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Wounded Warrior Homes Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing Search Assistance

Mission: Provide transitional housing and services for veterans who served

Target demographics: single post-9/11 combat veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 1,200 veterans

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: transitional housing, facilitating continued access to hands-on resources, and a defined path for each member to transition from active-duty military service to independent living as a veteran of foreign wars.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering for Wounded Warrior Homes was excellent. I took a group of my high school students there to volunteer this past summer and it definitely was the highlight of the summer. The staff was beyond nice, very personable and loved their jobs. All of this made it a pleasant experience for us. What I really appreciated was that they took the time out to speak to my group about veterans and the issues that wounded veterans, both physically and emotionally have to deal with. The hard work that the staff puts in day in and day out is definitely commendable. I look forward to volunteering again.

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3 Lia_

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good for groups volunteer work, especially high school aged.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with WWH for several weeks during 2015. WWH is truly a great organization comprised of first-class, passionate people. I could feel the enthusiasm and teamwork while I was in the office, and WWH's commitment to veterans is impressive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Wounded Warrior Homes on a variety of events. Work days at the house, fundraising tournaments and have donated my businesses resources are a few examples of recent work I have done with them as a volunteer. I am always impressed by how organized the team is and how focused they are on the veterans they are helping. This team truly cares!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We visited Wounded Warriors and did some volunteer work for them, not only were they kind and informative, they really made my students feel like their work mattered. Wounded Warrior Homes is great for groups, they are attentive, welcoming, and do great things for our Wounded Warriors. Thank you WWH Inc for an incredible experience.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with WW Homes for about 6 months or so now and every experience has been fantastic! They have had opportunities for me to involve my children as well, and have welcomed them as if they were their own. It means a lot to me to teach my kids about giving back to the community and I am fortunate enough to have found that with Wounded Warrior Homes. Mia and Steve, as well as their entire staff are professional, but kind-hearted and awesome to work with. I plan to continue to work with them at upcoming events and hopefully encourage some others to join me. Such a great cause.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WWH is an amazing program that is passionate about helping veterans with PTS and TBI transition from active duty to civilian life. The dedication of the staff and BOD is exceptional. I couldn't have picked a better organization to volunteer with.

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3 Jon_26

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is the greatest! I honestly don't think that my family and I would have made it without them. Mia, Steve, Gene, Valerie, so many to name, you all area blessing. These folks are for real. They care, they welcomed me not only as a client, but a part of their family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

2 Valerie47

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the Board as a way of giving back. I soon found that I had found my niche and took over as Fundraising Chair. The events and outing give me a chance to express my enthusiasm for the work Wounded Warrior Homes is doing! Mia our CEO and Founder works 24/7 and smiles thru everything! The group of men we help were at one time living in their cars, couch surfing, jail, VA mental health ward etc... All felt they were alone until they met Mia's smiling warm embrace and Wounded Warrior Homes comfortable surroundings. After leaving us to go on to bigger and better things they continue to work with us in many ways. I had found something that I believed in and strive to help change the lives of many more homeless Veterans with TBI or PTS.

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2 Kat P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board of Wounded Warrior Homes this year. I have been extremely impressed with the quality and care in which it is run. It is truly an amazing organization helping our military vets in times of greatest need! What an awesome group!

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2 Stacy43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for this organization as an externship for CalState San Marcos. What an incredible group of folks; they are passionate about their mission to care for local wounded warriors. Best experience od my college career!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity helps combat wounded veterans suffering from PTS and TBI injuries as a result of military service recover and transition back into civilian life. Often, these veterans lack the financial resources or are waiting for military disability benefits. The staff sincerely cares about those who have served our country and have suffered debilitating injuries as a result. As a veteran and volunteer at this organization, I know the staff is very knowledgeable, caring, and very efficient in the way it allocates its funding. Donations can be used to fund general functions or donors can request that their donations are used in specific ways whether housing programs or otherwise. This is a first rate organization and I am proud to associated with it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

