The VFW National Home for Children is essential in helping the families and children of our nations war heroes. Many of them need assistance when a spouse is deployed and they cannot afford to keep a home stateside. The National Home then allows the family to live at the Home until the spouse returns and then even has the spouse stay at the Home until the family unit can fully function and then assists them in finding a home of their own. Many children of our nations war heroes have been permitted to get a great education and superior experiences at the Home and have then gone on to college and become outstanding citizens.
I am a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Military Order of the Cootie (MOC), and a Life Member of the National Home, as is my wife. We have been donating to the National Home since 2003 and consider it to be the pearl of the VFW and MOC. In December 2008 my wife and I were able to go to the National Home when I was the Grand Commander of the MOC in Nevada. We were able to meet with and talk to the staff, parents and children and found that every single one of them were praising the National Home and what was being accomplished there! They were very appreciative of the support they and the Home receives from members of the VFW and MOC and their Auxiliaries. We are proud to be considered a part of that support.
The recent program that was opened at the National Home to assist the spouse and family of deployed troops is absolutely outstanding!! The program helps them while the deployed spouse is gone and provides family needs. When the spouse comes home the National Home reintroduces the deployed member to the family unit and helps the family plan for the future and with getting housing and back into the normal flow of family life.
We pray the National Home continues far into the future because it is truly essential to this day and age!!
I am a proud supporter of the VFW National Home for Children because they have always stayed true to their Mission, and have adjusted their mission to meet current needs. Hundreds (thousands?) of children, and now, families have been kept from homelessness and desperation because the VFWNH has been able to provide emergency and long term assistance.
I will be a supporter of the Home for the rest of my life.
The VFW National Home for Children has been my favorite for years. How wonderful that our military families have such a wonderful place as a safe harbor when they desperately need assistance. Thank you again for the wonderful job you always do.
Catherine Steel, South Carolina
Hawaii VFW have a Home there that we support.
We receive timely reports/reviews and especially
financial reports that are transparent.
Management is up front and very professional.
Norbert K. Enos
State Adjutant - Quartermaster
Past National Inspector General
My father was a World War II veteran and an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, with my mother an active member of the Auxiliary. When he died suddenly in 1972, Mom was left alone with 5 children--all still in school. Because of the National Home's high standards and ideals, Mom seriously considered moving to the National Home. She was willing to move her family hundreds of miles, from South Dakota to Michigan, to provide us shelter and security. Ultimately, we did not have to make that move. But knowing that the National Home was there for us, I know it eased Mom's cares and concerns for our future. Fast forward a few decades...I was able to visit the VFW National Home for Children in 2014. Witnessing first hand that the high standards of caring, counseling, training and security on their campus remained the same, was very inspiring for me. I am a very proud life member supporter of the VFW National Home for Children! I have always be amazed that they continue their outstanding work for all Veterans and their families without ANY government assistance. ALL of their work is accomplished through donations from the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their Auxiliaries. In my opinion, the VFW National Home for Children is most qualified in receiving assistance in their advertising needs.
The VFW home has been in Michigan t for a long time taking care of your most precious gift. Our children ! And they really are all our children. The children live there with loving house parents , just like a real family anywhere. They learn to be self sufficient. They learn to take care of themselves and others. They are protected under VFW and Auxiliary arms of love. They are the future .
The VFW National home for Children and their families are well served in this quite community. Here families can heal together and grow together as a unit. Not only do they honor our Nation's heroes but continue to care for the the children of those who have given the last full measure to this great country. The programs they offer care these children and their families through their entire lives.
Wow, what a wonderful, peaceful place for children and the their families to become whole again. The best thing that the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary could do for a Veteran. The staff will even reach out and care for families in need all across the Nation when called on to do so. Money spent here is well invested in children who need the care.
I visited the VFW National Home for Children in September, 2016 and was extremely impressed with the professionalism, courtesy and friendliness of the entire staff. The homes, grounds and facilities for the children and families are excellent. I have never seen a better run non-profit.
