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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: We provide our Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists with home furnishings through the donations of others. We also provide them with a rescued companionship animal.

Results: In 2012 helped over 225 families, in 2013 we helped over 500 families in 2014 , 954 families, in 2015 we helped 1006 families, in 2016 we helped 981 families, in 2017 we helped 1006 and in 2018 we helped 1012. At Patriots and Paws we count on our Volunteers. Last year we put in over 14,250 volunteer hours. We did almost 1000 pick ups of donated goods from the community in 2018. This doesn't include those who dropped off items. We're so humbled to help our Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists in a way that is changing lives, giving hope and dignity, and letting them know that someone cares. So often we hear, “I didn’t think anyone cared." Patriots and Paws knows people care. Our supporters do that with their donations and treasures. Our volunteers do it with their time and talents. Without our donors and our volunteers, our Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists would be opening doors to empty rooms - sitting, eating, and sleeping on the floor that they call home. One of our Army Veterans’ story stands out. Michelle is a mother of three, and all under 10. One child has special needs. In addition to transitioning back into civilian life, she is struggling with making sure her daughter is getting the best care she can. Just recently, Michelle began home schooling her, while making sure her other two children get to all of their activities. Having basic items in her home gives Michelle dignity and hope that she will make it through this tough time. Now, Michelle's children are safely riding bikes with helmets and sleeping in comfortable beds provided through generous and caring donors. This past year has been amazing. One of the biggest changes is moving, the second move since Patriots and Paws began. Starting in a storage unit 30 feet deep, 15 feet wide and 15 feet high, we filled 6 units before moving into our first 5200 sq. feet warehouse. Now, we're in a warehouse that is almost 7700 sq. feet and have almost a 20,000 sq. foot private yard. Home Depot donated their time, talent, and treasures to put in landscaping. This will give us a park like setting in our yard, allowing us to have more events for our Veterans at our location. West Coast Arborists joined the effort to create a welcoming space for our Veterans. They'll also be donating and planting trees to add to our landscaping. Our landlords give us so much liberty to do our mission and for that Patriots and Paws is grateful, we've been busy helping our Veterans.

Target demographics: We have serve Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists and their immediate families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1012 families of Veterans, Active Military, Reservists throughout Southern California.

Geographic areas served: Southern California area.

Programs: Provisions for Patriots, where we provide home furnishings like beds, couches, dining room tables, dishes, pots and pans and other basics to create there home. We will also unite them with a companionship animal that is fixed, current on shots and micro chipped all for FREE.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

grcnconnects

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Allen L. Brown. I am a Vietnam veteran. After my service in the military my career as a civilian became servicing others. Specifically abused and neglected children. My agency that I founded would teach life skills in order to help them in their transition from growing up in the system to adult life.
I gave so much of my self as well as my finances that one day I looked up and I was broke and living on the streets. In order to get back up on my feet I needed help.
I had never used any kind of veteran services because I felt that one of my fellow veteran brothers may need it more than me. Unfortunately my health started failing me and I had to seek help.
So through word of mouth passed on by my brothers I was referred to Patriots and Paws. I must admit that I was a bit embarrassed and shame and I guess a bit prideful in going there.
However once I arrived I was so amazed at how friendly and welcoming everyone was. From the time I arrived there were other veterans. We acknowledged each other either with a smile and the words that we have learned to appreciate. Welcome Home.
The staff were kind, patient and caring.
After presenting our credentials we were told to go shopping in this quite large warehouse to find the things that we had requested. The selection was very large and well taken care of.
The lady's in charge, my opinion went above and beyond the call of duty. Because after I had finished they pointed out a couple items that they thought I could use. It was like your mom sending you off to your first apartment. Very heart warming.
I would sincerely recommend that any veteran who has found them self in need to give them a call.

carshowbet

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is fabulous, they have been providing household furnishings and items to veterans and active military personnel very long time. It has been the honor of Volunteers For Veterans Foundation to support this group over the years.

