STAND DOWN SERVES MORE THAN 300 VETERANS.

STAND DOWN SERVES MORE THAN 300 VETERANS

Veterans’ Outreach recently attended a Stand Down, also known as a resource fair for veterans.  It was so well-organized, not a detail was left out in the preparations.  This event was nearly a year in the making and has been going on for nearly 20 years.  It was planned and executed by veterans, but we were told that the inspiration for the organizational flow came from a non-veteran that has hosted similar resource fairs for many years.  The site was a beautiful event center, pristinely maintained, with a multitude of parking available.  

There were dozens of VA representatives, employers, social service agencies, and vendors in attendance – all with the single goal of helping every veteran in attendance.  And there were a lot of them, more than 300 veterans were served.  Many types of assistance stood ready including employers offering employment, schools offering educational and skills development, food insecurity issues, warming items, health and hygiene needs, benefits assistance, housing assistance, and financial advice and help with various needs.

Every veteran was treated with respect and gratitude for their service, and a sincere desire to make a positive impact on their daily quality of life.  

Veterans’ Outreach gave out small canvas totes stuffed with health and hygiene items, and household products.  The totes were warmly received, but the item that really put a sparkle in their eyes was a simple magnet identifying which branch of service they served in.  Something that they could wear proudly.  The purpose and selflessness that brought them into serving our nation was reawakened by that simple magnet.  

We are grateful to be able to participate in these events, to be a part of the solution. 

HOMELESS VETERAN SECURES APARTMENT.

HOMELESS VETERAN SECURES APARTMENT

A homeless veteran had gotten help from another agency with finding an apartment and getting to the point of being approved to move in.  He ran into a major snag that threatened to halt the entire process.  It was discovered that he had an outstanding water and sewer bill from a time when his disabilities overcame his good sense.  The utility provider stood firm on their policy, no service for this veteran until the past due bill was paid in full.

Veterans’ Outreach was able to work with the utility provider and pay the outstanding amounts.  The veteran was cleared to move in immediately.

Thanks to working with other like-minded agencies, generous donors, and monthly supporters, we can step in and help when it is needed most.

HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING DELUGE VETERANS’ BASEMENT

Recent heavy rain and wind had left a veteran with several feet of water in his basement.  He just purchased this home earlier this year, and he was loving it – 1st time homeowner, at peace and excited to move forward in life.  As he sat relaxing in his home, he heard a strange noise, when he looked, he saw the basement quickly filling with water.   He does not have flood insurance because it was too expensive.  He lives on a fixed income and really was at his wits end when he called Veterans’ Outreach for some help.  

We advised him to wait a bit to see if FEMA would declare a Flash Flood emergency, then he would get federal aid for his loss.  In the meantime, we got him some immediate relief by placing him in a hotel to think things through and figure out his next move.  We also provided him with food for his family.  When he’s ready, he can come back for additional assistance.

CORRECTIONS INMATES GARDEN BENEFITS VETERANS.

CORRECTIONS INMATES GARDEN BENEFITS VETERANS

A corrections officer from Trumbull Correctional Institute contacted Veterans’ Outreach a few weeks ago.  He wanted to find out if we would accept fresh produce grown at the institute.  He leads a group of inmates that wanted to grow a garden this year.  Their 20’ x 20’ garden has produced a huge quantity and variety of produce.  

The Freedom Food Pantry distributes about 100 boxes of food each week to veterans living with food insecurity, so the donation was eagerly accepted.  The veteran recipients have been so grateful for the fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, Swiss chard, and more.  Our friend Chris from the Corrections Institute has delivered 2 loads so far, each one over 400 lbs.  

We learned that some of the inmates tending to the garden are veterans.  In correspondence with Chris, he said “The donations from the garden makes these guys feel like they are giving back. I let them know that they are. I always try and give them words of encouragement and remind them that what they are doing is helping people that need it.”

We thank them all, and hope they know that their hard work is benefitting many veterans and their families.

VETERAN AND FAMILY NARROWLY ESCAPE HOUSE FIRE.

VETERAN AND FAMILY NARROWLY ESCAPE HOUSE FIRE

Veterans’ Outreach partners with many like-minded agencies, organizations, and churches to provide the best solutions for veterans.

Recently, we became aware of a house fire that almost took the lives of a veteran and his wife.  The two children were on the first floor and escaped, but the husband and wife were on the second floor and had to jump from the second story to escape the smoke and flames.  They lost everything.

Lots of help is on the way to this family thanks to the networking of local non-profits.  Veterans’ Outreach helped with financial aid for shelter, clothing, and food.

We all pull together to create a safety net for veterans in crisis.

May God bless all veterans.

VETERAN TRAVELS BY BICYCLE

Visiting Veterans’ Outreach has become part of the weekly routine for many veterans.  They stop by to browse through Heroes’ Closet which consists of donated clothing, footwear, coats, linens, household goods, and some furniture.  They stop by to get help with food for the week from the Freedom Food Pantry.  

 Veterans have been known to say, “This is my social time”, “This is a safe place”, I always leave with my dignity”, “I look forward all week to coming by” and other similar statements.  

Yesterday, a veteran on a bicycle came by for help with food.  We are grateful to be able to do this work and provide this safety net for at-risk veterans.

May God bless all veterans.

saddle up for soldiers.

SADDLE UP FOR SOLDIERS EVENT IS GREAT SUCCESS

American Legion Post 472 from Youngstown hosted a Poker Run to benefit Veterans’ Outreach programs for veterans.  It was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine.  Riders joined together and spent their day helping to raise funds and awareness of the plight of many veterans in need.  

Post 472 provided breakfast before they left and dinner when they returned.  They also hosted a 50/50 raffle and huge basket auction.  The event was well-attended, and everyone had a great time visiting and supporting the mission of serving and honoring all veterans.

Thank you, Post 472 and all your members, employees, and friends.  

Your support means a LOT!

TCC GIVES GRANT HELPS VETERANS WITH HOME REPAIRS

Veterans’ Outreach implemented a new program called Home Repair for Veterans after interviewing many veterans in dire need of home improvements, unable to move forward due to low- and fixed-income limitations.  The Program was funded by grants.  The $2,000 grant from TCC Gives specifically impacted 6 individual veterans and their families in profound ways that have improved their standard of living and quality of daily life.   Read more

Hand Made Blankets Sent From Heaven

Veterans’ Outreach is a very busy place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays every week.  We love what we do and feel great satisfaction in knowing that we are making a positive impact for the veterans that come to us for help.  We never know what the day might bring, but we always know that good works are happening all around us. Read more

“I Served” Resource Fair for Veterans.

“I Served” Resource Fair for Veterans

Veterans’ Outreach was invited to attend a recent veteran’s resource fair in North Canton Ohio.  It was a well-organized, highly endorsed by attendees, excellent event.  There were dozens of organizations and resource providers stationed throughout the MAPS Air Museum.  It was a great backdrop with antique planes hanging from the ceiling and other artifacts displayed throughout the building.  Read more