8 Tallowood Drive
Westampton. NJ 08060
The VFW National Home for Children is a beautiful setting for military families to receive assistance with a place to live while learning to make a new start on life when life has failed them in some way. The staff are professional trained to lead the families back to independence and success. The children learn responsibility through projects like animal husbandry in addition to getting an education in the local schools. Parents either attend college or receive job training. They attend classes on the campus for parenting skills, financial advice, etc. to help them prepare for a successful and fulfilling life after leaving the campus.
The VFW National Home for Children is certainly the most welcome and compassionate place for children of veterans and their parents who have experienced a great loss in their lives. Many of the families are single parent after losing a parent in service to our nation. I have visited the home and families and have seen the love and hope in their eyes.
We have been at the National Home for children many times it is such a great place. It's wonderful to have such a great place where our Veterans Spouses and their children can go to get A new start.
The VFW is a wonderful place. It salvages lives and especially gives hope to children. There is an aura of happiness infused throughout the whole home. People are even changed by just visiting the home and observing for themselves. They truly do God's great work there on a daily basis.
I have visited the Home. I was really impressed with all they do for families and children. There is a strong commitment to help families get back on their feet. Their is a great educational program. Finacial training is important for family growth. It just one facet of what the Home can do. It's not an institution, it's a FAMILY helping each other.
I was badly wounded in combat as a Marine infantryman in Vietnam.
I know what it is like to come home and try to put your life back together.Those times were troubled, just like these.
Earlier this week I sent a check to this organization, it is the only way I have to thank the family and friends who helped me , most of whom are now dead.
I have yet to wake up in the middle of the night and think that I have done too much for other people , so although I am a small donor I will give again.
America's veterans have given so much, and in many cases everything.
Thank you for sharing your story, Franky. There is no donation too small. Your support is very much appreciated.
The VFW National Home provides a life-changing opportunity for veterans and their families by providing free housing, education and job training, counseling services and more!
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I have had the opportunity to have visited this wonderful facility. When I got there and had been with the children and families I was over whelmed with all the happiness I felt we had a great time went skating and then had an Easter celebration. Not too many know of this place but the world should know. The staff go above an above to make all feel welcome and at home. There should be more places like this and the world would be a better place
We're so glad that you had the opportunity to visit us. Thank you so much for your support!
As a Life Member donor to the VFW National Home for Children, I feel my individual and my post's contributions provide help to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans and –- recognizing that the effects of war can last for generations -- descendants of members of the VFW and its Auxiliary.
Your contributions are very much appreciated!
VFW National Home for Children brings help to veterans' families in need. But it also provides a channel for veterans living abroad to help veterans in the United States. We help local charities and it is rewarding, but overseas most local charities are part of the community but have no veterans' families. We can give to both and feel the gift of giving both in our local community abroad and VFW National Home in out home country.
I have had a couple of opportunities to visit the National Home and found it to be a beautiful facility filled with loving and caring professionals. I have met the staff and spoken to the families there and heard many wonderful success stories. The facility is well managed and equipped for success from the housing to the fishing lake to the 4H farm to the child care facility to the museum and even it's very own fire station it is a place to be very proud of. I am honored to be a Life Member of the National Home and look forward to my next opportunity to visit.
Thank you for your continued support, Norman. We look forward to your next visit as well!
When I visited this facility and interacted with the children it was such a joy to see the smile on their face when catching a fish in the lake or when they caught a ball or hit it for a base hit. Love this place and what they do for our Veterans and their family.
Thank you for visiting us! Your support is appreciated.
I have been involved with the VFW National Home for Children since 2004 when I visited for the first time as a Jr. Vice for the Ladies Auxiliary. My joy is knowing that when I give a donation, it is going to help make a difference in a Veteran and their family's lives. The Home is run by professional staff, maintained beautifully and always ready with our help line to aid the Veteran and their family find help if possible in their area, but if not to start the process of getting them to the Home where there will not only be a home, but counselling, help with budgeting and many other ways to help the family heal and get back to a normal life - all at no cost to the Veteran or their family.