Wendy156

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to have had the opportunity to volunteer at Patriots and Paws . I had not even the slightest Idea how much this organization and the founder herself had to offer out Veterans. The impact on the community and value this organization holds is important in so many ways.

Our Veterans deserve any and all help they can get while they are transitioning or are in any kind of need of assistance. The founder works non stop to provide these men and women with anything from clothes to household needs for them and their families.

I am a better person for spending my time here and meeting the other volunteers that give their time to show support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for this organization for almost a year, and I have become very loyal to its mission. Donations of furniture, linens, dishes, and small appliances are made available to needy and homeless veterans. it's a great way to aid those individuals who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Special events throughout the year raise funds to support the cause, and the public is invited to these functions. Check us out!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Patriots and Paws, I feel honored to help some of our American heroes in a small way. The organization is all volunteer and no-one works more or harder than the founder. I am astonished at the donations that are received and the number of Veteran families who benefit from this. Anyone looking for a non-profit to donate to and believe in, this is it. All the volunteers I have had the privilege to work with have been pleasant and hard working. The donors are grateful to be able to give to such a needed and good cause.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patriots and Paws really succeeds to be a positive contributing member to the community. The organizational focus is to help as many of our service members (veterans, reservists, and active members) in the best way possible. Patriots and Paws is a place to feel as though your efforts are valued and appreciated.
As a true non profit; they maintain full transparency and traceability of their operational costs. No unscrupulous activities or intentions here. Just a really great place to contribute your time and/or money.
They are striving to grow and be better; to help and serve as many people as possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated 4 chairs and two lamps. While I was there I got a tour of the facility and I saw two veterans picking out home furnishings for their families. They were very thankful to Patriots and Paws for giving them this opportunity to make their lives more complete.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to volunteer for a truly Veteran organization. They help not only for their house hold goods are a wealth of resources to aid our heroes. They make sure donated goods go to veterans. they never sell things. they are 100% volunteer run and depend on donations to keep the warehouse going.
They treat our military as American heroes.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patriots and Paws helps our Veterans and Military families with the household necessities they need, The furniture and appliances that are donated to Patriots and Paws are then given free of charge to the Veteran or Military family that needs them. This organization not only raises the spirits of those receiving the items, but the volunteers of Patriots and Paws are working for the greater good of our so deserving Veterans and Military Families!!! I am more than proud to be a volunteer of this worthwhile organization. As a sister of a Viet Nam veteran, I know firsthand what our veterans have gone through and continue to go through, and life is much tougher today to make it all work. Thank you Patriots and Paws, Penny and Linda for establishing this non-profit, and for all that you do!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer of patriots and paws. I love what penny does for those that have served and that are serving. Its brings me joy that i now get to help out these vets and return the favor. The whole set up is wonderful they get to walk in and see all the new items we have been collecting through the week.

4 Bob_76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a client and volunteer penny and the gang have more than showed what compassion and community service really means. Patriots and paws had shown me what just a little help can mean so much to others. As a veteran I am extremely glad they are there to help all service members. As a volunteer I get much satisfaction out of helping others and spreading the great word of Patriots and paws.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Patriots and Paws is an amazing nonprofit organization that has went out of there way to help me even though i'm just a volunteer. This is one of the few places where you go and can volunteer doing a lot of manual labor and it never gets tiresome. The greatest part about this place isn't just the friendly caring volunteers but also seeing the smiles on the faces of all the veterans we have helped and those yet to come. If you are a vet looking for assistance it is a great place to come. If your looking to volunteer your help will be actually appreciated and what better way to help then to give time to those who risked it all.

