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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: At Patriots and Paws our passion is to help those who have served their country and now are in need of help. We provide our veterans with home furnishings through the donations of others. We also provide them with a rescued companionship animal.

Results: In 2012 helped over 225 families, in 2013 we helped over 500 families in 2014 , 954 families and in 2015 we helped 1006 families. Our goal for 2016 is 1250 families. At Patriots and Paws we count on our Volunteers, because we are an ALL Volunteer organization. In 2015, we put in almost 17,000.00 volunteer hours. We did 956 pick ups of donated goods from the community. This doesn't include those who dropped off items. This doesn't include the families we provided Holiday dinner bags to, or those at the OC Stand Down that we provided, underwear, socks, t-shirts, sports bras, or yesterdays event with The Vet Hunters Project in Santa Ana all the clothes that was donated. Nor does it include those who through our Partnership with WAGS ~ Westminster Adoption Group and Services, who were able to adopt a companionship animal or those who come on Saturdays for training with 4 Paws 4 Patriots Service Dogs for Veterans who we have also partnered with or even Canine Intelligence Academy who we have partnered with. We can't forget the Christmas presents that were given to us to give away and the support of Volunteers for Veterans Foundation/Veterans Car Show and so many others.

Target demographics: Veterans/Active duty service members and Reserves, and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1006 families of Veterans, Active Military, Reservists throughout So. California.

Geographic areas served: We have served Veterans and their families in the Southern California area from San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties

Programs: Provisions for Patriots, where we provide home furnishings like beds, couches, dining room tables, dishes, pots and pans and other basics to create there home. We will also unite them with a companionship animal that is fixed, current on shots and micro chipped all for FREE.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Zachary4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a homeless female veteran that lost everything I owned in a storage unit. I had nothing! But when the VA finally settled the Pension portion of my disability claim, I was able to finally afford to get my own place after living in a series of rooms with some very undesirable roommates. However, I did not have any furniture or houseware to make a real "home."
I was referred to 'Patriots and Paws' and while I had to wait until my name came up, I did not have a very long wait. When I was called and told to come in and pick out my furniture, I was very relieved and happy! When I did come in, the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. They assisted me to pick out what I needed and often asked to make sure that I did not need anything else. They made the whole experience very enjoyable. I received everything I needed and more. 'Patriots and Paws' also assisted me in getting my new Service Dog from WAGS at no cost to me, as well as assist me in training my Service Dog.
I will highly recommend 'Patriots and Paws' to every veteran that I know that needs furniture or assistance in helping to locate a Service Dog or a Companion Animal. The staff is all volunteers, and for the most part, they are all veterans! They are professional, friendly, caring and very accommodating. I would also highly encourage businesses and private donors to donate to this great nonprofit because 100% of what they do are done to the betterment of our veterans! God bless 'Patriots and Paws.'

6 MaxS

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a Navy Veteran, served on the US Kittyhawk, I was surprised to learn about Patriots and Paws - Fountain Valley. The Director Penny, is very patriotic and supportive to the needs of all veterans. I was given a few donated items that relieved my stress, since I am unemployed at the moment and have not received any money from UI for quite some time now. My moral and outlook to the future have been lifted by this simple gesture. I truly appreciate all who donate and for Penny and her cause.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My roomate and I are both veterans, we just moved into an apt and didnt have furniture. Patriots and Paws gave us alot of help. Its a great organization which supports local vets. highly reccomended

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patriots and Paws is a true godsend for us veterans. My husband and I were homeless for many years, and received our VASH/Section 8 voucher. Penny was so helpful in getting us the furniture and household appliances we needed to make this house a home, and at no cost to us. We appreciate this organization for all of the help they've given us, and every one of our comrades who have contacted them. God Bless Patriots and Paws

5 Susan228

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of Patriots and Paws from a social worker at the VA. This is truly a grass root organization that has no agenda other than helping veterans and service members. I was in need of a couple items. I was allowed to look through boxes and storage units.

There was no limitation on what I could have other then just a need. My sons drove me to the place Patriots and Paws are currently at. My sons especially my youngest enjoyed being there more then any of us. There were many small items that he was thrilled with especially a new pair of work gloves.

I went back to my place to make it a better home for my sons and me. The couch, we picked up needed a little work. My youngest gave it a good scrubbing. I couldn't believe it was the same couch. My son is very proud of "his" couch. I am very proud to be a veteran and mom. Most 18 year old boys wouldn't want a "handy down." My son is glad it save us money so we could use the money saved to care for us.

Penny emails me on occasion when she gets to things that I have on my wish list. I can't often make the scheduled time because of transportation. Penny is awesome in what she has set out to do and that is to help veterans, service members and their families.

Please make a donation; volunteer or contact if you can help or need help. I love that the organization provides a four legged friend if you are in need. My son has a cat and Patriots and Paws were able to give him litter which was a true blessing.

Just knowing that total strangers have come together to help us is pretty awesome. It is extremely hard to live in the streets because people look at you like you are trash. Places like P&P helps with self esteem by unconditional kindness. Keep up the great work.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a service connected vet who was homeless for two years. I finally got transitional housing. Now I needed furniture and household appliances. I contacted Patriots and Paws and before long I had all I needed 100% free. They really do help vets as they say.

4 Corey7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. Me and my wife recently moved into an appartment and had only our previous bed and kitchen appliances. We contacted Patriots and Paws and informed them that we were in need of a living room sofa . within a days time we received and email and follow up phone call and was given the address were we could pick up the item . Wonderful people and a great cause ! Thank you so much !

4 David-Nicola G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patriots and Paws is a blessing to us homeless Veterans. We receiving a VASH housing voucher, but then have no means as we are just getting back on our feet. My husband and I have taken a disabled, senior Veteran to Patriots and Paws, and they fully furnished his apartment with beautiful couches, a bed, dressers, dining table and entertainment center. And, Penny even gave us a few odd things that made our kitchen complete.
We have many friends who have used Patriots and Paws and are treated with kindness and respect. Patriots and Paws is an organization that truly shows their love for us Veterans.
I also commend Patriots and Paws for recognizing the importance that a service/therapy dog has in a Veterans life, especially for us suffering from PTSD. For them to offer that service is unique in itself.

2 Ryan26

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just learned of Patriots and Paws through other veterans that I work with. They are genuinely concerned with helping veterans and have a deep passion. They also help with networking veterans together. Thanks much!!!

3 Desirae M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We learned of Patriots and Paws through another military family that they helped. They have a genuine passion for helping the military and their families that is awe inspiring. Those who work for and with Patriots and Paws understand the difficulties many military families face and want to help in whatever way they can. The organization and its affiliates actively work to provide not just the necessities but simple luxuries that families would otherwise go without. When I contacted Penny she was caring, friendly and eager to help however she could. When we arrived to the location it was obvious her work came straight from her heart. She helped us to get bookshelves, a desk, a refrigerator, and furniture for our son’s room. She was even able to get us patio furniture, something I had dreamed of owning since moving to California, but would never have been able to get on our own. Their generosity has touched the lives of my family as well as the lives of many I know. I am eternally grateful for all they do. Patriots and Paws is a true Godsend.