During my senior year in college, I was required to find a location to do an internship for. At that point I had yet to decide on the population I wanted to serve once I completed my education and knew I needed to start making this decision soon. I contacted Wounded Warrior Homes in Vista and met with them shortly thereafter. After only 30 minutes, the dedication of the staff (Mia and Gene), as well as the truly unique approach to transitional housing for our country's valuable veterans was inspiring. They let me complete my internship with them and I have continued volunteering long after my required obligation was complete. I truly believe this program design is the most effective way to support these veterans. Anyone who spends just a few minutes talking with the staff and other volunteers will see the dedication and compassion they have for unfortunately growing population. My time with Wounded Warrior Homes has helped give me direction and a population to serve in my professional life moving forward.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The heart of the people involved in this organization is what makes it so wonderful. They truly care for each and every wounded warrior assisted by their efforts and their heart aches for every veteran that has to be turned away. The goal is grow in capacity and efficiency so that every veteran that needs assistance can receive it. Proud to be a member of such a worthy and necessary organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Veteran homelessness is a serious problem every American has an obligation to not only understand, but to take action against. These men and women defend the very freedom all Americans take for granted. Wounded Warrior Homes has taken up the mantel for these men and women. Those who have served and left their service time with traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress need all the support they can get while they wait for their benefits to kick in. Good bless Wounded Warrior Homes and everything they do!!! And God Bless America!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for where I am and what Wounded Warrior Homes has done for me. I was a veteran of 18 years who had two combat tours and numerous Humanitarian deployments as a Navy Corpsman. Unfortunately, after an injury and years of taking opiates, coupled with Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) symptoms ultimately led to my early departure from what I loved to do, which was saving lives. With a quick departure from the military I was left jobless, homeless and without a car. I was constantly moving around living on friends’ couches. After having a series of blackouts, no one was willing to take a risk with me and ended up in the hospital with nowhere to go. I was fortunate enough that I was able to get temporary shelter at a local crisis house for two weeks. While there, I was able to work with my case manager who referred me to Wounded Warrior Homes. With everything seemingly to be falling apart around me and the situation didn't leave me with any options or reasons to “carry on”, it was a positive in a seemingly negative world. Since living here a lot of the stress has been taken out of my life and that allows me to gather my thoughts and priorities and focus on myself and what needs to be done without the stressors of everyday life. I honestly can’t say where I would be if it weren't for Wounded Warrior Homes, but I don’t know that I am in a better place now and grateful for everything they've done and are doing for me.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to serve with the wonderful people in this organization. Everyone is so dedicated to providing housing for and giving support to the veterans that may not otherwise have anywhere or anyone else to turn to during their challenging transition out of the military. The care given and the planning to make it all happen is so thoughtful and comprehensive. I have witnessed the impact that Wounded Warrior Home, Inc. has had on the lives of many men and it is truly amazing.

1 Mary237

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a volunteer service learning experience for college and chose the Wounded Warrior Homes because of their interest in assisting post 9/11 veterans that had been injured while serving on active duty. I found their purpose and passion genuine, and immediately embraced their vision of assisting the community with the needs of providing transitional housing and support to the recently discharged veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Wounded Warrior Homes for over two years. From the first event I volunteered for I felt the passion and all encompassing heart and soul being dedicated by the Founders. I have seen Wounded Warrior Homes thrive and grow through the pure dedication and hard work of the founders and a small group of volunteers. Just in the past year I could personally see their first home for transitioning wounded warrior veterans come to fruition and can see and regularly be involved with its' successes.
One of the things that makes me stay involved with Wounded Warrior Homes is that it is a local non-profit where I can literally "see" that it is working and that donations are used properly in helping these wounded veterans heal.

1 Steve92

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am Co Founder of Wounded Warrior Homes. The personal eye opener for Me was having 2 service members end up in our house after serving in Iraq post 911. Both somehow ended up on the same area on the living room floor. When asked why they told me they felt safe there and then proceeded to tell Me in great detail everything they had done while fighting for our freedom. I asked the first one to stop as I have never served and had a hard time taking in the story I just told. At that moment I really understood the sacrifices that our service members and there families make. The challenges that I saw over the next couple of years was tough to watch. The next thing I know is Wounded Warrior Homes is born. We currently have a full house and are looking to open another house. Getting our warriors before they end up living on the streets is our goal. Steve Roseberry