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Liberty Manor for Veterans Inc

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Mission: The mission of Liberty Manor is to promote the developmental and social needs of disabled, honorably discharged veterans who have fallen victim to homelessness providing transitional, supported housing and establishing objectives designed to attribute to self-sufficiency.

Results: Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero 2017 Business of the Year Finalist Chamber of Commerce Florida State Senate Proclamation Hillsborough County Sherriff Office Community Award City of Tampa Mayors Alliance Volunteer Award Hillsborough County Veterans Council Spirit Award Bay News 9 Community Hero Am Vets National Americanism Award Elks National Veterans Service Commission Freedom Award WEDU Judges Choice Category Finalist Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs Who's Who in Executives and Businesses and Who’s Who of American Women International Women's Leadership Association The Business Journals - Biz Women on the Move Women-N-Charge 2011, 2015, 2016 Tampa Bay Buccaneer Community Quarterback Award Winner Board Member Patriotic Instructor VFW Auxiliary American Legion Auxiliary Second VP Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce James Haley & Bay Pines Veterans Advocacy Council Operation Enduring Gratitude Board Member Hillsborough County Homeless Coalition Board Member/General Member Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs Arthur Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist - INC. Magazine Alumni Member - Gamma Beta Phi Society

Target demographics: Honorably Discharged Homeless and Disabled Veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50 Honorably Discharged Veterans

Geographic areas served: Tampa

Programs: Quality housing to homeless and disabled veterans

Community Stories

37 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am not a veteran of the armed forces. However, I had family members that served. I was a resident of Liberty Manor in 2018 after being homeless after a hospitalization in Tampa for a mental health disorder. Liberty Manor was a well run shelter for me. I was approved for Social Security Disability and could transition back into the community. I made friends with my fellow residents and wish them all well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Liberty Manor accepted me with open arms and I am glad they did. I am a veteran Marine Corp and was confused about where to go. The services extended far beyond housing. I received a scooter, clothing, food and much more. Thank all of you who made this program available.

Al Johnson II
USMC

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about this organization. They have done so much to decrease the homeless veteran population. Connie says, homeless and veteran should never be in the same sentence and I agree! Continue your good work!
G. Bennett - USMC

Davidd Allan L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find it very rewarding to work with this organization as a volunteer. My father was an Air Force veteran therefore...I try to make a contribution by giving my talent back to veterans who have already provided me with a service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to volunteer with Liberty Manor for Veterans for the past 2 years. It is so rewarding to see those in need, especially previously homeless veterans, flourish with the help of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a resident of Liberty Manor for 10 months and found refuge here since being in a homeless situation in 2017. The landlords Connie Lindsay and David Lindsay have been very supportive and make me feel like part of their extended family. Their hard work and dedication is much appreciated around the house. Liberty Manor is set up for homeless veterans. I feel fortunate to be accepted at Liberty Manor as a civilian. Thank you Connie and David. You are both awesome.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,
My name is David( Wolf) Peacock I've lived at liberty manor for 9yrs I have no family
so this is home for me. Connie goes above and beyond to make this a home she is always
making impovements to better the house. She has a great heart. This is home for me.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I’v Been at Liberty Manor For Veterans for a long while now. It’s one of the best places to live. The management is always available and willing to help take care of any issues and listen to the you if you just want to talk.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been here with liberty manor for 25 months and have enjoyed every bit of my stay.
Everyone here takes there time and look out for you and take care of you. the peoples here are good people here

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Client Served

Rating: 5


I am a retired Veteran of 25 years in the U.S. Army. I recently became involved in a financial hardship with no where or no one to turn to for support. I read about Liberty Manor in the paper and called Mrs. Connie, she has been Awesome in providing me with support and assisting me in getting back on my feet. Mrs Connie provided me emergency housing at Liberty Manor the same day I informed her of my situation, at Liberty Manor Veterans are appreciated and treated with dignity. Mrs, Connie is at the location everyday talking to everyone, making improvements to the facility, taking Veterans to eat and social events with her personal finance. I moved out after 4 months and she assisted me in getting furniture and mattress from other veteran charities. Mrs. Connie has provided me exceptional support and was vital in assisting me getting back on my feet.

