Veterans Of Foreign Wars National Home For Children

Rating: 4.92 stars   158 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, Seniors, Veterans

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 am a member of the Ladies Auxiiary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We have a program for this organization. We have events to raise money for donations to this wonderful place. I recently had the opportunity to take a tour of the facility. It's beautiful! Each home is sponsored by a state VFW or Cootie. The staff are some of the nicest, most helpful people I've ever met. We, the Dept of Kentucky VFW, sponsored the Fishing Derby this year for the children. We fished, had a cookout and provided prizes. Some of the patients from two of the local VA hospitals were brought in to share in the day's event. The Home provides shelter, clothing, food and training for military families accross the country who have fallen on hard times, either through the deployment or loss of their military spouse, or, when both parents have been deployed or lost and there are no other family to help. The children go to school and are taken care of until they are 18. Then, the Home pays for their college. Our military has given and continues to give and pay the ultimate price for our country. This VFW National Home for Children is just one of the ways we can give back.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a friend that needed help. She contacted the VFW National Home. All she Braged about was how they gave her the help she needed and she would recomend other Military families that needed help too!

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?

2006

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Life Member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children.
I have been "in love" with National Home since my first visit there in 1992. I served as National Home Chairman for my auxiliary for several years.
As a member of the Women's Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie, I have enjoyed many Cootie Christmas Parties with "Our Kids" and spent time visiting with many of the families.
It is important to know that the National Home does not receive any money from the federal government or the State of Michigan.
For many years, the Home was funded solely by donations from VFW Posts, Ladies Auxiliary units, Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tents and Women's Auxiliary to Military Order of the Cootie groups.
In the past several years, we have been fortunate to receive donations from individuals, corporations and other groups.
The children and families that live at our Home, with the exception of the children of deployed troops, are the children and grandchildren of members of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary -- as is stated in the eligibility requirements.
Many families are on a three year program to learn: financial responsibility, parenting skills and home management skills.
Our Veteran Families have a safety net while undergoing physical therapy and job training.
I am honored to be able to help with the goals of "Honoring The Dead, By Helping The Living."

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

I've watched many of the kids grow and prosper while living at the Home.

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

Years ago, in the the eraly 2000s, there was discussion of also making accomodations available for senior veterans & spouses. The campus is 629 acres and there is plenty of space -- the plan was put on the back burner when the financial picture took a down turn -- I'd like to see this brought back under discussion.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

Here's the real truth: They may help a lot of people, but they have been maintaining a facade. Most residents have loose connections to the VFW; the military families are virtually nonexistant. For more information, contact the VFW National Home Post, Attn: Post Adjutant, PO Box 36, Onondaga, MI 49264.

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

our post. We happen to be the National Home Post and have a lot of insight.

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

Drop the facade. Not many residents are from outside of Eaton Rapids, let alone out-of-state. It is really a home for Michigan single mothers (as if they don't already have a lot of state aid).

 
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mktdevteam (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for your review. Families qualify to live at the National Home in three ways: 1) military families or children during deployment; 2) veteran families while the veteran completes VA Vocational Rehabilitation; 3) single-parent families or residential children whose parent, grandparent or great-grandparent is a VFW or Ladies Auxiliary member in good standing (or was at the time of his or her passing). If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 800.424.8360.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

AS CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN AT LAVFW POST #4149, IN MIDLAND, TEXAS, I AM SO PROUD TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY OF HELPING OUR MILITARY IN A MOST SATISFYING WAY. ALTHOUGH I'VE NEVER VISITED THE NATIONAL HOME, THE CHILDREN AT THE NATIONAL HOME SEEM LIKE MY EXTENDED 'FAMILY OF GRANDCHILDREN'. WHEN OUR LADIES AUXILIARY GROUP, ALONG WITH OUR JUNIOR GIRLS GROUP, GOT TOGETHER IN DECEMBER TO MAKE SCARVES FOR ALL THE CHILDREN AT THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE WE WERE MAKING THEM FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN! ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT WAS THE SMILES ON ALL THE CHILDRENS FACES WHEN THEY SAW THEM. I REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN, AS I CAN PICTURE MY OWN DAUGHTER & GRANDDAUGHTER IN THE SAME SITUATION AS MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE RIGHT NOW. DADDY IS DEPLOYED, MOM & DAUGHTER ARE FAR AWAY FROM FAMILY. FORTUNATELY, ALL IS WELL WITH THEM. BUT, IT COULD VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT SITUATION.. & IT DOES MY HEART GOOD TO KNOW THERE IS A VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN THEY COULD HAVE TURNED TO HAD THE NEED BEEN THERE. DOING ALL WE CAN DO TO HELP SUPPORT THE NATIONAL HOME, AS WELL AS SPREADING THE WORD THAT IT EXISTS, IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT OF OUR LADIES AUXILIARY, AS WELL AS OUR POST. EVEN OUR NEW JUNIOR GIRLS AUXILIARY HAS JUMPED RIGHT IN & PUT THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN AS ONE OF IT'S FIRST PROJECTS BY MAKING ACTIVITY BOOKS FOR THE CHILDREN. IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SAY, THE VFW NATIONAL CHILDRENS HOME, IS THE MOST AMAZING PROJECT I'VE EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN. IT FILLS A MUCH NEEDED GAP IN THE LIVES OF OUR MILITARY, & I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF THAT.

