i have been a Craft Care Specialist with HHV for almost five years. I am so grateful for this job and the work that I do. Every day when I go to work I know that the day will offer me an opportunity to help a Veteran who has served our country. Everyday I go to work someone expresseses their gratitude for the therapudic craft kits that they receive. Everyday I hear stories of how these kits help strengthen the Veterans confidence or peace of mind, or just simply makes them feel better. It is a wonderful organization, which serves our Verteran community in a unique way.
I am a Recreation Therapist at the California Veterans Home. We get at least 2 shipments per year of craft kits from HHV. Our residents really enjoy all of the kits that come to the Home. We have bird houses and bird feeders throughout the facility. We have the healthiest birds in the San Joaquin Valley due to your craft kits. We have several gentleman who wait for us to bring out new stuff so they can be the first ones to get them done. Both male and female veterans really enjoyed making the bracelets were very impressed with the variety and the quality of the supplies available for these projects. Our HHV Rep Heather Ritchie is a favorite person at our facility. They are very upset if she is not in her spot on Tuesdays Mornings so that they can their weekly project to complete. Thank You Very Much for your support of our Veterans and those that make these wonderful craft kits. They are loved and enjoyed by all levels of care here at our facility in Fresno California.
I am a Vietnam veteran that has been doing Heal Vets arts and crafts for the past 12 years. I enjoy making the craft kits and socializing with other veterans while making the craft kits. The atmosphere is peaceful and the Heal Vet staff and volunteers are pleasant and helpful. I will continue to look forward to attending Arts and Crafts groups, it is very good for my well being and helps with my social skills.
My father spent the spring in a rehab center recovering from a very bad accident. He was offered a leather pouch kit by the staff and was absolutely delighted to have something to do while he was confined to his bed. He ended up making a pouch, a wallet, and a wood clock. I feel like the kits really helped pass the time for him and prevented him from being so bored and depressed. He was so happy to have little gifts to present to visitors to the rehab center. Our whole family feels grateful for the kindness and thoughtfulness that led to someone coming up with such a clever idea to donate craft projects to veterans.
As a Veteran with PTSD, The Arts and Craft kits provide numerous hours of relaxing, creative stimulation. They keep me busy, out of trouble, and are a great grounding technique working with my hands to create. Thank you HHV for you're Service to us Vets!
I cannot thank you enough for this store!! I've been working on these projects for a few years. Very helpful. This non profit is exemplary and helpful. Never met better staff.
Linda served in the Air Force 1978-1992. She was stationed at England Airforce base in Louisiana , Kwang Ju Air station in South Korea, returned to Louisiana. then to West Germany Lindsey Air station and then back to USA, Griffith Airforce Base in New York. Linda Bishop has been living in the Grand Junction since 1992. Linda got her first kit in 1994 while she was at an appointment at the VA Hospital. Linda passed by the craft room and was curious as what was going on. She inquired and selected her first craft kit. Linda has been involved in crafting ever since then. Linda credits her expanded crafting to Help Heal Veterans. She has had the opportunity to put together many of the kits and says it helps her dexterity and keeping her spirits up. She likes to have a craft to look forward putting together. Linda has developed relationships with other Veterans and looks forward to coming into to the store and seeing her peers. Linda states that through HHV she has become more outgoing and has become involved in many community groups.
Ernest has been coming to Help Heal Veterans here in Grand Junction since 2006. He reports that he gets distracted from his physical pain by doing the crafts. In 2006 he had sciatic nerve surgery and experiences pain every day. Help Heal Veterans has helped him retrain his brain and keeps him occupied and busy and off the prescription medications. Ernest has been involved in volunteering here at the HHV and recently he has dedicated himself to a permanent shift every week. Ernest has been involved in teaching other Veterans some of the skills needed to complete the leather crafts. Ernest reports that without HHV he would have very little to occupy his time. He looks forward to assisting in clinics at nursing homes and assisted living through our outreach efforts. Ernest is attempting to organize and locate a space to gather with other Veterans to assemble and create the therapeutic craft kits.
I am not very skilled at this computer operations, but I would take this moment to inform you how very important these different craft kits are to me personally. I have had over 40 different surgeries over the years and working on these projects help me to deal with the pain as I heal. I started doing leather crafts at the age of nine but due to injuries to my hands and eyes and rheumatoid arthritis, completing leather projects became very difficult. Although I have these difficulties, the projects I receive from this organization have been easy and enjoyable to complete. Friends and family benefit when they get a new wallet, purse, clock; etc.
Cindy is a Navy Veteran that served from 1986-1988.She was stationed in Virginia. Cindy enjoys doing the craft kits that Help Heal Veterans provides her. She has been doing crafts kits for the past two years. Cindy has completed several baskets recently. Cindy reports that doing the crafts kit helps her with her eye hand coordination. She enjoys the crafts kits so much and displays all her finished projects in her cabinet at home.