Troy Martin

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been volunteering at Liberty Manor for 6 years. A great non profit that addresses a hole in services for Veterans. Provides a home, meals and
support for previously homeless honorably discharged Veterans to get back in the main stream of life. I am passionate about the service this home provides
Jim Magee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am convinced this is one of the best 501c3 non-profit organizations in America! They do so much for veterans, they exceed expectations by planning Christmas In July events, taking them on fishing trips, over night beach trips, etc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Clint Eagen and I lived at Liberty Manor for a short time. I have been clean for 3 years now and have two of my children living with me in have a stable and happy life. When I had nowhere to go Connie and Liberty Manor for Veterans took me in and gave me a chance, and although my journey was not a smooth one, without their help, I'm not sure it would have been a successful one. Thank You, I'll never forget the help I was given.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GREAT PEOPLE!! DOING A GREAT SERVICE!! We need more people like Dave and Connie

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization does "fantastical" things that are nothing but positive. If something positive happens to me...something positive will probably happen to someone else. Positive breeds in the positive. It's a good start to a positive future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am proud to have honorably served our Country for 11 years. I have accomplished a few things in my life, but I believe I am nowhere near finished yet. I had no idea that my body would feel they way it started to feel about five years ago from all the abuse I put it through as a younger man. I was young and aggressive…I loved the physical challenges of being an ARMY RANGER. I never thought I would also own a business for over a decade either. But most of ALL, I never thought I would find myself homeless. I’m a not going to tell you a sob story! I want to convey to anyone who reads this that this is about hope!

I learned of Liberty Manor for Veterans from my church years before I came to them for help. Members from my church have held cookouts for the Veterans at Liberty Manor and found it fulfilling to do so…the church members were actually bragging about it. When I found myself in a homeless state, I did my best to keep my wits about me and find a solution. I was able to recall my friend’s pleasant experience at Liberty Manor. Quite frankly all it took was for me to make one simple phone call!

After speaking to Connie Blaney and Jeff Luddeke, the wheels of hope went into full gear. As fast as I was homeless, ever faster I had a new home where I could think about what got me into this position in the first place. I was provided everything I needed. I found myself in a safe home with a warm bed, all the food I could cook and eat, cable TV, washer and dryer and most of all, fellow Veterans Brothers that Ms. Blaney had rescued as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was living at the womens program, Afena House and moved here due to a recommended by a fellow veteran named Tony who was a former resident. I was introduced to Jeff and Connie while a BBQ was going on at Liberty Manor. They took me in and made me feel at home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a homeless veteran and asked a church for help, they called Liberty Manor, and they picked me up within half an hour. They were nso kind and welcoming. I now have a chance to get my life back. I can now receive rent assistance as well. Today, a veterans group brought loads of food and other things for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a former resident of Liberty Manor for Veterans, Inc.

I was standing in line at the Salvation Army shelter when Connie Blaney learned that I was an honorably discharged veteran and walked up to me, told me about Liberty Manor. I left with her that day and moved into Liberty Manor for Veterans - thank God!



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Client Served

Rating: 5

I moved to Liberty Manor from two different shelters, Liberty Manor truly feels like a home. I feel grateful to be here. I feel the contentment of the others residents here. I trust the others that reside here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at Liberty Manor from a program called New Beginnings. I was referred to Liberty Manor by Leroy Milliage with Hillsborough County Health and Social Services. When I first saw Liberty Manor, I was hooked! We are well fed and the holidasys seem much more like Christmas! I'm well pleased - thanks.

As a result of the staff and other residents, I feel better aboiut myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was recently homeless and seeking help when Hillsborough County Homeless Recovery referrred me to Liberty Manor for Veterans. I met Connie Blaney who offered me a place to stay in a matter of hours. I enjoy the environment between staff and residents because everyone is pretty close. Staff have been extremely helpful and understanding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Liberty Manor for Veterans and they found employment for me in five days! They offered me shelter, food and clothing. They really seem to care for veterans when other organizations just talk about helping us. We attended a party to honor veterans the second day I was there. I havent felt so welcome in years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a homeless Vietnam vet. I was taken in by Liberty Manor. I was provided food, shelter and support for finding a job and counseling about the benefits available to me. (Entered from paper review by GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was homeless undergoing chemo. I was accepted, no questions asked, after referral by VA. Homeless receiving organization (Entered from paper review by GNP staff member on behalf of reviewer)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a resident of Liberty Manor for over two years. I owe over four thousand dollars in rent because I am disabled and unable to work. Liberty Manor has never approached me about rent and has been very benevolent during this period when I would otherwise be homeless. Liberty Manor has also assisted me with a VA pension as I am an honorably discharged veteran. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at Liberty Manor because the living conditions where I lived were deplorable. I was encouraged by a resident, Jim Brennan, to check it out. I was more than pleased with the property, how well maintained the rooms were and the friendly staff. Liberty Manor has been more than a place to live - it has become a home with family members. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at Liberty Manor because the living conditions where I lived were deplorable. I was encouraged by a resident Jim Brennan to check it out. I was more than pleased with the property, how well maintained the rooms were and the friendly staff. Liberty Manor has been more than a place to live - it has become a home with family members. (Entered from a paper review on 9/7/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband David and I arrived penniless and downtrodden. We had been staying in a shelter where the conditions were deplorable. I met representatives of Liberty Manor who stated their place would be a huge upgrade. We had no money to offer and they accept us with open arms. We still haven't been able to pay but they have treated us like family. Connie has worked ambitiously to procure employment for us and things are starting to look more positive. The living conditions are wonderful! (Entered from a paper review on 9/8/10 by GNP staff on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have resided at Liberty Manor for Veterans for four years. I am convinced that Liberty Manor does more for the veteran community than any organization I have ever heard of.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Almost two months ago Rodney and I arrived in Florida looking for a fresh start after our own personal economic collapse in North Carolina. Tired and broke, we ended up at a local shelter where upon check-in at 4 pm daily we were no longer able to acknowledge each other's existence. Men and women are not allowed to communicated with each other. Additionally, each day as we headed out we had to carry all of our belongings with us making our job search difficult at best. After a week, we were becoming very discouraged and frustrated. Then a miracle walked into our lives. Her name is Connie Blaney. She operates several transitional homes for veterans and homeless individuals. We were allowed to be a couple again. To be there for each other, help each other, comfort each other, feel normal again. Even if that were the extent of Connie's involvement it would be amazing enough. But, there is so much more. Connie provides empowerment and encouragement to be all you can. She provides job leads, resources, referrals, respect, comfort, laughter, leisure, safety and much much more expecting only that you apply yourself to be the best you can be based on each individual's own unique capabilities. Individually, I believe in addition to the love, the genuine caring that Connie provides is key. No one else offers that. Rodney now has a wonderful full time job in the profession he loves. I am getting the medical attention I need all while being allowed to be ourselves and be a couple. Thank you Connie! (review entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Connie has help with us getting jobs now I, work at International Ship Repair in Tampa, FL. Even when my car brock down, Connie and Jim help me get the car fix so I can keep getting to work on time. Most people don't help to be helping. Connie help us to see us do better. Maybe I can help some people one day. Thank you, Connie Blaney

