THE VETERANS SUPPORT ORGANIZATION

Rating: 3.34 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing

Location: 8358 W Oakland Park Blvd Suite 302 Sunrise FL 33351 USA

Mission: The Veterans Support Organization (VSO), which was founded in 2001, is a 501C3 non-profit charitable organization that helps homeless, needy, and disabled veterans in the areas surrounding our offices. The VSO currently operates in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. Donations collected are forwarded to the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services to support various programs offered to veterans such as recreational activities, the patient coffee program, and patient emergency needs, etc...
Programs: It is the mission of the VSO to further help and support the homeless, disabled and needy veteran population through various fundraising efforts. The more the organization grows the less of a threat homelessness and lack of resources to treat the needy is to our local veteran population
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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

veterans support organization is a great group if you see the facts you will be amazed.V.S.O has had an outside cetified public audit 2 years (2008-2009)and gave back 65% of every dollar raised to the veterans,and this is a fact.V.S.O has the largest homeless veteran transitional housing in broward county FL called Veterans new life haven,that houses 130 veterans,and is available to veterans nationwide.V.S.O also has a thrift store that is ran by only veterans from new life haven.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping veterans first hand,getting veterans off the streets to jobs,their own apartment,in 4-5 month it amazing

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching good people come on board for one reason ,to help veterans,and save lives.as a team we can do so much

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

focused,good hearted,positive,all have the same mission to help veterans in need

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save lives get veterans off the streets,build more veterans transitional housing,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was involved with them in FLA running a homeless sober shelter fof them. I have seen what they do. They save veterans lives.I have never seen another group do as much for the veterans lives they help. I do not understand all the 990 stuff, but I saw how they cared and saved over a dozens vets lives ready to kill themselves. What is the value of that?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Florida and New York.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give i.t a congressional charter

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They really change lives not just have dinners or open bar night at the clubhouse.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Honest, realistic and committed to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the number of homeless and unemployed vets in our cities.

Ways to make it better...

Other groups supportive of Veterans worked together instead of creating turf wars.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Other veterans groups nervous about how much this group gives back.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They did what they say they do, change veterans lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

This organization set up a table at a local grocery store to receive donations. I spent time researching their 990 tax return and spoke with the countywide Dept. of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans officers. The VA has no contact with the non-profit and they have not provided any service to any veterans or veterans organization that anyone is aware of. Their 990 shows they collected over 1 million dollars but only 90,000 actally went to veterans in need. The rest was for subcontractors, fundraising expenses and board member expenses. That is 9 cents on the dollar and unexceptable behavior for an agency who professes to help veterans.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reviewing their 990 tax return.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

actually help veterans in need with the funds that are donated.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

nothing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

acting as if they were veterans but I have my doubts about that. I believe they are paid subcontractors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

line the pockets of too many unworthy individuals.

Ways to make it better...

they spent donations on veterans.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the board members are just out to put money in their pockets.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this organization discredits non-profits that actally work to make a difference in the lives of veterans.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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