Help a Homeless Vet Get Back on Their Feet
There is a growing epidemic in America of Veterans without homes, without income, without even the bare necessities we all take for granted.
Many Veterans face this issue every day, and we're doing something about it. Help us get these proud men and women basic needs, and give them a fresh start to thank them for their service.
We support The Crescent House in Lowell, a transitional housing program for homeless Vets through the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital that offers beds for both men and women veterans.
Some Startling Facts about Veteran Homelessness
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 107,000 Veterans are homeless on any given night.
Veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless than other Americans due to:
- An extreme shortage of affordable housing
- A shortage of livable income and access to health care
- Dealing with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse
- Lack of family and social support networks
- Military occupations and training that are not always transferrable to the civilian workforce, placing some veterans at a disadvantage when competing for employment
A top priority for homeless veterans is secure, safe, clean housing that offers a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.
- 4,338 – the number of women Veterans who are experiencing homelessness, comprising 9.1% of the entire Veteran homeless population.
- Approximately 53% - the number of homeless Veterans that have disabilities.
- Approximately 50% - the number who suffer from mental illness.
- Approximately 60% - the number who suffer from substance abuse problems; and many from dual diagnosis (which is defined as a person struggling with both mental illness and a substance abuse problem).
- Six years – the average number of years that Veterans spend being homeless, compared to four years reported among non-veterans.
Veterans need a coordinated effort that provides secure housing, nutritional meals, basic physical health care, substance abuse care and aftercare, mental health counseling, personal development and empowerment. Additionally, Veterans need job assessment, training and placement assistance.
Any amount you can give would be greatly appreciated, whether it's $5, $10, or $25, it will add up quickly and help us help those who sacrificed years of their lives to keep the USA safe and our freedom intact.
Some of the items we provide to The Crescent House include, but are not limited to:
- New Clothing
- Dress shirts for interviews
- Polo shirts
- Underwear and Socks
- Gift Cards for Food
- Personal hygiene items
- Laundry Detergent
- Cleaning Supplies
Your donation may also go to help other Veteran causes and groups including providing food to Veteran Homeless Shelters, reducing the number of Veteran suicides and other worthy Veteran-based charities.