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern, I came to Liberty Manor and Connie Blaney on Feb. 06, 2010. I am a Navy veteran and I was just released from the Florida Dept. of Corrections for the second time. In the past 20 years, i have spent 18 of them in the prison system. My first release only lasted 2 short years and my prospects of the second release did not even look that promising, that speaks volumes about Florida's prison rehab. programs. As a vet, I felt like my country abandoned me because of my dis-functions that I incured while in the service. As a so-called "free-person," I felt like a total wash-out and totally distant and unconnected to a society to which I must now try to exist in. In short, Connie was faced with one seriously damaged vet that couldn't find a reason to live. When most people would have run from helping a vet in my situation, Connie didn't even flinch, she stepped up to the plate and faced a challenge head on. In six very short months, she has personally devoted hours and hours of her time, usually at the sacrifice of her own family and limited freedom to give guidance and a sense of hope to a vet that has substance addictions, severe mental health issues and a total lack of respect for authority. What has been the out-come from her efforts is a person that doesn't choose a case of beer as his first solution to his problems, to trust the V.A. mental health doctors to treat his issues in that area and to realize that my hate for all authority is very much mis-placed. She has given me a very real sense of being part of a family at Liberty Manor, and that in itself is totally unbelievable if you knew me and my childhood. Today, I have the responsibility of all of her maintenance needs and I have been blessed with being able to help others in the same shape as me at one of her properties. I honestly can't say that I am a totally productive member of society, yet! But she has done for me what the service or Florida Prison System couldn't do in 24 years of having custody of me. What Connie started out with five years ago was an organization, what she has today is a family of 60 or so of some of the best people this country has and I for one owe her my life, respect, and total gratitude, Thank you Sis! (Review entered by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review on behalf of reviewer)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was impressed with the services provided by Liberty Manor. Liberty Manor offered me the chance to get back on my feet. They helped me with rent assistance, finding a job, provided me food, gave me clothing - ALL OF MY NEEDS WERE MET. If you follow the rules & regs...you will be successful. I suffered through many homeless shelters where you would think one would be better served, but this organization does whsat they say they will do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Liberty Manor homeless 2 years ago. I have had nothing but good exp with this organization, I am now the director for Liberty Manor for the last 3 months. (Input by GreatNonprofits staff member from paper review form)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

its been my experience with liberty manor that Connie Blaney goes out of her way to help veterans,she has drove over 150 miles to pick up a wheel chair for veterans. she has gave money to vets to get bus passes,she has given vets a place to stay without them haveing any rent money for months i my self would not be able to do that,but she does there should be a 1000 more Connie blaney in this world

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Liberty Manor For Veterans, Inc. has 3 residential facilities in the Tampa Bay area, serving Homeless and Disabled Veterans, providing them with housing, case management, employment counseling, and advocacy, Liberty Manor receives no Government funding, and is completely self supported through rent payments, and the generosity of the Tampa Bay Community.