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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council has been such an exciting addition to this County.
Thru their continued research and communication for Veterans,
Hundreds of Veterans are now getting their services. The Stand Down they Provide has saved the lives of many.
They are the connection for information for all Veterans and active duty Military.

All Service organizations should reach out and support their programs.
They are a WIN WIN combination.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council does awesome work helping those Veterans in need as well as other homeless or needy families. They work hard, volunteer where needed helping the community. My personal thanks for all they do on behalf of their organization as well as working with the Mohave County Continuum of Care. Working on reshaping and rebuilding lives through from the Veterans Stand down to making a special trip out to Dolan Springs to bring a Veteran in for medical treatment or providing services whenever there is a call for help! They are the first to be there with their resources or a referral to other agencies that can help! Thank you Pat and Casey Farrell for all you do for those you serve:)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The JAVC is a local, grass roots organization that has taken up the challenge of actually doing something about veteran homelessness and those veterans who are “at risk”. Each member of the outfit has a different role, and most either represent or are affiliated with other organizations who are also involved in the effort. We have 75 resource agencies and over 150 volunteers.
One of the major goals of this group is to build an additional shelter in the Kingman/Bullhead City corridor that will serve the needs, as much as possible, of the hundreds of homeless veterans in the area. The needs of “at risk” veterans are met, as much as possible, by donations of time and labor.
Operating on a shoe string, the JAVC has conducted a “stand down” in Bullhead City for several years. I have been to many stand downs and this one is the most successful and best organized I have seen, with representation of numerous government and private non-profit organizations.
The honcho is Pat Farrell and has the support of his lovely wife Casey. (Casey is actually in charge of everything … we all know how that works.) Pat was recently inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame and deserved every ounce of it; joining several Medal Of Honor winners with ties to Arizona and historical luminaries such as Frank Luke and Barry Goldwater. Pat and Casey are also involved with the American Cancer Society and a fair number of other, local, charities.
I, myself, am a notorious blanket smuggler. Every summer I journey to Bullhead City and Phoenix and accept donations of blankets and heavy clothing. In October and November I then deliver them to the shelter in Flagstaff and also here in Kingman. In 2011 ten homeless people, veteran or not, died from exposure in Flagstaff over the winter. In 2012 it was down to 8, in 2013, down to 5 and down to 3 in 2014. The JAVC is literally saving lives by their efforts. Please join us. We need your moral support, your prayers, and yes, we need your money.



Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being new to the area I wanted to do something to make a difference in my community. This group took me in and from day one I felt wanted. I saw how my volunteering did make a difference to the veterans that gave up so much so that I could have a comfortable life. It breaks my heart that society has cast our veterans to the curb but I am so proud to belong to a group that values and cares for people who just need a little help. The Stand down that we hold once a year is a truly amazing show of support to our displaced and downtrodden community.

Kim_189

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council of Mohave County is an amazing resource for helping veterans and their families get what they need. The president Pat Farrell & his wife Casey are two of the most giving and generous individuals I've ever encountered. Their commitment to the organization is unprecedented