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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800-424-8360
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a life member of the VFW National Home for Children since 2002 when I joined the Ladies Auxiliary to Georgetown Memorial Post #6444 Veterans of Foreign Wars. I have conducted yearly Fundraisers for the National Home with the assistance of other Ladies Auxiliary Members. I feel very committed to helping children of Veterans and this is a great organization. I visited the Campus and was pleasantly surprise of the opportunities available for our Military children. I talk about the Children's Home at our regular monthly meetings and advise them to become Life Members, bring in their UPC labels from Campbells, Swanson, etc. The story behind the National is beautiful and I give the story every year at our training session. You are my special organization. Thank you for being there. Hugs to you..Vivian Segelken, Georgetown, SC

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children since 2001 and am a Life Member of the home. I continue to support it with monetary donations. This past year as the VFW Department of Maryland State Commander, I selected the home as one of my Special Projects. We raised in excess of twenty two thousand dollars for the home, but more importantly, we also added 112 new Life Members from the department. This is significant in that anyone, even a non Veteran, can become a Life Member of the National Home by making a one time donation of thirty fiver dollars. I have also visited the home on several occasions and am very impressed in the way it operates under the leadership of Patrice Green and the other employee's. It is a wonderful place for the children and families of our veterans to reside in the many houses that our VFW Departments have adopted and fund. The children attend school and are not only educated throughout their time living there, but also are involved in many worth projects that teach them the tools they will need to succeed in life. May God continue to bless our National Home, our veterans and their families for their service to our country.

Past State Commander, Carl F. Vogt
VFW Department of Maryland
20112 -2013

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

nationally publicize all the accomplishments the home has achieved in changing the lifes of its many residents during its existence. This is a role model home that has turned children's lifes around.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donate money to the National Home for Children with the confidence that my money will be used properly and with great pride that it is a VFW and Ladies Auxiliary project. We support this great "HOME" for the wonderful things they provide for our military members and their children.
Willo, Eufaula, OK

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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm a member of the VFW, as are all my motorcycle friends are - We are the VFWMGTX Unit #10. There are programs that support the Veterans in need of special help, like the Wounded Warrior Project and others, but there are those who are single parents and trauma hits.....what happens to the children? The National Home for Children is there to help them - God Bless Our National for Children!

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a life member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Cootie, it is our obligation to support the VFW National Home for Children. I with my comrades go to the Home for Ohio Day, Cootie Christmas, and Easter Treat where we stay on campus at the guest house. We always have a great time there with the kids and the hospitality is wonderful.

Clem Cwiklinski
PT 83 Seam Squirrel, VFW Post 3283, Huber Heights, OH.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Visiting the VFW National Home for Children was an awesome experience for both my husband and me. I found the staff to be friendly, knowledgeable, and place the children and their families as their #1 priority. They continually work hard to provide such a loving outlook on life. Thanks to Patrice Green, along with the entire staff, the families of our nation's heroes are able to overcome the hardships that come with being a soldier in time of war.

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I would not change anything. except, maybe move it closer to my home. I am proud to say that I am a member of the VFW National Home for Children.

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Positive, loving environment for children of soldiers deployed or facing hardships. The education and experiences there will be remembered and used their entire lives. It is exceptional! Everyone should take the opportunity to visit or learn more about this facility.

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

To get more people involved.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children since 1965 and continue to support it with monetary donations. I have visited the home on several occasions and am very impressed in the way it operates and with Patrice Green and the other employess guideance it is a wonderful place for the children and families of our veterans to reside. The children attend school and are not only educated throughout their time living there, but also are involved in many worth projects that teach them the tools they will need to succeed in life. May God continue to bless our veterans and their families for their service to our country.

bcroyston@aol.com

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I became a Life Member of the VFW National Home May of 1968 and have visited the Campus twice, both experiences were exciting and very informative. The work done for our veterans children is outstanding, educational and given with lots of love from all employees. I encourage all members and non members to visit the Home web site to learn what a wonderful life these families are given at our Home. In June of 2009 I was given the opportunity of representing the National Organization at the graduation ceremonies and was very impressed with senior class and their goals to further their education. They each spoke of their time spent at the Home and what it meant to them to remain living there as they attended college. I have supported our Home for Children for 42 years and will continue to do all I can to assist in any way I can. Betty Royston, Past Dept. President Dept. of Texas 90/91

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

Having seen our graduates further their life by entering military and giving back to the men and women who made this home for children of deceased or disabled veterans available to them. Some have become teachers, doctors, lawyers and many other careers.

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

At the present time I would like to see more about the home in the media, letting all know about the good work being done by our organization for the families of our veterans.

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

Their ability to find the most loving, caring and understanding staff to operate our Home. Patrice Green and her staff are doing a fantastic job.

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

Friendly, knowledgeable, loving and enjoy their jobs.

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

Continue to support and raise the children of our veterans who have made the supreme sacrifice for each of us and it is our responsibility to their families are taken care of.

Ways to make it better...

We were able to accomadate all the veterans children who have lost a parent and need a home

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

Funding for additional homes and education for the children.

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

I am extremely proud of the VFW National Home for Children and the care given by the dedicated staff led by Patrice Green.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited the National Home for Children and was so impressed with the dedicated staff. The children all seem to be happy, confident and well cared for. It is an honor to be a regular monthly donor. It is so easy to set up a monthly donation. No amount is too small. I encourage everyone to visit their website and if in Michigan to visit the National Home itself. It's one of the best things the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary do for our veterans and their families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I visited the VFW National Home when I was Jr Vice President. It is the most beautiful, caring and serene place. It is a wonderful and safe home for the children and families of our veterans. I've been making an automatic monthly donation for 3 years. Can't think of a more worthy cause. I was fortunate this year to visit when Santa delivered gifts to all of the children. What a great experience! I would recommend this home for even my grandchildren if it were necessary.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a combat service veteran and VFW Life Member, it is nice to know that in the event something tragic happens to me and my wife, there is a place where my child can go and be in a stable, caring and wholesome atmosphere like the VFW National Home for Children as opposed to becoming a ward of the state. This is a prime example of the expression "Veterans Helping Veterans".

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You don't change success.

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