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Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Nursing Facilities, Seniors, Single Parent Agencies, Veterans, Youth Development

Mission: The VFW National Home for Children helps military and veteran families find stability and positive change during times of crisis.

Target demographics: military families, veteran families, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members and their descendants

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: Families who need a fresh start can live in the safe and peaceful environment of the VFW National Home for Children campus community for up to four years and benefit from numerous community supports, including professional case management services, on-site licensed child care, life skills training, tutoring and other educational services, as well as recreational and community service opportunities. Recognizing that the effects of war can last for generations, the National Home's campus community is open to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans, and descendants of members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. The National Home's Military and Veteran Family Helpline [800-313-4200] is the first step on the path to help for military and veteran families. This free service offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling families across the country. It can also serve as the first step to living at the National Home.

Community Stories

281 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Pete Walter
8 Tallowood Drive
Westampton. NJ 08060

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

2ralacharternet

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for sharing your story, Franky. There is no donation too small. Your support is very much appreciated.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your review!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

We're so glad that you had the opportunity to visit us. Thank you so much for your support!

Lawrence E.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Your contributions are very much appreciated!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Norman5

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your continued support, Norman. We look forward to your next visit as well!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for visiting us! Your support is appreciated.

Sissy B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you for your dedication to the National Home!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/28/2017

Thank you so much for your support! Because of caring individuals like you, we are able to do what we do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/15/2017

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/15/2017

Thank you for your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/15/2017

Thank you for helping to support the National Home. Your donations are appreciated!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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mktdevteam 03/15/2017

Thank you so much for sharing our Military and Veteran Family Helpline with those in need in your community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jack66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place who does a great job at no cost to the users.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived at this wonderful place for 3 years starting in 2004. The help they gave to me and my daughter was life-changing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

4 Donna228

Donor

Rating: 5

They do great work and I love donating for their work

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Donor

Rating: 5

What they do for families and children in need is outstanding and honorable.

3 Jim_152

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Tricia G.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

2 Danielle83

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!