This facility is a one of a kind tribute to those Veterans who have defended our freedom and is our way of "paying it forward" to those who need our services.
I am a VFW Auxiliary member, Past National President for the Auxiliary and now a Trustee for the National Home and I recommend everyone to get to know what the VFW National Home for Children has to offer and to support the Home with any donations possible.
Thank you for your dedication to the National Home!
I have supported the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids MI., for many years. The name is a bit confusing, because the Home serves children, but also serves families of Veterans, and active duty military. The services are truly inclusive, as the Home provides housing, Education, Daycare, Case Management, Basic Needs, such as food and clothing, health care and recreation.
The Home is truly a community of caring focused on the needs of the folks welcomed in. Compassion, encouragement and love are all part of the culture at the Home.
They stretch their dollars, facilitate hundreds of Volunteers, and have the generous support of Veterans from all generations.
I will be a life time donor to this excellent organization and I recommend them to everyone I meet.
Thank you so much for your support! Because of caring individuals like you, we are able to do what we do.
When I visit the National Home its always a joy to see the staff work and play with the children and visit the parents. The children run up to the workers (all of them) and say hi or give them a hug. What a wonderful site. The parents are given time to regain their balance of family and work/school. A lot of the parents get their college degree. They learn to balance a budget which helps them once they get their own home. The children go to local schools and get involved in local sports. When I leave National Home I am in such a joy state to see that our Veterans and families are being helped.
Thank you so much for your kind words! All of the staff at the National Home are very passionate about what we do. Thank you for volunteering your time to help us continue to serve our nation's military and veteran families.
What can I say, children and veterans, two groups so very close to my heart. They give up so much to keep us safe, I love being able to give back in a small way to the VF W national home to give families a safe and comforting place to live when they need it.
Thank you for your support!
I have only been a person that has donated a few times, but I can see the work that this agency does for children and families. I appreciate that there is something like this to help the children of Veterans.
Thank you for helping to support the National Home. Your donations are appreciated!
I am the Headquarters Admin Assistant for VFW Department of South Carolina. In my daily work I am contacted by Veterans who are in desperate situations. I naturally refer them to any local assistance but I always add the National Home Assistance line. I can not tell you the number of these familys that call me back and praise the National Home. They provide emotional support as well as contact information on assistance available nation wide.
Having been to the Home to visit, I can tell you that the work they do there is only the tip of the iceberg. I can't say enough about how helpful and caring the staff is to all who seek there assistance.
Thank you so much for sharing our Military and Veteran Family Helpline with those in need in your community!
I have always had the utmost respect for veterans and what they have done for us and our country. So when I recently moved to the area and saw that the VFW National Home for Children was located there, I knew I wanted to give back and volunteer. I was met with nothing but kindness and gratitude. I volunteer about 2-3 times a week and look forward to coming to this beautiful, serene, and calming campus every time. The staff do a wonderful job for the veterans who need a little assistance and I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of it, no matter how small my part may seem.
I have been involved with the National Home for the last seven years, helping to host the Department of Missouri bus trip to the Fall Festival. I have always found the Staff to be passionately committed to the health, education and well-being of the residents. The Administration looks for any possible way to stretch resources, such as collecting enough labels to get seven vans for Home use. That's over seven million labels!!! Dedication personified.
I've been giving a monthly gift to this organization for several years. I feel my donations are being used wisely and appreciate that it is a organization that has longevity and my gifts are beneficial to many veteran families.
During a recent visit to the home I met a young couple with their very small child. We stopped to visit for a bit. The young man was just back from deployment in Afghanistan. He and his family were residents of the home during his treatment for PTSD at a local VA facility. The home gave them a place to live during his treatment time, otherwise they would not have had a place to live. They were grateful for all the help given by the folks at the National Home. He and his wife thanked us many times for all the help and and explained what a blessing it was to have the services of the National Home available to them.
