Samaritan Center: HOPE for HEROES

What is the mission of Hope for Heroes?

The mission of Hope for Heroes is to provide support to veterans and military families who are experiencing stress related to military service.  We provide free, confidential counseling services for all ages. Acupuncture, herbal supplements, nutrition and Tai chi are provided at discounted, affordable rates.  

Who qualifies?

Current and previous U.S. military veterans within any Branch of Service: Active, Guard, Reserve, Retired, and Discharged, regardless of discharge status. Family Members including spouse, partner, children, & parents can receive services as well.

What services are offered?

Individual counseling for adults, children and adolescents; Play Therapy for children ages 2 and up; family counseling; parent support and education; group counseling and peer support groups.  We offer acupuncture, herbal supplements, nutrition advice and Tai chi. We also offer biofeedback, a pain-free, computerized process used to learn to control muscle tension, heart rate, nervous system arousal, and breathing patterns.   Military Sexual Trauma groups are offered regularly throughout the year.  Wellness support events are offered throughout the year, including Care Giver retreats. Workshops, training and wellness presentations to FRGs and Units upon request.

How can Hope for Heroes offer free services?

This program is made possible by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans' Assistance (1-800-252-VETS (8387), http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/ and a partnership with Easter Seals of Central Texas.  The Fund for Veterans' Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families. Funding for these grants comes from a portion of Veterans scratch-off lottery ticket sales.

Will I have confidentiality?

All counseling services are confidential. We do not report anything to the military unless it is at your request and you provide a signed release of information. 

Who provides these services?

Our counselors are competent in military-informed care.  Some counselors are veterans themselves or part of a military family. All of our counselors are licensed and have a Masters degree in Counseling, Social Work or Marriage and Family Therapy.

Why Counseling?

If any feelings and reactions you are experiencing seem unusual, intensified, exaggerated, or prolonged you may benefit from speaking to a professional counselor. Acupuncture and other services can be beneficial to treat physical symptoms of stress, and help with sleep and anxiety.

If I see a counselor, does that mean I have a mental health problem?

People experience a variety of difficulties over the course of a lifetime, and a professional counselor can offer an objective perspective on important issues in one’s life. Often, people talk to a counselor when they need to make a difficult decision, cope with a transition, or improve a relationship. Meeting with a counselor does not necessarily indicate that you have a mental health problem, but rather that one wants to embark on a more productive and satisfying course in life.

Is the Center a religious organization?

The Samaritan Center is sensitive to spiritual issues and will provide support based on an individual’s personal beliefs.  Samaritan is an inter-faith, non-profit agency, and we do not impose religious concepts on those we serve.

Where are you located?

We offer counseling services from our main office in Austin and satellite locations in Bastrop, Buda, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock and San Marcos. Acupuncture is offered in Austin, Cedar Park and Georgetown.

How many times do I meet with a counselor?

We do not have a session limit. Our sessions are around 55 minutes and the number of times you come will be determined by you and your counselor.

What kind of paperwork will I need to do? What documentation do you need?

We have a few short and simple forms for you to complete. We will need a copy of the service member’s DD-214 or other form of Military ID.

Branch: 
No Requirement
Era of Service: 
No Requirement
Career Phase: 
No Requirement
VA Disability Rating Requirement: 
No Disability Requirement
Discharges Allowed: 
No Minimum Discharge