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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Veterans First is the only social service agency exclusively dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans, who, according to Department of Housing and Urban Development Statistics, comprise 38% of the Homeless Population. Veterans First has a sheltered workshop that exclusively employs both homeless and disabled veterans. We also provide clothing, food boxes and serve nourishing hot meals daily, year round. The homeless men and women we support suffer from physical, mental, emotional and/or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is sometimes manifested through drug or alcohol addiction. We offer a comprehensive program based on a traditional work ethic that is dedicated to end homelessness for those who have decided to change their lives. Veteran by veteran we are removing the homeless from the streets, eliminating their hunger and providing transitional housing in a home environment. Veterans First also provides the veterans with both employment and job training. Our five-year goal is to reduce to less than ten percent, the number of homeless veterans in Orange County, California.

Programs: To provide food, clothing, transportation, training and housing or housing reimbursements to disabled veterans.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Veterans First is very organized and keeps you updated on all information needed to volunteer for their events and other health, support, career assistance and family services they offer to Veterans.
I was very proud to be of service to those Veterans who have served our country and look forward to any assistance I can provide to those dedicated to our Veterans.
The appreciation from our Veterans that attended was an unforgetable experience and worth every minute being apart of this opportunity that I would have not been able to be a part of without the continued efforts Veterans First.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit is one of the only ones I've come across that deals specifically with Veterans and their families. I was impressed with how much they do: anywhere from housing to showers and food, employment, benefits, etc! Being here was exciting, busy, and rewarding! I loved it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Veterans First is an effective, viable and extremely dedicated grass-roots organization that has developed from a dream to an effective reality impacting the lives of challenged and vulnerable men and women who has served our county. As a volunteer at the 2011 and 2012 Orange County Stand Down events, I have witnessed outreach in the areas of medical and dental treatment, job placement assistance, legal aid referrals, social services, housing opportunities and most importantly, the establishing of on-going relationships between Veterans First and the veterans themselves in a manner that is dignified, respectful, helpful and filled with gratitude for each individual. As the word about this organization continues to get out among the vets, the benefits to many, including our communities, will grow by leaps and bounds.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Veterans first is an organization that helps veterans. As a Vet in business i had been looking for an organization that helps Vets so that I could give back to my brother and sister vets who need a helping hand.

For the past two years i have assisted in the OC Stand Down. What a worthwhile challenge.

Well organized and the feeling I got after the three days, was while i was tired, i felt we did something Great for our Vets who need a hand.

Veterans first I salute you.

John Hacker
Combat Veteran
US Army

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Veterans First sponsored the 2012 Orange County Stand Down in Costa Mesa in August. As a volunteer at this event it was reassuring to know that someone is working to help our veterans in need. 173 homeless veterans and 30 family members received services over the 3-day event that they would not otherwise have had access to. Many of our veterans are in need of help and through organizations like Veterans First our heroes have hope of turning their lives around and once again being self-sufficient. Get our veterans off the street and back on their feet.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Veterans First in Orange County, CA is a wonderful organization helping homeless veterans with services and housing. My family helped serve Thanksgiving Day again this as we have for the past 3 years. Every time we volunteer we are very pleased that the staff and clients are so appreciative for our help.