Ed McCray, Commander, VFW District 1, Dept. of Ohio
I am a member of the VFW Auxiliary to Post 2434 (Biloxi, MS). My friend and I are proud to support this great organization which helps veterans and their families during difficult times. It is so much more than the name implies, for example, on the VFW National Childrens' Home campus are many houses supported by individual states by the VFW and Auxiliary members. Mississippi has a home there. My friend and I also tell all our friends, both VFW and VFW Auxiliary members, and relatives and encourage them to donate to this organization/facility by having them sign up as lifetime members for as little as $35. I consider myself as a volunteer although I live in Mississippi and the Home is in Michigan.
I have lived at the National Home for 3 years now with my 3 children. I am in the single family program. I qualified because my grandfather was a WW11 veteran. The home has provided a safe haven for my children and myself. Before I came to the National Home I was hopeless. With the help of the support staff I got back on my feet. My children have a safe neighborhood to play at, and go on many trips. They also have access to a computer lab with tutoring available. I ask my youngest what his favorite thing is about living there and he replies; "There's lots of kids to play with, I and I feel safe" Because of the National Home for Children my children have a since of community and pride!
I lived at this wonderful place for 3 years starting in 2004. The help they gave to me and my daughter was life-changing.
What an incredible place! I was so glad to volunteer at a place that helps veterans and their families. The program makes sense and really seems to help families get 'back on their feet.' The staff were very kind and helpful. I would definitely recommend donating your time and/or funds to help this worthwhile cause. -Julie S, USAF Veteran, Dubuque, Iowa
The houses and grounds are kept meticulous! There is a lot of history there. So many families have come thru there and were able to get assistance. The staff is all friendly and extremely helpful and welcoming. We stayed in the guesthouse, which is really more like a motel. Everything is clean and well maintained. We painted a room off the new museum and sorted and scanned photos. I really enjoyed getting to see the time capsule of memories. Tim and the staff were just as concerned that we were enjoying ourselves as we were to do a good job. I would do it again! I definitely would recommend them - they are deserving of your time and donations!
They do great work and I love donating for their work
What they do for families and children in need is outstanding and honorable.
VFW Home for children, supported by VFW's nation wide, offers veterans and their families a hand up. Providing a safe and stable invierment allowing the veteran's to achieve financial stability.
We have been raising funds from our VFW Auxiliary Post 8203 for our national home. All funds go to a great cause. Helping veterans an families is there mission.
We are proud to support such a wonderful place that allows Families and Children of Veterans to assist them in their time of need. It is amazing such a place exists so the children can continue to be educated, enjoy a fun place, to be with others that share their experiences, and so much more. Thank you to the people that continue to make this a great place. Military Order of Cooties; Pup Tent White Mule #2
The work they do for children is unmatched. Children have the opportunity to be just that: children. They are nurtured, loved, supported, and cared for! Absolutely wonderful home for our veterans and their children!
This nonprofit offers safety, financial, and educational support to all of its participants. My daughter and grandkids live here and this experience has been life changing for them.
Wonderful place for veteran's families. The care is very evident.
Great Dedication And A Great Help To Veterans And Families. Veterans And Families
Who Have Had Multiple Deployments Deserve Care And A Chance To Heal And
Enjoy Life Again.
The VFW National Home For Children Has Been Helping Military And Veterans'
Families Since 1925
I am proud to support this fantastic organization and the wonderful work they do.
The time that I have spent at the National Home was great and my wife and I plan to visit and support them as much as we can. The work they do in helping is immeasurable. I am happy to help support them.
I was a resident at the home in the early 1950s after my mother died. My sister and I spent about 2 yrs there and then our Father brought us back home. It was a great place for children.
Visited the home in May. Best experience since my kids and grandkids were born. The Staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. The residents told very positive events that have happened to them and their families. They were all grateful for the counciling given for financial, health, and many more to help them get on the path to success.
Without the services of the National Home I don't know where my three children and myself would be today. They provide a home and safe environment for my family to live while I can get back on my feet. The services they provide for my family are overwhelming such as tutoring, life skills, trips, job skills,daycare, just to name a few. The National Home also teaches my children the value of our veterans and the sacrifices they have made for us. We are very grateful and blessed to live at the home.
