Veterans Gently Roll Into the New Year

Today, as we roll into the new year, we want to highlight a “Case of the Week” from our corporate office located in Liberty Township, north of Youngstown Ohio.
Recently, a very generous local couple stopped by our office to donate two fully functioning motorized wheelchairs. These chairs can even be used outdoors. They were driven into our reception/ waiting area in search of exactly the right veterans – we wanted to be sure that the recipients had the greatest need.
Over the next few weeks, our staff and volunteers kept a careful watch on the veterans that came to the office. Two veterans situations really stood out. One veteran had spent the last several years volunteering at Gleaners, a local Food Bank, until one day he fell off of the dock. He has since had multiple strokes and even a heart attack. His volunteering days are done, and now he needs help, so he was gifted one of the chairs.
The other chair was gifted to a veteran that has also sustained multiple strokes. This veteran can barely speak or walk and is in desperate need of ambulatory assistance.
We are so grateful for the donation and that we were able to help these two veterans, especially at this blessed time of year. These veterans are looking forward to a New Year with anticipation, knowing that their quality of life has improved and opened new opportunities.

Spread Christmas Cheer For All to Hear

Today’s Case of the Week on Christmas Eve comes from our Corporate Office in Youngstown, OH written by Elisha Henry.
Veterans’ Outreach is busy helping veterans every day of the year. In spite of that, our office workers and volunteers wanted to do more for veterans this Christmas. So, they came up with the idea of a drawing for a complete Christmas dinner.
It was a lot of fun because so many people entered our drawing. People were talking about it coming to the office. Everyone was all abuzz with anticipation! The day finally came that we all waited for and we are so happy that Dan Friendly won and in return he sang us a beautiful rendition of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Please watch the YouTube video of him singing, it will cheer up any bad day.
Thank you all for participating, we will certainly have another drawing next week!
Merry Christmas to All!

The Heat is ON!

This week our “Case of the Week” comes from our KY Office. Many people came together to gift a new HVAC system to a veteran and his family.
Over a year ago, Veterans’ Outreach was contacted by ARS/Rescue Rooter. They were interested in getting leads from us for a veteran that needed a new HVAC house system in the Lexington KY area. I touched base with several contacts, and found 2 veterans that were really in need at that time.
Things progressed, but never developed into a conclusion.
I made contact a few times, and there were delays. I pretty much wrote them off, thinking they changed their minds, found someone else, etc. To my surprise I was contacted again recently by ARS. They said that there were snags last year, and they wanted to move forward and wanted to know if the same veterans still needed the system.
They followed up, visited the veteran, and decided to surprise them last Thursday, November 8th by showing up at their door to give them the news and install same day.
They had a TV crew there and their own video crew. Our Regional Manager, Brandon Clark, was there to represent Veterans’ Outreach. He delivered flowers and candy to the lady of the house. One more surprise – it was her birthday.
This is an email from the happy couple, all snuggly warm on a chilly November day.
We got our new heat/air unit today. It was very unnerving being on the news though. Was so surprised to see Brandon at my door. Thanks for the flowers and chocolates! Today also happened to be my birthday so it was like me and hubby both getting a gift. Since it all happened today. It was a blessing as the heat guys said it wouldn’t have lasted much longer.

Military Family Saved from Eviction

Today’s Case of the Week comes from our Hartselle, AL office written by Mike Johnson, our Event Coordinator there.
We got a call from a veteran who had fallen on hard times and had fallen behind on his rent, he was very distraught and did not know where to turn.
We assured him that we could help and to send his paperwork via email. In short order, we received his email and the paperwork showed the necessary I.D.s. It also showed that he and his family were to be evicted that day the 25th.
Our Regional Director sprang into action and called the apartment manager and told her that we would help and pledged enough money to enable the family to ward off eviction. It truly is better to give than to receive.

In Return for Water, A Home

Today’s Case of the Week comes from our Sarasota, FL office written by Jan Worrel, our Event Coordinator there.
We had a homeless veteran call us that needed help with their water deposit. They had been working with Omar at Bay Pines Hud Vash to find a house or apartment.
Omar was able to find a landlord that would let them move in with very little deposit. The one stipulation the landlord had, was they had to pay for the water deposit.
They couldn’t afford the $100.00 deposit. We were able to call the water company and guarantee the deposit. Within a couple of hours, we received a call from them, thanking us for everything we did. Their water was to be turned on within a few hours.