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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800-424-8360
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great support for our military and families. The states all take part by building homes for the families then by taking care of the homes with donartions from the Posts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The homes and grounds of this facility represent the highest levels of workmanship and care that can be seen in American neighborhoods. Anyone would be proud to call this place home, and the staff has the deepest regard for making our guests comfortable. Our visits here are always very pleasant, with everyone using the most courteous hospitality.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The National Home is a great place who helps keep families together or helps children with no families
become productive and proud individuals within our Communities. These children have the opportunity to stay together as a unit and are given great changes to continue their education. Many have gone on to college and given back to the Home and our world by joining the military service (which is not a requirement) Other have gone on into the work force with confidence and pride for their Country.
This is an important Home where the need unfortunately is needed now even more than in the past with
so much going on in the world with the conflicts and economy where families can not always help and take on additional members as in the past. There are many VFW Comrades and Auxiliary Sisters who support this Home as well as the employees who work there that think of all the children as part of our
families and give them our love and thoughts throughout the years.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The VFW National Home for Children is a God send. The way they truly care for the families of Veterans, especially the children, is amazing. I recently visited their campus and was blown away how they offer so much on what they receive. The residents are happy and secure with this environment.

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1 person found this review helpful

The VFW National Home for Children is an outstanding non-profit organization. I have heard many stories of veterans who have come home from military service overseas, have lost jobs and are suffering from PTSD. They cannot take care of their children for this reason or because spouses have left them while they were serving and cannot make ends meet when they get home. The VFW National Home for Children has been there to help many veterans in situations such as this. The children thrive at the National Home and the parent is able to get back on their feet and realize what a service they have performed for our county and what a tremendous service they still have to contribute to our world! This non-profit organization does not allow any veteran to be left behind and this, in itself, is worthy of an outstanding rating for a non-profit organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our VFW Post conducts an annual fundraising weekend to support the Tennessee home on the Eaton Rapids campus. We feel that is an important outreach program to veterans and survivors. A visit to the campus only reinforced that.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am extremely impressed by the VFW National Home for Children and its comfort to our military and their dependents. I was blessed by a visit during a day trip from Indianapolis. I am proud that our post in Memphis saw fit to change its beneficiary of our annual fundraiser from a local hospital for children to the Tennessee House at the Home.

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

Change nothing. Though it is great to visit with the staff, It is exciting to hear what has become of the "graduates" of the program.

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

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and I feel the National Home for Children is a wonderful program. Our children are the hope of the future and the love and care provided can only nurture future good citizens. Not only are children provided care but also single parents are provided a home in need and helped to be able to create a stable family life. A Lifeline is available for those veterans and families under stress and they receive information where to receive help and aid.

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

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our Auxiliary donates to the VFW Naaaational Home for Children because it provides a refuge for orphaned children, single parents and for returning veterans who need assistanc in housinge. Also, a helpline is maintained to aid and comfort those with problems.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been both my Auxiliary and District Chairman for National Home many years, the last 2 under the Veterans and Family program.
I feel it is so important to care for and nurture our children and I feel National Home is doing a good job especially now that families are included in the program. What better way to keep a family intact during hard times? My Auxiliary donates funds whenever a need is made known.
At every meeting we have a penny march and the funds collected are sent yearly for a special treat for the children

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary since 1994, and became very active in the many programs, my first visit to the National home was in 1994 on Ohio Day and every year after has been fantastic I remember going to the nursery the first time and fell in love with the place, the Ohio House is really nice and the great improvements at the National Home over the years have been great, the way the families and children are taken care of by all the staffshows they really care for all that live there, the programs they can get involved in like 4-H and scouts is great. I am always promoting National Home and telling every one that they need to visit to see the good that is being done for the Veterans children and the Veterans or the single families. I am a Life Member of the National Home and I send donations and other items to the National Home. "God Bless our Veterans and God Bless America." It is great to see all the organizations that can support the National Home without any goverment help.

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

get more people involved, most people have never heard of the National Home and are very surprised when you explain to them what goes on there and all the good that is done there for our Veterans and the Families of the Veterans.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The VFW National Home is a wonderful "campus" of homes for single parent families, children without partents, famileis of a deployed servicemember. The family friendly environment encourcourages volunteering and continuing education. There is a museum to provide historical relevance for the 80 plus years it has provided homes not just way stations for youngsters. They also provide a free help line to link people to those who can help them.

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

Be sure that people understood what a great job the staff does.

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?

Some

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?

2013

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6 people found this review helpful

As state chairman it was may honor to work with the staff of the VFW National Home for Children setting up Ohio Day. They made my job SO easy, I will be back again this year. Their number one priority is the children. They ensure their safety and well-being every day. The support from the local VFW to make our visit special is very much appreciated. The local policeforces enable us to have a caravan of well over 100 vehicles complete the trip safely. The families living at the home have made me feel welcome from my first visit in 1985 a great one. See you July 31!

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

make more homes available to families of veterans and active duty military.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow, what a wonderful, peaceful place for children and the their families to become whole again. The best thing that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary could do for a Veteran. The staff will even reach out and care for families in need all across the Nation when called on to do so. Money spent here is well invested in children who need the care.

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?

2013

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