Teri Ely, our Executive Director, was being interviewed for a Veterans’ Day Story on how the charity was helping veterans in need. The activity is bustling like crazy! There is goodwill just dripping from the ceiling.
Anybody that visits is taken back on how everyone, all, have a super amped feeling while they are there, and they leave with that after-glow of humble satisfaction through serving veterans.
The interns, volunteers, staff, visitors, contributors, and veterans-in-need are confident that hope and Godly things are happening at this charity and through its’ mission.
As the reporter was packing up, he reached into his brief case and pulled out a plaque that says, “WYTV Proudly recognizes Teri Ely and Veterans’ Outreach as a Hometown Hero”. Well, this caught her completely unprepared and she had to hesitate and figure out what was happening.
Being stymied…she said shyly that she doesn’t deserve this honor. The reporter told her to look around…you are responsible for all of this! She responded by stating that all good things come from God and then thanked him for the honor of being named a “Hometown Hero”.
One of her pleas during that interview was that we were looking for a bigger building. The reporter took that small excerpt and played it on the TV stations night and day before her main interview aired.
That following Monday, a couple of realtors showed up at her office and indicated that the properties around the corner were being auctioned off tomorrow!
They asked us to join them for the event! We would have never believed that we would have the opportunity of getting something of that magnitude.
It was Arby’s National Headquarters at one time. It includes three buildings on 2.6 acres and a huge parking lot. It will increase our office space by almost 700%. A big jump indeed! Our bid went through and low and behold, we are the new owners of The Veterans’ Outreach Complex!
We at the charity are so thankful for God’s Presence through our MISSION. This gift to our veterans couldn’t be timelier than at Christmas of 2022! We say this with pride and hope, “Merry Christmas to all our veterans! “We are here for you, always!”
We are thrilled to share this news with you. Your support means everything, it means the mission moves forward and stands ready to meet the needs of our nation’s heroes, United States Veterans.
The reality is that we are moving into a space that is seven times larger than our current space. The buildings are brick and in very good condition, but renovations will need to be done to make the space functional for our needs. We need to raise a few walls, purchase commercial refrigeration units, purchase clothing display racks, and update flooring.
We are a non-profit, we raise all funds ourselves through donations, grants, and special events. We undergo a voluntary audit each year with Hill, Barth, and King. We have achieved a Platinum Seal of Transparency with GuideStar. Charity Navigator has given us a score of 100 out of 100.
We ask that you consider donating to help Veterans’ Outreach with the building improvements that will help more veterans. Any amount is appreciated.
Our Board, Staff, and Volunteers wish you a wonderful holiday season.
May God Bless You!