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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation


Three Hots & A Cot will serve those who have served.  Provide a place for homeless veterans to receive the assistance they need to transition back to civilian society.  Each veteran will be treated with the dignity and respect due to every member of our armed services.  Without regard to race, creed, color, or religious background any veterean who seeks our assistance will be afforded the opportunity our services offer. 

Target demographics: Homeless veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 250 veterans and family members

Geographic areas served: Central Alabama

Programs: Provide services for homeless veterans while transitioning into affordable housing. This will include; lodging, meals, access to medical, dental, counseling, job placement, and other social services as needed by the participant. Identify and provide services to veterans who are in danger of becoming homeless.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Bricurtis

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am one of many many veterans that Three Hots has helped. I was trained and hired by this great organization as a asst resident manager and I am 8 days short of my 1 yr anniversary working for Three Hots and I am now the resident manager at Saint Benedict's Veteran Center one of the transitional houses operated by Three Hots and A Cot. I enjoy my job even though trying at times but getting veterans like myself back on their feet is a huge need in this country and being a part of this team makes it all worth while.. Thank you JD, Rich and Vick for this opportunity to give back..


Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Veteran and one of those who was about to be homeless when founder, JD, and co-founder, Rich, rescued me and my wife. If it wasn't for them, I would likely have been on the street and vulnerable to all the elements, including the criminal element. As it turned out, though, JD threw me a life line, so to speak, and didn't let go until we were reeled into safety.
I can never forget that - or you, the donors and contributors, because you folks are the ones who make rescue possible.
Today, I help these guys do similar things for other veterans who need help.But all I can do is "manage" - manage that which our loyal donors and contributors actually make possible.

Thanks to everyone from the bottom of my heart. Even if I couldn't do a single thing for Three Hots and A Cot, I'm a loyal fan to the end. Thanks again everybody!

Comments ( 1 )


Jerome S. 03/11/2015

This is why we do what we do at Three Hots & A Cot - we need to do more - and we will do more

2 Mary235


Rating: 5

Three Hots and A Cot is a wonderful organization helping veterans get their lives back on track.... The help they have offered is not only to just the veterans, but also to their families. If you are wanting a place to donate or volunteer, this is the place. Stop by one of their locations, visit and see what a great organization it is.

1 Lynn54


Rating: 5

A friend of mine told me about Three Hots and a Cot. My dad was Air Force and instilled in me a very deep patriotic feeling. I've been keeping up with them almost from the beginning. I've gotten my women's group at church and my co workers to collect items for the houses they are re building for homeless veterans - we all know how expensive keeping up households so think about 10 homes! They also assist with counseling, job training, addiction help, and so much more. This is a great organization and I've chosen to support these veterans in memory of my dad and the sacrifices of all veterans throughout the years.


Rating: 5

Started by JD Simpson, a handful of volunteers and his family.....this non profit has helped hundreds of would- be homeless veterans get back on their feet, kept a roof over their heads, pointed them in a positive direction and gave many veterans and their families....the hand UP that they needed.

This non profit works on a lot of personal donations, hard work and sweat to keep these men and woman of this area moving onward and upward.

They deserve any $$$ you can donate....any can food/household items, produce etc that your group, your Sunday School class, your Lions club, your neighborhood can collect for them. It is not that you have to give a lot to help....just give something....canned goods, coffee, toilet paper, a few $$$, etc.



Rating: 5

Three Hots and a Cot provides housing for homeless veterans. They help them get their military benefits. This is a much needed service. There is many homeless veterans out there that just need someone to help them. I am thankful that this organization has been established to help them.
They operate on donations only.

2 Jerome S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I founded this organization in 2009 and with the help and guidance of a lot of different people we have been able to make an impact on so many lives. I thank each of our donors, our volunteers, our advisors, our board members - and most of all I thank all the veterans and their families who come and help us each day to reach those men and women who have served our nation. I encourage you to visit one of our homes and our web site at www.cotsforvets.org and see how we are able to help others.

2 lora-leigh


Rating: 5

Three Hots & a Cot supports veterans that need temporary housing assistance. I have donated food to them & visited with their veterans. They are completely devoted to the veterans they assist. You can find one of their vans making a medical run to the VA Medical Center on a daily basis to get patients to their appointments on time. If you love veterans and want to support an organization that is trying to fill the gap for missed needs in Birmingham you will be very pleased with your use of money or time to Three Hots & a Cot.