By Voncelle Hunter

The San Tan Valley Compassion Care Center is known for their strategic partnerships with local non-profit agencies like House of Timothy, Community Action Human Resource Agency (CAHRA), Vineyard Pregnancy Community Center, and Sun Life Family Health Center to provide social services to individuals and disadvantaged families in Pinal County.

They now have a new partnership with the Open Hands Outreach Program (OHOP) to focus on the needs of veterans located in San Tan Valley. Founded in 2012, the OHOP works one on one with veterans to assist them with accessing military service records, applying for veteran benefits, and obtaining service and combat medals. 

Clarence Chapell is the OHOP Veteran Resource Navigator that will be working directly with veterans at the STV Compassion Care Center each Thursday. When asked what are the greatest needs of the STV veteran population he replied, “Many of our veterans are homeless and suffering from PTSD. They are also challenged with getting transportation to medical appointments. These are men and women who have sacrificed to serve and protect our country. Now it is time for us to take care of them.”

OHOP’s vision is to restore the lives of any veteran that has suffered from the loss of a home or is dealing with mental illness. They work with the Veterans Administration to ensure veterans receive counseling services for PTSD. They offer job training and transitional housing to help veterans become productive members of society. 

The mission of the San Tan Valley Compassion Care Center is to unite churches, community service organizations and non-profit agencies to be a transformational presence in our community. Programs provided by the San Tan Valley Compassion Care Center and OHOP are done with the help of volunteers and through donated funds. 

For more information on how you can support the San Tan Valley Compassion Care Center and OHOP please visit

www.compassionconnectaz.org 

or call (480) 987-0885. 

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