have people who cared enough to help me through those struggles. I enjoy being a listening ear, friendly smile and someone who genuinely cares for others at HVAF and beyond.
How do you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. At church, I am a Communion Team Leader and sing in the Gospel choir. I love to camp, grill out, throw parties, and go to the theater, concerts, museums, and art galleries. I am an avid reader and I love movies, animals (especially turtles!) and being outdoors. I have a new baby boy that I can’t wait to share all these things with!