The VLP program is great. It was a major help and blessing to me. I don't know what I would have done without it. I recommend this program to any veteran who needs help. The program has many ways to help veterans, including: rent, moving expenses, furniture, jobs, vision, eye glasses, health, and much more.
Amazing organization that assists local Veterans, Service Members, and their families with essential housing, employment, and other supportive services.
I filled out a TON of paperwork, and was told by one employee there that I'd receive help within the next week in paying my past due rent so I didn't get evicted. So I relayed that to my landlord. A week later, another employee called me, and said she's be handling my case. She told me I wouldn't be receiving any help. She told me to go apply for Section 8. So I looked like a liar to my landlord and applying for Section 8 wasn't going to stop me from getting evicted. I don't know if they just don't have the resources to help people or they got new staff or what. When I lost my job many people recommended I go to VLP for help. I'm a female vet with kids and this was the first time I'd ever needed help for anything. I have a bachelors degree and have no alcohol or drug history. I've always held a job and had never been in trouble. I was just in a temporary rough patch. I finally had worked up the courage to go ask for help because I didn't have any other options and they weren't very nice. The lady said if they helped me "I'd just end up in the same situation again." Thankfully, I'm now back on my feet and employed at a Fortune 500 company, no thanks to them.
They do not really help. I've had to fend for myself. One of the employment specialists decided a pizza delivery driver was the best job for a disabled veteran that suffers ptsd and uses assistive devices to walk. Never mind that it was her fathers pizza shop. When looking for accessible housing, no one helped me. I was left to search on my own, never finding a place or being told no for places I was interested in. Right now, I'm in a Project Journey apartment that I'm being kicked out of. I was just told I have to be out next week, via text message. Here comes one more homeless vet, illegally evicted. Also, they feel free to walk in whenever they want and won't even tell you they were there, but get upset when you tell them you noticed someone was in the apartment. All of my calls go unreturned when I try to talk to someone there. I've left tons of voicemails. This same person is very condescending and negative. She lies about things and always brushes me off. I can't take it anymore. Things start to go good then she always knows how to ruin my day.
When I did complain before, they called me in and chewed me out.
My name is H.A . I am grateful and appreciative of the VLP. This program has given me hope for myself and survival from Mar 2013- present. Last year I lived in an abandoned house. After the lady I stayed with put me out because general assistance welfare checks were no longer issued. No adults could receive the 200$ a month, so with me having no income I was put out. I had no place to go because I am originally from North Carolina. I survived the wind and cold in the holy father and holy sons name I slowly fell into a deep depression. In March 2013 someone told me about VLP. I called and spoke to your diligent worker Dan. Dan told me to stay strong and get into the office ASAP. I never knew I could feel so cared about. He set me up with resolved for my mental health problems. Dan introduced me to Karen that day. She surely did have a caring attitude. The way she treated me was outstanding. I met Serena in May 2013 and she has upheld the great standards of excellence. Serena has kept me on track. This is why I am grateful to you, the program and your staff. I am glad I served 7 ½ years in the Army Reserves. And one year of being in my apartment, I would like to thank Dan, Karen and Serena.
Thanks so much VLP!!
As a Veteran sometimes its really hard to ask for assistance. You have shown me that you generally care for us Veterans and make it easier to ask. My water was threaten to be shut off and because of you and you advocating on my behalf, I was able to continue to have water. You have always taken care of me for the holidays with food and items. Without you, I don’t know where it would be.
To Ken and the VLP Staff,
Thank you so much for the help and support. It was a lifesaver. I would otherwise be homeless. It sincerely was amazing to not feel alone and the VLP staff really came through for me.
USMC / OIF Combat Veteran.
I am Alan Smith, one of the many veterans who participate in your program and am under the guidance of Jack Kudrav.
I would very much like to take a moment and thank each-and-every one of you for the time that you spend with us to get our lives restarted and/or restructured. For me, it is extremely valuable to share and learn about the many different yet similar experiences that my fellow veterans live with on a daily basis during our meetings.
When I first started with your program, it appeared as if things in my life were getting more into focus and things that were out of reach were getting closer to grasp. That was until recently when a situation occurred that looked like a derailment could be occurring. Words of wisdom are all it takes to put things back into perspective. That is what the VLP does for their clients on a daily occurrence.
I would also like to take a moment to extend my gratitude and make note that you have an exceptional member on your staff. His name is Jack Kudrav. Jack is a kind, caring, and sympathetic individual who always has a story of enlightenment when it is need the most. He will help you to be able to stand alone on your own two feet and cheer you on as you walk away gracefully.
So again, I extend my appreciation to the VLP and its staff. “Job Well Done,” “Keep Doing What You’re Doing”