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

KNOWING BIG THINGS CAN HAPPEN WHEN ALL THE LITTLE PARTS COME TOGETHER. THE NEW BUS ACQUIRED FOR THE NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF THIS. OUR LADIES AUXILIARY IS PROUD TO BE ONE OF THOSE SMALL, BUT IMPORTANT, PARTS.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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 have served as VFW National Home chairman at my Ladies Auxiliary for several years. We have collected Campbell labels, now UPC codes to send to the National Home. 1.5 million UPCs will help the Home to aquire a seven passenger mini-van. In the pat few years they have aquired 3 mini-vans and are now working for #4. I have visited the Home many times -- it is an amazing site. Thirty-six single family homes and two new duplexes. The Home receives NO Federal or State money, but is funded solely by donations from VFW Posts & Ladies Auxiliaries, Departments (states) and Military Order of the Cootie, MOC Women's Auxiliary, private citizens and corporations.

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

Hearing the feedback from people who lived there for several years and how it impacted their lives. I especially like the fact that recently returning veterans and their families can find a "safety net" at the Home while they are rehabing or transition

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

I joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Veterans Organization in 1965 at post 3822 in Panama Canal Zone. There was a collection taken of your loose change at each Membership Meeting and at the end of each month the Quartermaster would bundle the months money and send it to our VFW National Home. I was the Virginia VFW National Home for Children Chairman for 6 years and made 4 trips to the home located on a section of land outside Eaton Rapids, Michigan. The children of our National Home need us to support them financially and physically as some of them do not have biologic mothers and fathers still living so we are their mothers and fathers. The staff of our national Home for Children do a fantastic job of taking of the children through their expertise and loving care. WJ Leonard post 7327 Virginia

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

Contributing financially on a regular monthly basis and visiting the National Home for the annual life member meeting and getting to see and associate with the staff.

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

very professional and totally friendly

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

do more construction and have room for more children who are on a waiting list

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

Aloha from Hawaii, I have been a volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veteran of Foreign Wars for nearly 20 yrs. and throughout those years I have been involved as Auxiliary Chairman for National Home for Children as well as just volunteering in fundraising for this purpose. Our Children and Families are special to us. We collect UPC Codes from Campbell Soup Labels as well as Prego Labels to help towards their education. We donated monetary gift for their 85th Birthday to help purchase a Mini Bus along with a Birthday Card. We donated to the Children's Christmas funds so they would have something to enjoy at Christmas time. Hawaii and Alaska also sponsors a home there and make sure that the maintenance cost is solid, by contributing to the finance of these homes. When I first saw these children and families at my very first National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah few years ago, I knew then, that all our efforts all worthwhile!! I am now our Department President for our Ladies Auxiliary and I continue to encourage our Ladies to contribute to this worthy cause and they have been doing a great job even in this most difficult times..I am so Proud of them and "We Believe" in what we are doing and continue to do. Paula Kalanikau, LAVFW Dept. Pres. Hawaii

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

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

The most I have enjoyed in this Organization is seeing the Happiness in the Children and Families faces.

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

Awesome!!

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

Probably take care of more children and families that are still needing help especially with all the new troops and young families that needs help. More housing too.

Ways to make it better...

I had known more about it before however, no regrets as I have felt we have been making a difference.

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

IN this time of the tough economy I'd say finances.

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

Never Give Up!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

The children of our soldiers; our future defenders, heroes and OUR FUTURE! Need I say more? God bless them and their parents, Gerald McNutt VFW Post 10887 Broken Arrow, OK

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

I am proud to be an American and proud to support those and their families that keep our country safe. I know that EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY there is a soldier somewhere putting their life on the line to keep us safe and free. They are all heroes to me!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

I have been the Chairman of the VFW National Home for Chilren for the Lake Texoma Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7873 in Pottsboro, TX for the past 5 years. Although I have never visited the National Home in person, I feel like I know what it is, and what is does by visiting the very informative web site they have. Even though a small Auxiliary, we are proud to contribute to the National Home financially, as well as collecting and mailing UPC codes from Campbell Products to the National Home. (Those UPC codes are redeemed by Campbells under their labels for education program.) We let the children know we care about each of them by sending a birthday card to the children celebrating birthdays that month. What continues to inspire me is the fact that the VFW National Home receive NO federal funding, but is supported solely by contributions from private individuals and organizations. I am proud to be a Life Member of this organization

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

learning about it. The VFW National Home for Children makes a difference in children's lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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