Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma
Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) mentoring program has honored Nathaniel Lottie as its outstanding mentor of the year for Oklahoma Mentor Day.
The SSVF program focuses on pairing veterans who have successfully transitioned to civilian life with veterans who have requested assistance transitioning. The goal of the program is to build a sustained community of veterans that can provide social support for one another through coordinated community service and activities.
“Nathaniel has supported the veterans in the SSVF program through positive and more difficult life events such as receiving keys to their new housing, receiving keys to a new vehicle, obtaining and maintaining employment, having and recovering from surgery, family issues, relationship issues, brief weekend bouts of incarceration, and even struggling with suicide,” said Program Manager and former Peer Support Navigator Donnie Lewis.
“Nathaniel serves as a fellow veteran, brother and mentor who always has an open ear that is only a phone call away.”
Nathaniel, a member of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and a certified Veteran Peer Specialist, works to train and pair veterans who have successfully participated in the SSVF program. Through the program, Nathaniel has organized movies, breakfast and lunch outings, attending sports events, Veterans Day activities, peer mentor trainings, casino nights, fishing, air shows, 45th Infantry Museum tours, volunteering at the Regional Food Bank and home visits.