Today, we would like to share a “Case of the Week” from our corporate office in Liberty Ohio. A veteran and his wife visited our office today, very distraught. Although they are a working couple, they had gotten behind with their water bill, and the utility had been shut off for a few days now. Other unforeseen issues had cropped up and depleted their funds.
The amount due was high. Bob, our Services Director, was able to negotiate with the water company to reduce the bill and get the reconnection fee waived. Veterans’ Outreach was able to pay a large portion of the bill and the water was turned on the same day. We were also able to give them a large tote of groceries as well. The couple was relieved, grateful, and eager to move forward with their lives.
Today, we share a “Case of the Week” from our Sarasota, FL office.
We were contacted by a veteran who has some employment but, with 3 children (ages 2, 4, and 6) when Hurricane Irma struck Tampa, she could not work (employed by Engineering Consulting Services to inspect and report on roadway asphalt and concrete problems) as her Day Care facility was forced to close. Her husband is in a treatment facility for a painkiller problem and she was evicted from her home for non-payment. She is temporarily staying with her sister-in-law, who also has 3 children, but she needs money for food, personal items like diapers, and gas. We were able to help her get back on her feet through a check from our Emergency Fund, and she is extremely grateful.
Today we bring you a “Case of the Week” from our Liberty Ohio office. A Navy veteran was referred to our office by another agency. A young lady, his girlfriend had dropped him off at our door. This veteran had been to many places seeking help, but none had been able to help him.
He had lost a lot of weight and didn’t have proper clothing for his workplace. He had recently secured employment that required casual dress. Bob Julian, our Services Director, asked one of our volunteers to help the veteran look through our “Hero’s Closet” clothing pantry. They found him several pairs of pants, shirts, and even some nice coats. We also gave him the large tote of groceries through our “Serve Veterans Now Food Pantry” (provided by a grant from WalMart Foundation) that would keep him in food for at least a couple of weeks.
In addition to all of that, we gave him a gift card for Walmart to purchase under clothes and a gas card to help get him around town. When his girlfriend returned, she asked him how it went. His response was “This is a 5 star place”.
Today, we share a “Case of the Week” from our Hartselle AL office.
Last weekend, our “Outreach Program” was at a new fundraising location in Tuscumbia Alabama. The representative was setup with our signage on the table as required, when our guy was approached by a veteran in need. He had some questions, and needed help. The rep took the time to talk to the man and find out his concerns. He then gave the man our phone number and all our information. The veteran called on Monday and needed assistance with food, and Ms. Carol is on top of it. My point is, everyone went the extra mile to help out a veteran. Our “Outreach Program” at the venue did exactly what we hope for, we reached out to a specific veteran right there, right then. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!