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Veterans

For Our Neighbor Service Opportunities

We are addressing the veteran homelessness problem by successfully recruiting and supporting landlords to participate in the Veterans Administration HUD-VASH housing program, and then supplying housed veterans with donated furniture and living essentials. We also provide assistance with moving veterans into their new homes. We work closely with the VA caseworkers and landlords to provide ongoing support to the veterans, such as providing transportation and companionship for doctor's appointments. We offer goods and volunteer support to the San Mateo County Veterans Service Office, open houses, and Stand Down programs, as well as the Redwood City American Legion's Open Houses and Menlo Park VA Hospital barbecues. We partner with the Blue Star Moms and Operation Care and Comfort to support veteran causes. The ministry also supports active military members who are serving our country by sending them care packages and encouraging cards, and through participation in the Foster City Adopt-a-Unit program.

 

Cardmaking

Create handmade greeting cards with personal notes to thank and encourage veterans. These will be distributed to veterans at the Menlo Park VA Hospital, Veterans’ Resource Opportunity Center at College of San Mateo, and veterans moving into their new homes.

 

Team Leader: Violet Brum

 

 

Game and Social Nights at the VA

Host a Game Night for veterans at the long-term care facility in the Menlo Park VA Hospital. Set up and play Bingo and card games (poker and blackjack) with the veterans, and provide prizes to the winners (donations drive planned).

 

Team Leader: Violet Brum

 

 

Housing/Furniture Partnership

Help move veterans off the street and into an apartment.

 

Team Leader: John Helin