I became a client on May 7,2008. I was severely depressed and coming off of an alcohol induced psychotic episode. An HVAF outreach worker met with me as I was being discharged from the VA hospital. I spent 13 months in their intensive rehabilitation program and another 2 years in HVAF supportive housing. During that time I enrolled in computer training courses and then into college, eventually becoming employed for the VA. The end of my time with HVAF came in October of 2011 shortly after I became employed with VAMC. Although my parting with HVAF was not what I had hoped for I still give them 4 stars today. An unknown had made false allegations against me and mistakes were made. I cannot hold them accountable for the ill will of someone I do not know. Mistakes happen in organizations this large who work to help so many. I only know that because of them, I am alive, sober, and loved by my family again. Most case workers of that period are gone now and Dr. Haenlein is still a champion to me and so many other vets. He and HVAF will always have my respect.
It is true that this is an organization built to help our veterans but the truth is, they could do a better job. I have witnessed firsthand the things they do and the clients they serve and it hurts my heart. To throw someone back onto the streets with nowhere to go and no help is not helping them get better. To put them out the minute they make a mistake is not helping them. These are people who have served and fought for our country and then they come home with all kinds of problems and can't even get a decent meal. Some need rehab.. But I have never seen a case manager or anyone make sure they get meds or get to the doctor. I witnessed a man get put out because he was off his meds and started doing irrational things. He had nowhere to go but that was of no concern to them. HELPING veterans and families my ass...its all about the money. Non for profit because the profit they get goes right back to them and not the people they are suppose to be helping. My father fought in vietnam..luckily for him he doesn't need this sad excuse of an organization to help.its good to know if he did that they would be here not to help.
This is a great non-profit organiztion that helps out veterans who have special needs but they also give out food and clothes and other supplies to other veterans.
More than 900 veterans are homeless on any given night in Indianapolis, Ind. HVAF of Indiana, Inc. is there to help by assisting veterans daily in providing housing and essential services while promoting self-sufficiency. In the process, clients leave HVAF stronger, more confident, ready and able to achieve individual goals. HVAF serves the community and makes a difference in the life of those who defended our country.
HVAF helps homeless and near-homeles veterans. They house over 200 vets and offer long term care around substance abuse and other issues leading to homelessness. They are highly effective in this field.
I am a former homeless veteran and HVAF helped me. They took me from living on the streets to living in one of their veteran's homes. Then, I became a manger of one of their houses. During the approximately two years I lived in one of their homes, I attended law school and now I am an attorney. Also, I am a board member of HVAF of Indiana, Inc.
I am US Navy veteran and have witnessed firsthand many sailors who have struggled with their return to civilian life. Some have taken to drugs and alcohol as methods of dealing with such an abrupt change in lifestyle; as a result of these new behaviors, many have found themselves forced to leave their loved ones and turn to life on the streets. HVAF and its staff help these homeless veterans (some of whom may actually qualify for VA benefits) to begin the process of taking control of their lives (emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially). HVAF staff understand that it is a process, with some setbacks along the way. However, the clients (veterans) understand that this chance might be their last and most want to take full advantage of the opportunities that HVAF provides.
Volunteering at HVAF is one of the great joys of my life. As a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, I saw firsthand how war can negatively impact veterans, sometimes leading to a lifetime of struggles with drugs and alcohol. To be able to provide a hand up to those veterans that are suffering from invisible wounds is an honor. No person that ever fought for our nation should be left to sleep on the street. HVAF does everything possible to keep that tragic possibility from becoming a reality.
HVAF took me from deralection and degradation, a herion additc,homeless,spiritually, emotionally, and physically bankrupt, put me in housing, reintagraded me into society as a caring and responsible person, I owe this organization, my life, with out them I very likely would not be here today...
When I was going through my schooling to get my bachelors in social work I was lucky enough to intern with HAVF. Being a veteran myself I was excited about the prospect of getting a chance to work with a population that was very dear to my heart. I could not believe all the services they provide. They do so much for those who have served. Indiana is lucky to have a program like this one. I hope one day they are able to branch out into other states.