Dollar for dollar the VFW National Home is one of the best things going. The work they do to try and bring a sense of normal living to the families and children they have at their location is simply outstanding.
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".
This place has helped my family in ways I will never be able to repay. I have no idea where we would be without them. They treat you like family.
I have donated to the Home for years and visited 6-7 times (14hours on a bus each way--tells you how much I love the place). The kids are smart, friendly, and true ambassadors of the organization. The parents are given a chance to learn and grow and become the parents they want to be in a safe, inspiring environment. On one visit I met a mother and her three kids the week they arrived, early in December. The kids clung to their mother, were fearful of others, and timid when accepting our Christmas gifts. The next year I saw them again, Mom looked 10 years younger and glowed with confidence. The children were smiling, offered hugs, and went off, without Mom, to help the staff with some younger kids. All were talkative and grateful for the opportunities they had been given. Mom was going to school to get a better job, and the kids were excelling in school. THIS is why I give my money and my time --- to give others a hand up so they can help themselves to a better life.
I have donated to the Home over the years, and have visited several times with our Military Order of Cooties/Auxiliary organization. It is a wonderful place that not only cares for the children and the families, but teaches them life skills to grow as people and improve their situations. They give the parents and children a safe and nurturing place to live, while they better themselves through education and job training. It is a hand up - not a hand out.
At one time, I referred someone to the home. While they did not end up moving to Michigan, the staff worked diligently to find them the resources that could help them here in Minnesota.
I would like to say thanks to all the stall at the Veterans Of Foreign Wars National Home For Children. They have continued to provide a needed service to the families of our veterans.
I have been a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 36 years and the National Home has been there for the children of or Veterans as long as I can remember. The children have all the comforts of a real home. I feel that the National Home is a wonderful place to grow up.
Great support for our military and families. The states all take part by building homes for the families then by taking care of the homes with donartions from the Posts.
The V.F.W. National Home for Children has been serving Veterans and their families for many years. The care and concern shown to those who have lived and are living on the campus is outstanding. The facilities are kept up to high standards and the home is supported greatly by the various Departments (States) and past and current National officers. This is the best facility for veteran famiiles!!!!!
My friend went to live at the VFW National Home for Children along with her young daughter to get out of an abusive relationship. It was a tremendous help in getting her life back on track. She was given time to learn skills that helped her get a job. She is now on her own, owns a home and has remarried. All thanks to the National Home.
The homes and grounds of this facility represent the highest levels of workmanship and care that can be seen in American neighborhoods. Anyone would be proud to call this place home, and the staff has the deepest regard for making our guests comfortable. Our visits here are always very pleasant, with everyone using the most courteous hospitality.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children does a great job at caring for the dependents of the deployed service member, the entire campus was well kept and clean, all the facilities looked great, the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
If you have never had the experience of visiting the VFW National Home for Children, you are missing a great experience. The services provided by those that work and volunteer there is wonderful. There are houses that were built by funds from different states throughout the United States to provide housing for our military families that have someone serving overseas.
They provide training and help for women in need of getting back into the work force. They have a daycare and childcare onsite that provides services for those mothers already working. Houses are built to accommodate those with a handicap. IF you have a family to visit there, they have a place to stay onsite and a chapel if you would like to have a quiet place to worship. They have a gym with areas set up to entertain and accommodate different age groups from teens to preschool.
My husband and I stopped in unannounced one afternoon and were treated to a personal tour of the campus. They are one of a kind. They are dedicated to helping our veterans and their families. They have my blessings. I am now a lifetime member. They make a difference.
PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS BOARD MEMBER. HAVE MADE MANY TRIPS TO NATIONAL HOME
AND HAVE SEEN THE GOOD WORK DONE AND THE HAPPY CHILDREN. ALSO WITNESSED THE
GOOD WORK DONE WITH THE SINGLE PARENTS WITH TEACHING THEM TO BUDGET AND PROVIDE
FOR THEIR CHILDREN. STAFF IS GREAT AND CARING.
Had the opportunity to visit the campus. Met lots of caring staff. Wonderful organization.