Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children

Rating: 4.92 stars   158 reviews

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Location: 3573 S Waverly Rd Eaton Rapids MI 48827 USA

Mission: The VFW National Home for Children helps military and veteran families find stability and positive change during times of crisis.
Target demographics: military families, veteran families, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members and their descendents
Geographic areas served: nationwide
Programs: Families who need a fresh start can live in the safe and peaceful environment of the VFW National Home for Children campus community for up to four years and benefit from numerous community supports, including professional case management services, on-site licensed child care, life skills training, tutoring and other educational services, as well as recreational and community service opportunities. Recognizing that the effects of war can last for generations, the National Home's campus community is open to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans and descendants of members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. The National Home's Military and Veteran Family Helpline [800-313-4200] is the first step on the path to help for military and veteran families. This free service offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling families across the country. It can also serve as the first step to living at the National Home.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting the VFW National Home for Children since becoming a Ladies Auxiliary member in 1989. Coming from a military family and living close to an Army post, I see what the Home offers our military people when they really need that extra support. I visited the Home two years ago and was extremely impressed at the "village" atmosphere. I encourage others to support the Home.

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

I suppose there is always room to update things, but I'm not sure what, if anything, should be changed at this time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been suppoprting since 1960, it gives a great deal to the children who are alone, and unfortunate.
I visited the Michigan site, In eaton rapids while in Scouts, years ago, and was impressed with what i saw, and learned about the services provided to children

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so glad to be able to support the VFW National Home for Children. As a member of the auxiliary of Tonganoxie, Kansas Post 9271, I and the other members of the Post and Auxiliary support the Home on a regular basis. I was able to visit the home recently and tour the campus. It is wonderful place for our military families and their children especially who need help. It is beautiful campus and well kept. When I visited, I saw the children, with their backpacks, waiting on the school bus. They were happy and well cared for. There is also a playground and daycare for the younger children. Those children have opportunities that help them thoughout their lives.

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

encourage them to keep doing what they are doing.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The VFW National Home is a community for the children, widows and widowers of our service men and women who have died for our freedom. The grounds and homes are well kept providing a community environment. Children attend schools within the local school district and either go on to college, join the military or return to the National Home as counselors and house parents. When donations are requested for specific projects you always receive an update on the progress and completion.

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

Add an additional guest lodge to accommodate visitors.

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former VFW National Home resident, I didn't truly realize the impact that was made in my life and how many opportunities were given to me at the National Home until much later in life. Now, as an adult in my forties, with two children of my own, I now realize the enormous impact the VFW National Home had made in my life. The VFW National Home had given me a second chance at a life that I would not have experienced otherwise. The National Home had instilled in me the moral values that would be the foundation for my life as a husband, parent, and societal member. These values had also set the tone for me joining the United States Marine Corps and serving my Country proudly, even though I had been provided with a scholarship by the National Home. The National Home had also provided me with many opportunities to experience the world that I would not have previously had. For instance, the National Home had organized cross-country bicycle trips for as many as ten members to embark on a journey that would build up our self-confidence, comraderie, and fitness level. Still to this day, I continue to cycle on a regular basis and had recently completed my first ever DALMAC bike tour of 400 miles over a four day period. I had also gone back to college to be the first of nine children to receive a Bachelor's Degree. I am now seeing these same values being instilled in my two children, passed on by my wife and I because we highly value our faith, family, respect, education, and service to country. The VFW National Home had planted these seeds early in life that now bare much fruit in my own life, the lives of my children, and theirs to come.

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

None

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am impressed with the VFW national home, the children are well cared for as they grow up and are educated and well prepared to move forward to lead a happy and useful life.

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

nothing noted

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a life member of the VFW National Home for Children because there is no other organization that cares so much about the lives of the orphans and widows/widowers of America's heroes than this one. It provides for every aspect of American life and its experiences that these beneficiaries would likely not have or be able to afford. Aside from those organizations that provide for our wounded warriors returning home, I can think of no other organization equal to the VFW National Home for Children!

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

I would only try to make sure there were fewer orphans, widows and widowers that would have a need for their services...

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the VFW Auxiliary about 15 years ago. One of the first things I found out about was the VFW National Home for Children. I purchased a Life Membership as soon as I found out about it. My husband and I ride motorcycles and we have made several rides to collect items and toys for the children at the facility. My husband made 2 trips with the State Cmdr. of Texas to deliver the items and toys collected. I was so proud when Texas was able to adopt a home there and it was called the Texas House. I collect soda and beer tabs for them to help as a donation as well as I make donations when able to. I really feel that this facility is just one more way that we can help a veterans familiy in need and after they have done so much for us I feel we should do what ever we can to help them.

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

By my own choice, I do not know enough about their day to day operations to say that I would change anything.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of my local Auxiliary since the age of 16, I am now 63. I am a past officer and hold a life membership. I feel that anything we can do for our service people and their families and the veterans and their families is little enough for what they have given us in return. I include their families because they also serve by keeping the home fires burning so to speak. The VFW and its Auxiliary are and have been such a part of my family history with my Father and Mother both participating as much as possible during my growing up years. I will continue to support this organization for as long as it exists and in anyway I can. I find it to be worthwhile of my efforts and time because it works and helps so many people. Terry S.

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As VFW and Auxiliary members we all know how important our National home is. Those who don't just haven't been exposed to the facts. What better way to help the family of the veteran that gave us our freedom of today than supporting their families that National Home has taken in.
National Home gives the children a chance at life through education, protection, and love.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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