5 Zachary4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a homeless female veteran that lost everything I owned in a storage unit. I had nothing! But when the VA finally settled the Pension portion of my disability claim, I was able to finally afford to get my own place after living in a series of rooms with some very undesirable roommates. However, I did not have any furniture or houseware to make a real "home."
I was referred to 'Patriots and Paws' and while I had to wait until my name came up, I did not have a very long wait. When I was called and told to come in and pick out my furniture, I was very relieved and happy! When I did come in, the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. They assisted me to pick out what I needed and often asked to make sure that I did not need anything else. They made the whole experience very enjoyable. I received everything I needed and more. 'Patriots and Paws' also assisted me in getting my new Service Dog from WAGS at no cost to me, as well as assist me in training my Service Dog.
I will highly recommend 'Patriots and Paws' to every veteran that I know that needs furniture or assistance in helping to locate a Service Dog or a Companion Animal. The staff is all volunteers, and for the most part, they are all veterans! They are professional, friendly, caring and very accommodating. I would also highly encourage businesses and private donors to donate to this great nonprofit because 100% of what they do are done to the betterment of our veterans! God bless 'Patriots and Paws.'

6 MaxS

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a Navy Veteran, served on the US Kittyhawk, I was surprised to learn about Patriots and Paws - Fountain Valley. The Director Penny, is very patriotic and supportive to the needs of all veterans. I was given a few donated items that relieved my stress, since I am unemployed at the moment and have not received any money from UI for quite some time now. My moral and outlook to the future have been lifted by this simple gesture. I truly appreciate all who donate and for Penny and her cause.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My roomate and I are both veterans, we just moved into an apt and didnt have furniture. Patriots and Paws gave us alot of help. Its a great organization which supports local vets. highly reccomended

4 Sharon93

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that help active or retired military with household items and of course the dog(paws).
We got involved when my (estate sales & liquidations)company needed to donate items and most of the charties could not take very many items. So we looked around and heard from my senior mover and she told me about them. We got hold of Patriots and Paws and history was made. Reaching out to our clients and with their donations. They have made a huge difference for ths charity. We have been working with them for almost a year now. We enjoy the reward of making a difference to our Military in any way we can. My family was very involved in the military and I wanted to keep that alive in memory of them, but mostly for the Vets that are here and for the ones who are gone and should never be forgotten! Freedom is not Free! They all have given their time for us to have the lives we all enjoy. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice! God Bless all of them!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Patriots and Paws is a true godsend for us veterans. My husband and I were homeless for many years, and received our VASH/Section 8 voucher. Penny was so helpful in getting us the furniture and household appliances we needed to make this house a home, and at no cost to us. We appreciate this organization for all of the help they've given us, and every one of our comrades who have contacted them. God Bless Patriots and Paws

5 Susan228

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of Patriots and Paws from a social worker at the VA. This is truly a grass root organization that has no agenda other than helping veterans and service members. I was in need of a couple items. I was allowed to look through boxes and storage units.

There was no limitation on what I could have other then just a need. My sons drove me to the place Patriots and Paws are currently at. My sons especially my youngest enjoyed being there more then any of us. There were many small items that he was thrilled with especially a new pair of work gloves.

I went back to my place to make it a better home for my sons and me. The couch, we picked up needed a little work. My youngest gave it a good scrubbing. I couldn't believe it was the same couch. My son is very proud of "his" couch. I am very proud to be a veteran and mom. Most 18 year old boys wouldn't want a "handy down." My son is glad it save us money so we could use the money saved to care for us.

Penny emails me on occasion when she gets to things that I have on my wish list. I can't often make the scheduled time because of transportation. Penny is awesome in what she has set out to do and that is to help veterans, service members and their families.

Please make a donation; volunteer or contact if you can help or need help. I love that the organization provides a four legged friend if you are in need. My son has a cat and Patriots and Paws were able to give him litter which was a true blessing.

Just knowing that total strangers have come together to help us is pretty awesome. It is extremely hard to live in the streets because people look at you like you are trash. Places like P&P helps with self esteem by unconditional kindness. Keep up the great work.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a service connected vet who was homeless for two years. I finally got transitional housing. Now I needed furniture and household appliances. I contacted Patriots and Paws and before long I had all I needed 100% free. They really do help vets as they say.

4 Corey7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization. Me and my wife recently moved into an appartment and had only our previous bed and kitchen appliances. We contacted Patriots and Paws and informed them that we were in need of a living room sofa . within a days time we received and email and follow up phone call and was given the address were we could pick up the item . Wonderful people and a great cause ! Thank you so much !