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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Words can not express how terrific the VFW National Home for Children is. This is a place where families who have experienced difficulties in their family. These can range from injuries, unexpected deaths, financial problems, familial problems and many other issues. Residing on campus for up to three years the families are expected to have gainful employment, receive consuling and training in money management, eduction, savings, communication, etc. The children are offered one on one tutoring, a computer lab, science center, nursary services for three different age groups at no cost to the family. Testimonials from former residents indicate that at the end of the three years on campus, their lives have been completely changes. Most have acquired enough savings to have a down payment to purchase their own home, have repaired credit issues, and have earned a college degree. There is much more to the VFW National Home for children, but the best evidence of how how long the staff members have served on campus. Many for over 25 years. It actually takes a personal visit to the VFW National Home for Children to understand how great it is.

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I am a grandmother and have had a grandson In Iraq two different times during this conflict. It was one of the most inspiring visits that I have had to be able to visit Eaton Rapids, Michigan and see for myself what great work is being done at the VFW National Home for Children. The openness of their acceptance of any military person and their families to help them get reestablished after being away from home and then cannot get a job or back on their feet is beyond anything I have seen in other groups. The respectful way those living there are treated and the great staff's ability to make then feel at home is something you need to see. Great job!! My vote is for this home to be given 5 stars for their achievement in helping those in need that have served in our military.

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I was able to travel to Michigan and tour the homes and meet some of those veterans and children They have done more good with the funds that they have received for their campus than any other organization that I am involved with. This is just like home. The housing is marvelous and the staffing is 100% effective in helping the veterans and their families. They utilize every penny that is contributed in each aspect of the campus. There is always more to be done and I would recommend this charity as a #1 on any contributors list of excellent charities to support.

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I'm a past Commander of the VFW and Past Grand Commander of the MOC State of Michigan. Everything the VFW National Home does with their children is commendable. The VFW National Home has been serving children and families in need since 1922 and I do everything I can you help them in raising money.

General Motors and the UAW have also helped. If you have any questions, log on to their website and see for your self. You can't go wrong donating to this charity.

PGC Bob Routhier Jr.

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I am a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children. I’m a Past VFW Commander of Clio, MI and now Sr. Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Cootie, Grand of Michigan. I have helped in anyway I can for all the Children of the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, MI over the years. I was working a few years back at the General Motors Proving Ground when GM made a rather large donation to the Home from their cars sales. I appreciate them for that and wrote them to let them know. I help with a Christmas Party every year for the 70 to 80 Children there and will look forward to that for years to come. It’s important what The VFW National Home for Children is about and the whole world should know about it. We at the MOC Grand of Michigan raise funds for them nationally every year. Hope everyone will contribute. Thanks, Bob R.

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Attending VFW Michigan Day in the Summer and Cootie Christmas in the winter.

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I summed it up with being a voluteer there myself. I believe it what they do.

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The Staff are all wonderful there.

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

Help build new homes to staff future needed Children.

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I am Commander of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the state of Illinois. It has been my pleasure to interact with the VFW National Home for Children on several ocassions. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Home with several dozen other VFW members from my state. Whatever I had known about the great work the Home does for children and families, it was reinforced on this visit. The residents are mostly families, single-parent, who collectively have about 120 children in residence, who are getting an opportunity to improve their lives through the help of the Home. The residents are set on a path of self-sustainability, through regular monitoring and evaluation, goal - setting, and activities tailored to their goals. The child care / nursery school was very impressive, with dedicated personnel. I have re-dedicated myself to do more with and for the jewel which is the VFW National Home for Children.

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The VFW National Home does a Great Job taking care of Children and Military Families ! It gives
us Veterans a way to Help Todays Military Family !!

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Having supported the VFW National Home for Children for years, I was honored to be present when the Arizona House was dedicated in 2002. Not only do our Arizona VFW Auxiliaries continue to support the National Home we also specifically donate to keep the Arizona House is top shape. The entire campus is well run and maintained to the highest level of our expectations and continues to meet the those expectations. Donations are used for their intended purpose and right now we are helping to bring the entire campus up to date with new computers. I have nothing but appreciation and admiration for the staff and volunteers at the National Home for everything that they do for veterans and their families to help them thrive. Children make great strides when they are in a place where they feel love and safe. That's what it's all about!

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The VFW National Home for Children serves as a living memorial to America’s veterans by helping our nation’s veteran and military families during difficult times.

The VFW National Home for Children was founded in 1925 as a place where the families left behind by war -- mothers and children, brothers and sisters -- could remain together, keeping the family circle intact even when their serviceman didn't come home.

Today's families face different challenges -- reintegration, post-traumatic stress, high unemployment and rehabilitation from battlefield injuries, among others -- and the National Home has evolved over our decades-long history to meet those changing needs.

Whether they help a family find strength and support close to home through their Helpline, or the families become part of their campus community, military and veteran families can count on the VFW National Home for Children to help them build better lives together.

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Our VFW & LAVFW in Blanchard, OK supported in 2012-2013 with several donations and some of our members became life members. I will be a life member soon!! We hope the new phone system has been installed and we purchased bricks to help them and to honor the namesake of our Post, Tony K Burris, Medal of Honor. Going there for a visit is on my bucket list.

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Our auxiliary buys a life membership for one of our members each year. It's a small way to help this great cause.
We also save soup labels to help them.

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