Amistad For Veterans Project (AFVP)

We provide assistance and guidance to qualified veterans from all branches of service in the following areas:

  • General Assistance
  • Counseling
  • Transportation
  • Employment Training
  • Housing Options
  • Information & Referral

This program is supported by general assistance and counseling grants from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.

Counseling- Principal Participants

  • Xavier Bañales, Chief Executive Officer - Is responsible for all projects and programs being delivered and executed by Project Amistad. Has a work force of about 180 employees. Works very closely with the Board of Directors regarding policies and financial standings. Is familiar with the AFVP, but will have limited interaction due to his overall role at the agency.
  • Chief Financial Officer (Financial Coordinator); Oversees the daily accounting and billing operations of Project Amistad. Ensures all accounts payables and receivables are being facilitated appropriately. Has a support staff to include three accountants and three accounting/billing specialists.
  • Andrea Ramirez, Chief Operating Officer, Social Service Programs, COO, LPC, LCDC; Has experience working with Veterans and their beneficiaries in an individual and group setting.  She has also provided intensive treatment at mental health hospitals. Will provide oversight of all individual and family counseling.
  • Patricia Chacon, Program Manager/Coordinator; Responsible for the daily supervision of the AFVP.  She will ensure all coordination of the project is facilitated appropriately and that all deliverables/objectives are met. She will work very closely with the Chief Finance Officer to ensure all billing and reports are accurate and delivered timely.
  • Kenneth Ward, Veterans Counselor, earned a Bachelor's of Science in Religion in 2010 and continued his graduate studies in 2012 earning a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling in 2013. He previously worked in an inpatient psychiatric hospital environment conducting psychiatric evaluations and assessments as well as partial hospitalization program outpatient treatment as a program therapist. He has worked with multiple populations including veterans, adults, and children providing individual, group, marriage, and family therapy.

General Assistance - Principal Participants

  • Xavier Bañales, Chief Executive Officer (Executive Director); Is responsible for all projects and programs being delivered and executed by Project Amistad. Has a work force of about 168 employees. Works very closely with the Board of Directors regarding the policies and financial standings. Is familiar with the AFVP, but will be have limited interaction due to his overall role at the agency.
  • Chief Financial Officer (Financial Coordinator); Oversees the daily accounting and billing operations of Project Amistad. Ensures all accounts payables and receivables are being facilitated appropriately. Has a support staff to include four accountants and ten accounting/billing specialists.
  • Andrea Ramirez, COO, LPC, LCDC; Has experience working with Veterans and their dependents in a clinical setting. Will provide limited support, as mental health services is not a component within this project, but will be available for crisis intervention as needed. Is a spouse to an Active Duty Neurologist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
  • Patricia Chacon, Program Manager/Coordinator; Responsible for the daily supervision of the AFVP. She will ensure all coordination of the project is facilitated appropriately and that all deliverables/objectives are met. She will work very closely with the CFO to ensure all billing and reports are accurate and delivered timely.
  • Scottie Whittle, Peer to Peer Counselor/Navigator; Will follow eligibility guidelines, responsible for day-to-day support and collaboration with Veterans/dependents. Each client will be provided the comprehensive services available within their perspective county. Will ensure all case files are well documented and uses safeguards to protect client’s confidentiality.
  • Zaide Echegoyen, Administrative Service Manager; Assists with the assessments and screenings and follows-up with the Veteran and beneficiary to ensure the services were provided and that the clients turn in all receipts for reimbursement purposes.

Other Assistance

Veterans many receive help accessing food pantries and building their own identity through replacement of lost identification cards, drivers licenses or birth certificates.

For more information, call (915) 298-7307 or go to http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/

Transportation options for veterans. Go to http://myvetride.org/