HELP HEAL VETERANS is an amazing organization with awesome staff like Rose in Chicago, who is genuine and passionate about veterans and their wellness! It was an honor to also meet the Board of Directors when they toured Chicago. Each of them were very devoted to the work of Help Heal Veterans and that is significant to veterans that they encounter.
It means a lot to me because all of them were not veterans and as a Vietnam Era Army Veteran, I think it is important to also recognize and salute those who have a caring heart to volunteer their time and resources and who have an understanding of the veterans who need us the most. I also loved doing the purse craft. It allowed me the time I needed to just be still and focus on one thing! It was truly therapeutic and self care for me.
As the President and Founder of the National Women Veterans United (NWVU), we are thankful to Help Heal Veterans for providing the crafts that we offer to the military women veterans who we serve. Most of these women are homeless, at risk or in need of peer support. Our military women veteran members also take advantage of the crafts and even involved our adopted Girl Scout troop to help us. It was great getting the military branch crafts also in which we use for decorations in the Women Veteran's Center. THANK YOU HELP HEAL VETERANS!
I'm a veteran. I visit the store in Maywood Il. Manager Rose , Dave and the crew always treat me nice and welcome others with a smile and help us with projects and kits. They are very helpful with know how and service. Thank God their work and kindness. The kits help me to stay focused and relaxed when I'm putting them together. Thank God for Help Heal Veterans organization.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to HHV. Especially thanks to the Maywood Illinois HHV facility employees. They have been a huge help with the therapeutic kits. The therapeutic kits are perfectly named, they provide us with pure therapy while we put them together.
HHV has made an immense impact on my life. The organization and staff introduced me to the world of crafts when I began to be treated for PTSD and alcohol dependency. Making the crafts they gave me has become a grounding technique for me that I use to help me stay sober and to help manage my PTSD. It helps me detach from emotional pain, cravings, anger, anxiety, sadness, hyper-vigilance, etc. It allows me to focus on the task at hand rather than inward. It's a way for me to get centered. More than a few of my fellow veterans have voiced similar opinions. As soon as I complete this I will begin my next craft! HHV, Thank you very much.
Kind and very caring of our Vets and helpful as possible
What a great service....more local advertising could be used....and a wonderful program
HHV is excellent job in the area of giving me the opportunity to be social and pursue activities with art, thank you.
Doing great in including all veterans in art activities. Great place to learn, do and visit. Awesome therapy to be able to immerse in classes or get help with your own project. I am so glad someone told me of this place.
Mr. Cooper is an invaluable part of the recreational therapy that keeps the hands and minds of our 120 veteran residents buzy. He is very patient and our redidents that he serves look forward to his every visit. We are blessed to have the services of Heal Vets. The craft kits they provide are very nice and really help to keep our veterans occupied and entertained. This is a great organization
For almost 5 years I have been going to HHV and it was through them that I learned that I was an artist. Rose and Mia convinced me that I not only built things, I am a woodworker before but that I could use the kits and see more than the simple kit by combining the things and adding my own twist.
I have used the kits as inspiration for many projects that many say are both unique and beautiful, and have won awards at the VA Art Fairs.
I have for 4 years now been a volunteer at both the Berwyn, and the Maywood CBC. and Look forward to going in to help my fellow veterans do many various things as we hold craft workshops every month and I am considered somewhat of the expert on woodworking and Model making.
These sessions bring a sense of accomplishment to me to help veterans some of whom I do not know start or finish or just lend a spare hand or ear to make there day a little brighter.
So if you are looking for a place that makes a difference in the Lives of the veterans community stop looking this is it. And thanks Mia and Rose for showing me that even though I can NOT draw a straight line with a ruler I can be an artist.
I the photos below are of things that I built.
The first is a tribute to the Maywood CBC when we moved from Berwyn, it is a sign-in and photo board that my neighbor who also volunteers and I built of Oak. The clock you see is based upon 1 of the kits available at Help Heal Vets but is completely Handmade of oak and embellished with the seals of the branches of service, it has a Westminster chiming movement. The three soldiers statue is just Painted in many colors and it takes on a life of it"s own. I have completed a few of these for a few Veterans and there are no 2 that the colors look the same just whatever I feel at that minute, I use as many as 8-9 different shades of green to give the uniforms a sense of having been worn in the NAM. The last photo is one of the first true artistic pieces I did I combined 2 different kits that I modified to make what you se an Eagle in a Tray that Hangs on my wall.
A very worthy organization with an extraordinary mission to help our vets through the use of crafts.